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Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood

0947MadisonparksignAs RBB veteran Vicki states:

Another time of the sun shining on us and our having a marvelous journey!

Madison Park is a lovely place, right on the shore of Lake Washington, and blessed with stately homes and cute boutiques.

The Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle is tucked away…from downtown, up and over bustling Capitol Hill, past the Washington Park Arboretum… and there you are!  The bus trip from downtown is interesting, you pass through mini-shopping and residential areas, Seattle Community College, and the exclusive Broadmoor gated community.  A huge variety of landscape and people.

Our one lone male on this trip, the adventurous Richard, got off the bus at Lake Washington Boulevard, so he could explore the beautiful Arboretum and the Japanese Tea Garden.  (Watch for his pictures in a future post). The rest of us stayed on the bus until we arrived at the Madison Park.

By this time, we were all ready for lunch.  Two of the Rebels decided to try the Cactus restaurant; one of their many locations is right there in Madison Park!  The rest of us ate at the ever popular “Bings”.  The restaurant is fairly small, but we readily found places to sit.  The menu prides itself on local, fresh ingredients.  We all enjoyed our meals…Carol’s roasted Brussels sprouts were especially delicious!

Next, we browsed through some of the small shops along the block.  As the sun and blue sky was making an appearance, we wandered across the block to the Madison Park itself.  The park boasts of over 200 feet of Lake Washington waterfront.  To our delight, a family of geese were waddling along, and taking a dip in the Lake.  The gooslings were very young, lots of fuzzy non-quite-yet feathers.0954goslingsfamily

To make the best connections for our return home, we had about 45 minutes in downtown Seattle.  Most of us decided to stroll through the every-popular-people-watching Pike Place Market.  Yes, the fish were being tossed.  The flowers were spectacular… the peonies were at their peak of perfection.  We tried a wonderfully sweet Taylor Gold pear.  Yum.  Melted in your mouth!

Heading back towards our bus stop, some of us dropped in to Penzey spices; a great place for wonderful smells, even if you aren’t looking to buy!

Our bus rides home were uneventful… we didn’t even have to pay attention to the traffic, since we left the driving to the professionals!

Don’t forget that the specific directions for this trip are found in the “trip directions” page (column on the right).

Thanks for another great day!


New adventures in Seattle

The weather, once again, cooperated for our latest adventure.  In early December Gail and I decided to explore new areas and destinations in Seattle.  From the Lakewood Station we arrived in Seattle (4th and Union) about 10:15 am.  We walked two blocks to Pike Street (between 3rd and 4th) to catch bus 10.  This bus comes along every 10 minutes, so we didn’t wait long.  The bus wove up and over Capital Hill, through the Broadway intersection, and to where we got off at 10th Avenue.  Our first destination:  the newly re-located Elliott Bay Book Company, located at 1521 10th Avenue.  www.elliottbaybook.com    Read the rest of this entry »


Seattles majesty: Queen Anne Hill

Queen Anne Hill is the second highest of Seattle’s six hills, at 456 feet. Gail and I were intrigued with the legendary “stairs of Queen Anne”, boasting more public stairways than any other Seattle neighborhood.  Another fun place to explore!

Gail and I waited for the promise of a blue-sky crisp fall day for this trip.   We did our usual; drove to the Lakewood Station off Bridgeport Way in Tacoma, and caught the Sound Transit 594 to Seattle.  Within an hour, we arrived at 4th and Union in downtown Seattle.

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A gardener’s paradise in Woodinville

As Master Gardeners, Gail and I decided a trip to Woodinville was in order.  Our destination:  Molbaks, an extraordinary garden store and nursery. Besides the usual good things about traveling by bus, (gas and parking costs, I-5 anxiety, etc)  we wouldn’t be tempted to buy too many plants and other garden goodies!   

We decided to drive to the Lakewood station (Exit 125/Bridgeport Way) in order to give us more time options for our return trip.  Taking the 10:33 am Sound Transit 594 took us to downtown Seattle (4th and Union) by 11:55.  Gail used her ORCA card for the first time.  The ORCA card is so convenient… no digging up the correct cash and/or coins, and the card reader tells you the cash balance remaining on your card.  The ORCA card is the ONLY payment method that recognizes “transfers” if you ride more than one bus.  www.ORCAcard.com Read the rest of this entry »


The Seattle Water Taxi has returned…spring must be here!

Even though the weather isn’t convincing, you know spring is here:  The Seattle water taxi is running!  This year, the Metro Transit water taxi began on April 5th.  The Rachel Marie, a 77’ catamaran, is new to this run.  She formerly was used for the Bremerton/Seattle foot ferry, and holds 150 passengers, as well as 18 bicycles.

For a mere $3.00 ORCA holders leave Pier 50 (at the foot of Yesler Street) in Seattle, landing at Seacrest Park in West Seattle.  (Pier 50 is just south of the State Ferry Terminal, which is Pier 52).  The 10 minute run takes you to the Seacrest Park Dock, a block north of the famous Salty’s restaurant.  The skyline of Seattle is breathtaking, as well as the view of  Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and (on a really clear day) Mt. Baker in the distant north.  Be sure to take your camera!

Once you arrive at Seacrest Park, hop on the free Metro shuttle van #775.  It will be waiting for you when you get off the ferry.  This van will take you up the steep hill to the lovely Admiral district of West Seattle.  The van winds back down Admiral Way, and intersects with Alki Avenue SW.  Get off the van here.  The Alki lighthouse is almost in view, to your left (west).  The wonderful Mexican-southwest restaurant, Cactus!, is on your right (2820 Alki).   Definitely worthy of a lunch stop! Try their Butternut Squash Enchilada:  Crispy white corn tortillas with Jack and goat cheese, sauted spinach, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, mole and guacamole.   Yum.  Makes me hungry thinking about it!

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Seattle History Museum and Aboretum Nature Walk

 The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Washington Park Arboretum

The Museum of History & Industry is the quintessential walk through Seattle’s history.  Fun and interesting for all ages.  The Seattle Historical Society was formed in 1911 (on the 60th anniversary of the Alki landing of the Denny Party), officially founded three years later, and eventually known as the Seattle-King County Historical Society. The Museum of History & Industry, opened on February 15, 1952, has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington.  MOHAI collects, preserves and presents the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Exhibits and programs change regularly, reflecting an appreciation for the Northwest’s diverse cultural, social and economic history.

Long-standing exhibits include a diorama of the landing of the Denny Party (Seattle Pioneers), the glue pot which started the great Seattle fire of 1888, and the Slo-mo-shun hydroplane from the 1950’s.   There are always new, temporary exhibits, such as in the summer and fall of 2009  the “Arts and Crafts movement of the Pacific Northwest” exhibit covered all aspects of this simplistic, yet lovely, art form, including architecture, furnishings, printing, crafts, and art. 

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Seattle: Theo’s Chocolate Factory Tour

 Who knew that the history and chocolate making process could be so interesting?!  Theo is NOT a person (in this case).  Theo is short for the Latin name of the Cacao tree, Theobroma Cacao, Food of the Gods.  

Kate, our tour guide, told us the story of chocolate, which began in ancient times in the Amazon, as well as the incredible process of turning those bitter seeds rich in anti-oxidants into this confection that heals broken hearts. The story is amazing. How anyone figured out how to make something good to eat out of those bitter cocoa beans is a miracle!

With our hairnets on, about 25 people went into the factory to learn about the multi-step, complex chemical process to turn the beans into bars. Looking much like a Rube Goldberg contraption of yellow, green and steel containers and piping, it makes it way through the different steps.

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