On our last morning in Seattle we opted to head over to the local Rotten Ronnie’s instead of doing the full sit-down breakfast thing. We were already looking forward to our own bed and seeing our kids both non-furry and otherwise.
Before we got outta dodge I had one last place on my list of must-sees and that was Gas Works Park over on the north end of Lake Union. It is one of those places probably best photographed either early or late in the day or I would think..one one of those really moody stormy days. Before high-noon on a bright sunny day just doesn’t cut it. BUT you make do with what you got.
When we got there a band was rehearsing and it turns out there was going to be a Women for Peace concert that day.
It was probably a good thing we got there early as the parking lot was already starting to fill (by the time we left people were circling for spots and it was still early in the day.)
Gas Works Park is literally what it sounds like, a park made from the site of a former gas works.. in fact part of the charm is the inclusion of parts of the former gas works. Some of it stands as it was, other parts have been placed about artistically. This place really appealed to me, I’m just sad so much of it has to be behind a fence. I would presume it is for safety reasons but judging by the tagging on the towers it doesn’t keep the vandals off of them.
One of the features of the park is an enormous man-made kite flying hill. At the summit of the hill is a sun-dial made where to tell the time of day a person would stand in the centre.
You get a pretty nice view of the rest of the park and across lake Union to downtown Seattle from this point too.
Here’s Tom at the top of the hill.. I had just walked down it after barreling my way up the steep side. Had I looked I would have seen there was a meandering and much easier path to the summit… haha, oh well! It was good exercise.
By the entrance is a picnic beside colourfully painted bits of pipe and boiler… probably the area that attracts the kids the most and one of the areas I cracked out the Lensbaby (in the second shot below). Obviously need to practice using it but I love the selective focal points of this baby.
It was a pretty hot day and the crowds were starting to arrive so he decided to leave before it got too crazy. One the way out I snapped some pictures of the arches near the park entrance with the Lensbaby attached. Kinda funky huh?
We made our way back across the bridge and through the downtown area before waving our last goodbye to Seattle. The drive home was actually pretty good, the traffic wasn’t TOO insane. We hadn’t hit our shopping max thus far so we stopped in the Kohl’s in Burlington and actually hit the mother-lode with some great gear on sale. Both of us were able to find several items of clothing and now Kohls is our new favourite store. We had both struck out in all the other places we had gone.
After we got home I was HAPPY to discover that my new favourite snack “Popchips” were available up in Canada, but only at Shoppers Drug Marts and as it turns out REALLY sell out fast. I am hoping that other stores start to carry them up here. The plain chip flavour and BBQ have turned out to be my faves.
It is always nice to go away but one of the nicest parts of a trip is going home. I’m thinking another trip may be in store for us in the coming months if we can work it out.