Thursday, April 25, 2013

Along Puget Sound

001(Chuck)  If you have seen the pig before, you will know this is Pike Place Market. Rachel is the unofficial mascot of the market and has been located under the “Public Market Center” sign since 1986. She oversees the visit of some 10 million visitors each year. Pike Place Market opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers market in the United States. It is always a delight to stroll the market and enjoy the fish, flowers, fruits and vegetables that are on display. It was a beautiful day to be on the waterfront.004

014Another interesting place to visit as you stroll the docks is the “Ye Old Curiosity Shop”. Lately it has been located on Pier 54 next to Ivar’s Restaurant. If you are looking to view a perfectly preserved mummy, Siamese twin claves or one of the largest collection of shrunken heads you have found the right place. Also on the shelves are many things that you would expect to find carried to the waterfront from far away places. Sailors and seamen visited exotic lands and returned to trade their mementos and add to this collection. Admission is free and “Ye Old Curiosity Shop” is open seven days a week.

(Jan) We had a delightful day sightseeing, sharing pastry, chocolate and fruit as we celebrated Chuck’s birthday at this historic marketplace. It was a fun day!

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IMG_20130425_162719_895(Jan)  Tucked away on the west side of Burien is a fabulous spot right on the Puget Sound called Seahurst Park.  We drove over on a glorious, sunny afternoon to walk along the beach at water’s edge. Children were playing, people were strolling, dogs were splashing in the surf. It was very pleasant to sit on on of the beached logs and drink in the beauty.  As we sat, we were treated to a special event; a pod of fifteen or so Orca whales passed by in the distance, the sun glinting off of their sleek skins as they swam & dived. As well as a beautiful beach, the park offers miles of hiking trails through the wooded hills. On our walk back along one of these trails we found these pretty salmon berry blossoms.

This week the weather has been lovely in the Seattle area; sunny and clear with afternoon temps in the 70’s. One of the lovely sights we see on our walks and as we drive is beautiful Mt. Rainier which is just 40 some miles to the southeast.

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1 comment:

BJ said...

What a great post. I was born in seattle, raised in Eatonville, near the foot of Mt. Rainier. The last time we were up to Alki Point area, we ate at a great fish nd chips place called Spuds. Thank you for the great pictures.
Pike place Market was a part of my life growing up. Mom bought groceries there and her fresh fish. those were back in the days when the fish flew, and not for tourism.

 
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