Thursday, July 17, 2014

Walking in Seattle

A front pushed in overnight, bringing clouds, much cooler air and some wind.  We decided to do our annual walk through Seattle to see what we would see.  Traffic-geddon starts Friday evening so today was a good day for it.

This is a Starbucks at Pike Place Market.

This is the line to get into that Starbucks.  This is Seattle.  There is coffee everywhere.  Why would you stand in line for an over roasted, over priced coffee?  People are so interesting.

Also down by Pike Place Market is Taxi Dogs.  They are really good.  We were weak, we didn't even split a dog, we both ate the whole thing and loved it.   Tonight we're back on the healthy eating.

There is something for everyone in Seattle.

We walked up to the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park.  I think this fountain is new, or at least I haven't seen it before.

The statue of Echo arrived last year.  Echo is from Greek mythology.  Wikipedia tells us:  Sometimes the old and beautiful nymph Echo would distract and amuse Zeus' wife, Hera, with long and entertaining stories while Zeus took advantage of the moment to ravish the other mountain nymphs. When Hera discovered the trickery, she was so annoyed she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except in foolish repetition of another's shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was repeat the voice of another.

I like this Calder, it looks predatory.

The name of this installation is Adjacent, Against, Upon.  Look behind it at the pedestrian bridge.  This is new.  It's really cool, it gets people over the railroad tracks.

Here we have more 737 fuselages bound for the Renton plant as seen from the bridge.

A bulk transport ship is tied up receiving grain.  The tall white building is a grain elevator. There has been talk among the arts community about projecting images onto the building to make it more attractive.  What has not been mentioned is who would pay.  I personally like seeing a working waterfront, but some people who are moving into the city don't like to see evidence of Seattle's shipping industry.

This is happening everywhere downtown.  Jim and I kept asking each other "was that here before?"  Generally the answer was no.

Do you ever wonder what window washers think about all day?

It was a good walk. I like to think we walked off that hotdog.


  1. Great photos! Pretty sure I'm headed up to Seattle and the Sculpture Park this weekend; so circuitous that I came across this blog!

  2. I wonder how often window washers get bathroom breaks! I guess that's a job where you don't hydrate much!

  3. I am so sorry we missed the sculpture garden...we just ran out of time on our one day, since we rode our bikes there and back. I hope we can get back one day and see more of the city on foot. Being on bikes was fun but made it a bit harder to do some things. Agree 100% on the Starbucks strange to me.