Friday, March 22, 2019

#Alki Beach, #Seattle - Saturday Snapshot and Jo's Monday Walk

Some of the sights on a rainy day at Seattle's Alki Beach. 
Trivia: Alki (ælkaɪ) is a Chinook word meaning "by and by," the unofficial state motto of Washington.
(Click on photos for a closer look.)

Luna Park
In 1907 a saltwater natatorium was built for the Luna Park Seaside pleasure resort. (Known as the "Coney Island of the West.") Housed in a large airy building the swimming pool remained in operation until it was burned down in 1931. In the 1950s its cement walls were filled. Deemed unsafe, in 2004 the seawalls that once enclosed the swimming pool were demolished. 

Here's Luna Park today. Bike-share bicycles are parked all over the Seattle area.




View of the Seattle skyline across Elliot Bay (from Luna Park)


Shoreline
Condos have replaced many (but not all) of the bungalows that once lined the shore.  



Statue of Liberty
According to Wikipedia: The Statue of Liberty or Lady Liberty (at Alki Beach) is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A gift from the Boy Scouts of America, it was installed at Seattle's Alki Beach Park in 1952 and has since been recast in bronze to repair damage from vandalism.
(Note: She's not the same lady as the original, but the idea is the same.)



Whales are still sighted in Puget Sound off Alki Beach's shores.


A lighthouse, built in 1913, still guides mariners safely through Puget Sound.


The paved walkway along the water is a great place to walk or bike. With a separate lane for bikers and a wide paved path for pedestrians and runners, it's a popular place to be, especially on weekends.

More pictures from Alki Beach can be found in earlier posts: 
HERE and HERE.
Luna Park's colorful history can be found at HistoryLink.org





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Saturday Snapshot - Melinda at A Web of Stories - Link HERE 
Jo's Monday Walk -  Johanna at Restless Jo - Link HERE
Our World Tuesday - Link HERE

19 comments:

restlessjo said...

Poor little dwarf bungalows alongside those giants! It's a grey old landscape in this post but I'm sure it makes a beautiful walk in summer. Thanks for the link, Sandra :) :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

What a beautiful place for walking. We hope to visit Seattle one day. We would like to go to Seattle and take the train into Canada.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Our days have been gloomy but the first day of spring was a total treat to get out and walk in sunshine. Then came yesterday the coldest windy day ever!

Grace Marshall said...

I enjoyed the pictures. Alki is a local beauty. Thanks for sharing your photos. You are stacking up quite a few albums and this reader certainly enjoys them.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Restlessjo: The walk is always beautiful, even on a drizzly day. Our group stops for lunch at a local restaurant, too. This time I ate Mexican food at Cactus Restaurant. Delicious seafood enchiladas.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Deb Nance: I have visited Victoria, BC, but traveled there via the Victoria Clipper. Taking the train would be fun.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Jackie: Our weather was unseasonably warm for a couple of days... until it turned cool again. I'm looking forward to more of spring's sunshine.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Grace: I'm glad you liked the pictures. Walking along Alki Beach was a treat.

judy said...

Informative and fun exploration of Alki through you. I'm still wrapping my mind around the idea of a swimming pool burning down (:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Grace: I'm glad you liked the pictures. Walking along Alki Beach was a treat.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Judy: I had the same thought! I'm guessing it was enclosed within a structure of some kind (maybe wooden?) and that's what burned down.

Colleen Reece said...

This brings back so many memories!My brother Randy's family and I went to Alki Beach a lot. A great place to walk. Can't remember the name, but there was a great seafood restaurant there where we ate. Reading and seeing this brought it all back. Thanks!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Colleen: I'm delighted that my post brought back happy memories for you. There are so many good restaurants clustered along Alki Beach. Duke's, Spud Fish & Chips, and more. Because I can never pass up a good Mexican restaurant, I ate at Cactus after this walk. A treat!

csuhpat1 said...

What a beautiful place. I remember going through the Sound a lot when I was in the Navy. I was station on the USS Truxtun in Bremerton a long time ago.

Dace Pedecis said...

Thanks for showing us Alki and Luna Park. To me they're a couple of the best places in Seattle. I like the bit of history your included. Those two little buildings between the condos look like children squeezed between to fat adults.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Cushpat1: I recently went through Bremerton on the way to Hansville, in the far north of the Kitsap Peninsula. Beautiful area. I'm glad you enjoyed my post.
Dace: I LOVE your comparison of the little homes to children squeezed between two adults. Perfect analogy! Even though the senior center group routinely hikes/walks in Alki, I never tire of going there.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous scenes! You live in a truly beautiful area. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Laurel-Rain.

Sue Jackson said...

What a beautiful waterfront park - it looks like a great place to walk (or ride a bike). I would love to live closer to the water :)

Sue

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