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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".


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.
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?
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.

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