A quasi-annual walk around Lake Union

After pie for breakfast and Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch a walk around Lake Union seemed a good idea. We started by dropping off some books at our local Little Free Library then headed down the hill. A long block of new construction at Fairview and Hamlin was a surprise to see finished. With more across the way.

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Roses were blooming at the P-Patch. Is that typical for November?

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A Thanksgiving gnome garden could be found just north of the P-Patch.

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Gnome Garden

 

Every time we cross the bridge Tom wonders about the scaffolding on this building. “It seems to have been put in place deliberately for the graffiti artists.”

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What’s new this year are all the shared bicycles around. Tom and I talk about signing up for them — would make getting around the lake a lot easier. “Orange, lemon, and lime,” he notes.

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In a lot of places people have knocked them over, but not in Fremont I notice once we get there. In Fremont bicycles are all standing, looking dignified, getting respect.

 

Ride the Ducks are out despite the grey skies threatening rain. A rare blue duck leaving the public dock at Sunnyside and 36th.

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This is one of my favorite views of the Space Needle on the Burke Gilman Trail, hovering above the trees.

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Like an alien space craft, I can’t even get a decent photo of it.

 

At Fremont we make a small detour to a small local cafe. We arrive just in time to get the only table inside before the crowds descend, about five more people.

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Back on the trail, the bridge looks especially nice.

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A sacred spot, the old wooden railroad trestle now has a picket fence gate blocking both ends to discourage walking on it, which is a good idea, as I found out the hard way a few years back.

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The controversial Westlake bikeway is settling in and seems already like its always been there.

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The bikeway brings with it some new art — here a beacon directing bicyclists and pedestrians to the Fremont Bridge.

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More art along the bikeway.

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At the other end of the bikeway, near MOHAI, a shimmering gateway.

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We stopped at the MOHAI Cafe for another break.

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Rain and dusk were falling after that.

 

But a reminder at South Lake Union that Christmas is just around the corner.

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