Scenes from the Burke Gilman Trail, Seattle, part 1 (and High Park Fire note)

High Park Fire: Our friends were able to go back up to their land today. There is nothing left of the structures (barn, house, and cabin that predated their construction, which only happened a few years ago) except piles of burned remains. Next comes the clearing phase, before the rebuilding can commence.

Right now, our friends are looking for a place to live while they start their lives from the seeds that exist.

How to help people affected by the wildfires in Colorado.

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As a contrast to the charred landscapes back home, I offer some images taken today along the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. My sister loaned me her bike, which I used to take my computer to the Apple store for some R&R (fixed; no charge).

On the way to the store, I simply rode, since I wasn't sure how long it would take. On the way back, I stopped frequently to snap a few of the things that caught my attention. This will be in two parts, because I took a lot of pictures.

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For friends back home the shiny stuff flowing at the lower part of this photo is water. Amazing. It was just there. Like all the green stuff was just there.

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A little farther along the trail, there was a building on the University of Washington campus with something like curtains of water falling in openings—a number of them, with just one shown above. For all I know, it's a new form of wastewater treatment. Whatever: the sound was lovely.

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This was just one of several similar scenes, all with different configurations of racks and quantities of bikes.

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I couldn't get enough of the green, or of the many colors, sizes, and textures of blossoms.

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Stadium.

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Along with a line of tall, more normal-looking trees:

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Not my best photo: UW Farm. I don't think there was a farm when I was a student at UW. Many things have changed in forty years. The landforms feel the same, but not much else does.

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This cool sculptural piece is on the south side of one of the buildings in the university area.

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There are multiple intersections of transportation modes along the route. 

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The part of the trail I used passed under four bridges: Fremont, highway 99, I-5 (below), and University.

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The trail is taken seriously as a travel route.

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This next phenomenon, which I turned around to photograph from the far side, was odd enough that I had to look up information about it online.

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It's called the Wall of Death. It's public art, and it does refer to something real: it apparently concerns barnstorming motorcyclists of the 1920s and 1930s.

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I noticed the smooth surface across from the sculpture had been interrupted with precast concrete parking stops, which I guessed, correctly, had been installed to prevent folks from skateboarding there. I was right, although the process has been through more than one iteration.

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 Some people have bookshelves. Others have boatshelves.

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Temporarily ending with a bunch more flowers.

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Part 2 of this tour is here.

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2 Responses

  1. You brought back some lovely memories of bike rides along the BG trail. Thanks so much!

  2. You're most welcome, Susan! I have walked a very small portion of the trail before. This was my first time there on a bike. (I did bike some north Seattle trails a couple of years ago when I drove here and brought my bike along.) As I come up here to help with Mom's care, I suspect I'll find excuses to try the trail more in the future. It makes the place feel more like home.

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