09 Aug 2020

Seattle Japanese Gardens

Hey Seattle family and friends. Have you ever been to the Seattle Japanese Gardens? I remember when they were created in 1960, but never had a chance to visit them. Have you?
You won’t find a more serene place in town. No wonder it is one of the most highly regarded Japanese-style gardens in North America and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually.
Gardens in Japan have long been regarded as an important art form that’s essential to life. This 3.5-acre garden features a style developed in the late-16th to early-17th centuries known as stroll gardens
They were designed by renown landscape designer Juki Iida. Although he designed over 3,000 gardens in Tokyo, this is the only large scale one that has survived.
I didn’t take this shot. As beautiful as it was today, the colors are much more spectacular other times of the year.

31 Jul 2020

Bainbridge Island, WA 2020

We visited Bainbridge Island today. It is a half hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle. It could be the most beautiful commute in the US.
We had a lunch at Harbour Public House. Lately we only eat out if there is outside seating. The food was as good as the view and the draught beer list was surprisingly huge.
After lunch we visited a small beach house I owned years ago. The current owner was there and chatted us up a while.
Fay Bainbridge Park still is delightful. Besides the normal activities, it is one of the most peaceful environments that I know. It was the main incentive for our trip today.
We took a hike down the beach and saw all these shoes in front of somebody's house. I'm not sure whether they are supposed to be art or some type of outside closet.
We continued our walk and went all the way to the second beach home that I had for quite a while. When my boys were young I was on the road constantly and wanted to make up for it by having a place we could visit on weekends for some intense bonding. We loved it so much that we moved in there during the summers and even kept it when we lived in New York.

20 Jul 2020

Another Day on the Water in Seattle, 2020

Since it was yet another beautiful day in Seattle, we decided to spend it on the water. We started on Lake Union because that is where the boat is moored.
It was kind of the fire department to give us a little show.
Then we headed to Lake Washington. We passed through Portage Bay.
And the Mountlake Cut.
And then it was on to Lake Washington.
Mount Rainier was out with all of its splendor today.

14 Jul 2020

More Seattle Beauty, 2020

This weekend I continued showing Allyn around the beautiful Seattle area. We had to visit a doctor in Issaquah and it gave us a chance to find yet another great coffee house. I love seeing shops in charming free standing buildings instead of just shopping centers.
It's fun to pick on Seattle for its lousy weather. Every day has been nice since we arrived two weeks ago and in Las Vegas it has been well over 100 daily.
As long as we were on the east side of Seattle, I took her to the house I used to have way up high in Forest Highlands (South Bellevue) overlooking Mercer Island and Seattle.
Later we visited our friend, Mike Silver, at his home in Three Tree Point, Burien. You absolutely gotta love Mt. Rainier.
We stopped for coffee and ended up with a terrific sandwich at Queen Anne Coffee. They make their own challah pretzel bread.
Then I went up to Magnolia to show her the beautiful Puget Sound view from up high. This is NOT what we got to see today. The mountain was hiding.
Without exaggeration, I have definitely driven through the Washington Park (University of Washington) Arboretum over 1,000 times. Never have I stopped to take in the sights and take a nice hike. Today I did because that is what we have been doing.
While there we also walked to Foster Island (part of the Arboretum). Lots of ducks (geese?) and a good shot off Husky Stadium in the background.

10 Jul 2020

Lake Washington Boat Trip - Seattle, 2020

The best views in Seattle are generally from the water or of the water. As such we rented a runabout boat for the time we will be here. I took Allyn to view the two homes I lived in on the lake. That afforded me an opportunity to show her the beautiful homes of Laurelhurst and the parts of Eastside north of the Evergreen Point Bridge which runs between Seattle and Bellevue.
To put some perspective to distance, it takes about 30 minutes for us to get to and through the Mountlake Bridge. 
There are three floating bridges that go from Seattle across Lake Washington. The Evergreen Point Bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world. They work, but are expensive. This type bridge structure is most suitable for deep waters with soft bottoms. Lake Washington dept averages over 100 feet deep and is 200 feet deep in places.
The houses along the water are as majestic as always. Many of the old estates are still there in all of their elegance and others have been divided to make room for more huge homes. The architecture is quite varied. The gardens are uniformly magnificent all along the way. Many have boats, a few have seaplanes, and a helicopter is even seen periodically.
Then we tied up at downtown Kirkland which has become even more quaint over the years.We even hiked all the way to my old house and back. I see my sculpture is still there.