It was cold and windy but the rain held off so we thought it was a good day for biking. Evidently so did a lot of other folks; I haven't seen the streets and paths around Seattle so busy with bike traffic since the fall.
Last Sunday, my daughter, Brittney, her husband, Marty, and I took a ride around some of Seattle's most iconic neighborhoods. We started with tony, uber-hip Capitol Hill, dropped down through South Lake Union, where all the new buildings are going up, through the aging Westlake waterfront, and finally to the Ballard Locks where Puget Sound meets Lake Union. From there we ascended to the top of Magnolia Bluff, rested for a few moments while we admired the bird's-eye view of Puget Sound and its myriad maritime activity, then, swooped back down the hill to Ballard.
Lunch at the LockSpot was a pleasant surprise. I've passed this place a thousand times but never paid it much mind. I always thought it looked kind of 'divey' from the outside and the inside didn't change my impression much, but the beer was cold, the service good, and the food not bad, besides it's on the waterfront, what do you expect?
After lunch, we took a leisurely ride through Ballard proper and dismounted to walk through a street fair in the old section of town. It was a short jaunt from there through the Gasworks Park, back onto the Burke and onto Westlake.
We stopped in at our friend's place for a quick beer before tackling the last steep climb back up to Britt and Marty's Capitol Hill apartment.
The area around the canal is reserved for industry.
Sometimes cloudy days make for interesting photographs.