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The Ballard Bridge

I've lived in Seattle and its suburbs for more than 10 years, yet I've never taken the Ballard Bridge until today. I zipped over it in a bit of a daze, wanting to cross the bridge at about 10 mph, because what no one ever told me about it is that it goes almost directly over the fishing fleet — dozens and hundreds of working boats. I knew that they existed — all that sushi has to come from somewhere. But seeing them all is something else again. The maritime character of the city, for me, was always defined by the ferries, the marinas, and the cranes on Harbor Island.

I want to go back on a sunny day with a camera, a tripod, and a big orange sign saying "Lane Closed -- Merge Left".

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matt_ruff
Apr. 8th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
You could also try walking across it. Or kayaking under it.
the_monkey_king
Apr. 9th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
I like kayaking, but to date I just haven't tried it in urban waters. Worth a shot.
matt_ruff
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
The closest rental area to the Locks is the Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union: http://www.nwoc.com/

It's a nice paddle -- you get a water-level view of the houseboats on the lake.

There's supposedly another kayak rental at Enetai Beach, closer to where you are now, if you want to explore the Mercer Slough.
burger_eater
Apr. 9th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
I live within walking distance, as you know, and the fisherman's terminal is a mildly interesting place. You can buy fish right off the boat, although we've always gone to the fish shop next to Chinooks.

My son likes to walk along the piers and throw crumbs to the ducks. It's nice there, if not actually a tourist attraction.
ironymaiden
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
and today you missed seeing the mountains!
i've hooked kijjohnson on walking a loop between the Ballard bridge and the locks; it's of a nice length, flat for Seattle, extremely scenic, and has food and coffee opportunities on both sides of the canal.

i also like to take visitors to Chinook's at Fisherman's Terminal, which has a wall of windows that look out onto the fishing fleet. i think it feels more real than the waterfront downtown, at about half the price.
the_monkey_king
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: and today you missed seeing the mountains!
Well, I may join you sometime, since the weather is turning and it seems I'll be hopping over to Ballard every so often.

Verite is way too loud a coffee spot for me: where should I have gone instead?
ironymaiden
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: and today you missed seeing the mountains!
Floating Leaves Tea a little further down Market (no wifi and no coffee but great tea and atmosphere) or Mr Spot's on Leary right by Bergen Place. Mr Spot's does have live music some evenings, but otherwise it's peaceful.
kijjohnson
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
I live overlooking the bridge, and it's one of the delights in my life these days.
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