Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

This is a portion of the Ballard Bridge from the Lake Washington Ship Canal, I was on an early Spring paddle last year with Adam. It’s the last bridge (not counting the railroad bridge by the Locks) before the Ship Canal empties into Puget Sound. The double-leaf bascule bridge (i.e., a drawbridge) itself was built in 1917 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction of the tender’s perch was supervised later by George Jetson. Ballard is one of the further-flung in-city neighborhoods, NW of the downtown area. A lot of funny-smelling old ladies and stoic fishermen used to live there but they’ve since gone underground.

Tonight I mowed the front yard with a pair of Fiskar hand scissors while Adam built a highly-engineered road around the outer perimeter of his sandbox. Construction was temporarily halted so we could admire the unusually large quantity of worm castings deposited in fascinating twirls and squiggles.

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