Friday, May 12, 2017

Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop #Hike - #SaturdaySnapshots

Hikes don't always have to be in the woods! Although the senior center group often treks under trees, plods past mud puddles, and strides alongside streams, other times our adventures are more urban. Our April 28 seven-mile hike took us in a loop on sidewalks, paved paths, and bridges around Lake Union near Seattle. 
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We followed the route marked in red on the map, starting and ending at Gas Works Park. I like the idea that this abandoned facility has been turned into a popular park and its old equipment left as industrial art.

I've always been fascinated by Lake Union's houseboats - like the one featured in Sleepless in Seattle. We saw quite a few houseboat neighborhoods on this hike. Can you imagine boating right up to your doorstep? There's a limited number of these floating homes and they aren't cheap. A realtor's sign advertised a 1,100 s.f. houseboat for sale for $1 million.

We came across public art ...

...and beautiful blooming flowers. 

"Pocket parks" graced neighborhoods.

We watched seaplanes take off and land.

Our route took us over, under, and around bridges.

And we stopped to enjoy a delicious lunch.

Cool weather. Bright sunshine. Good friends. All in all, a perfect day.

For more info about the Lake Union Loop Hike, click HERE.

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Brona Joy said...

Loved seeing the house boats a la Sleepless in Seattle! And I always enjoy seeing public art when out walking.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I can't resist taking photos of public art wherever I see it. I'm glad you enjoy it too.

Mareli Thalwitzer said...

You are having a great Saturday! Lovely flowers and sunshine.... Cold here in South Africa today, so I am planning on just reading.

Poem fanatic said...

Those "pocket park" benches are so beautiful! We've recently started using art like that in India, but it's a trend that will take a long time to pick up.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

We were lucky to have a nice, sunny day for our walk around Lake Union. Just perfect!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I think it's great that local residents cleaned up these areas and turned them into something beautiful that everyone can use. The pocket parks we encountered were a nice surprise to me.

Priyanka Jadhav said...

Looks you had a great time! Lovely pictures! I haven't seen Sleepless in Seattle but I want to, I will for sure watching it soon now.

Klara S said...

Gas Works Park is a wonderful idea. These things are massive! It would be cool if someone would paint them! Thank you for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's definitely an unusual place to visit. There's a beautiful view of the downtown Seattle skyline from there, and it's a great place to walk around on a nice day.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was a fun day. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Ginx Craft said...

Wow. There was a lot of interest to see on that walk.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There sure was! The walk around Lake Union is one of my favorites, so far.

Sue Jackson said...

Wow, a 7-mile hike - that is wonderful! I am limited to less than 1.5 miles due to my illness but miss those longer walks. This one sounds great. I love all the artwork, the variety of landscape & urban environments...and especially the houseboats! That would be so cool to live in a houseboat :)

Thanks for sharing - I love enjoying your hikes vicariously with you!


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Sandra Nachlinger said...

I hope you're able to walk farther again soon. I'm not sure I'd be able to cover seven miles on rough terrain! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment.