the elliott bay trail

The youngest bicyclist in our household is only a few months removed from training wheels and has a bike with one gear so initially the boys and I stuck to sidewalks for our Saturday afternoon ride: Starting with a delightfully long downhill (distant views of the university’s football stadium) and then gradually leveling off into the Montlake neighborhood where tenured professors live in tidy houses with those telltale neat but frumpy yards that convey organized people with not a lot of time and which feature improperly-pruned fruit trees with watershoots like cellular radio towers and that mess the sidewalk with rotting manna and protrude branches which hang down and poke you in the head.  Sprinkled in are fancier, somewhat larger older homes lived in by aging code monkeys from 1998 who conscientiously ride their bikes astonishingly long distances but will bus it on rainy days and finally you have the smattering of dark little bungalows inhabited by curmudgeonly native Seattleites who go for walks in the Arboretum to blow off steam and scowl at English ivy like newcomers from Michigan, ripping it all down bare-handed.

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After stopping several times to browse uninspiring yard sales consisting of broken radio control cars and embarrassingly bad music collections, we continued across the ship canal (stopping on the bridge to admire boat traffic this magnificent blue-green day) and joined up with the Burke Gilman Trail for a leisurely ride eastward, though the final push to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard was rather unpleasant as a matter of course. Throughout and during this time we paid a visit to the hordes on Kite Hill in Gas Works Park, got milkshakes (root beer and strawberry) in Fremont and whizzed past giddy beerphiles at Oktoberfest.

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On Sunday, we rode the full length of the Elliott Bay Trail and that’s where these pictures come from.  We were crosstown for Adam’s game in Magnolia, a place which I find positively dreadful to the fullest with the exception of that one Discovery Park (which we have not visited since the Victoria-ish rupture that sent alligator turds streaming like Atlantic Salmon into Elliott Bay) and it being such a pleasant, warm afternoon it seemed like it’d be an awfully fun save to squeeze in another summery ride and so we dodged ornery yellowjackets, swerved around grouchy guys with fishing poles and raced rumbling locomotives that crawled in the train yard next to us. There was a breathtaking popcorn sky over the grain silos on the way to the sculpture park but the boys wanted to keep going so I settled for left-overs on the return to Smith Cove.

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4 thoughts on “the elliott bay trail

  1. These photos are fantastic. I’m not thrilled with WordPress’s FOLLOW / Reader function. I’ve been trying to add to the number of sites I follow. That is, after all, one of the reasons for joining WordPress – the community of bloggers. But I added a couple of news sites to my follow list, and they seem to crowd everything else out.

    • Thanks for taking a look. And yes, I sort of agree with you about the general functionality of the WordPress reader. Part of me would like to believe there’s a little workaround, how could there not be with all the amazing plug-ins that are out there, right? But another part of me says maybe WordPress is simply prone like everywhere else on the web to information overload. On the other hand (there’s always another hand) I’m a complete luddite. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if someone came along and laughed at me and pointed out an obvious solution.

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