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Our group's walk started at Golden Gardens Park and followed a paved walkway alongside Shilshole Bay of Puget Sound. (See map below.)
Because some members of our group like to stroll while others like to charge ahead, we all stopped to meet up at Leif Erickson's statue for a head count. The Ballard area of Seattle was settled by Scandinavians, and the names of early immigrants are listed on stone pillars surrounding Leif's larger-than-life statue.
The area is surrounded by the beautifully-landscaped Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Gardens, which we explored. They deserve a separate blog post.
This photo shows the difference in water levels within the locks as compared to the ships in the background.
Despite the threatening clouds and blustery wind, we didn't get rained on and even had a few sunbreaks during our walk.
This video is shown at the visitor's center and gives a history of the building of the locks.
Here's a map showing where we walked (from Golden Gardens Park to Chittenden Locks).
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