Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Alki. Brilliant blue skies against the bright white snow. A cold, cold wind blowing. Everyone is still in a daze trying to cope with the snow that has now been on the ground for too long. After shoveling out a makeshift pathway, I escaped the house and went for a walk. Here is some of what I saw.

Looking west from near Constellation Park on Beach Drive.

Looking west on Admiral from 59th SW

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Snow

My two feet - Winter Style

Snow Lady

Wow, did we get hit with snow again here in Alki. I shoveled the walk early this am, but it has all filled in. Need to go out again. After that, I slogged along the beach, went over to Tully's for coffee, and then hiked around the Point. I stopped for more (hot) coffee and a chat at a friend's house. Then I hiked allllllll the waaayyyyy up the Orleans Street Hill. That's some good exercise. All in all I think I was out for about three hours. Had a wonderful time.

Orleans Street Hill

Alki Beach Shoreline

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snow Days

Snow Tyranosaurus

Even though the snow can be a pain, it is always exciting. It seems as if everyone's routine life is thrown up into the air and we all run around like chickens with our heads cut off. Fun!

How many times did we nag our teenage son to be careful on the roads last night? He made the smart move and didn't even drive home. Don't know if he will even be able to get home today. It's OUR car!

I got out for a walk around 8 this am. I bagged the 5 miler and did just a quick walk down the beach and back. I carried my Sunday New York Times in my backpack, snapped a few photos and headed for Tully's for a grande latte. I sat around and read the paper there for about an hour. Heading back, I didn't want to cross Admiral Way again (too dangerous for pedestrians); so I detoured around Alki Point and along the south beach toward home. The icy conditions really made for slow walking. It was frustrating to have to focus on my footing instead of the beautiful scenery.

Got home and shoveled the sidewalk. So proud of myself that we were prepared with a snow shovel and sidewalk salt.

Maybe I will get out for another walk later this afternoon. Fortunately, I don't feel like I have cabin fever.

We've had a beautiful full moon this week. It's on its way out now.

Snow Person (and friends)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Waiting for the Storm

"They" have been predicting stormy cold weather for a week now. I'm not looking forward to it only because I hate to drive in icy conditions. There was a bit of sun this afternoon. I tried to catch it on a quick walk but clouds were already moving in. Probably not THE storm. But a sign of things to come.

I wrapped up our outdoor faucets today. Have you done that yet?

This was our view of the sunrise last Saturday morning about 7:30.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lookie-Loo's (sp?)

Everyone was looking at the full moon this morning. And the mountains. And the water. And the sunrise. It doesn't often get more breathtaking than this. Since I didn't have a great camera with me, I decided to take photos of the people taking photos. The good shots are up on the West Seattle Blog and the Beach Drive Blog.

Even the TV trucks were down here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Happy New Year - 2008

Better late than never. These photos were taken during my walk on New Year's Day.

Imagine how excited these kids were as they watched the Harley's pass by. I bet they couldn't wait until they were old enough to trade those tricycles in for motorcycles.

I love to swim laps, but this is ridiculous. I thought the New Year's Day Polar Bears just ran into the Sound and then ran out. So who were these guys swimming from Duwamish Head down to Alki Beach? And there wasn't a "safety" rowboat in sight in case someone got a cramp. Way too macho in my humble opinion.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Tree Full of Robins

One thing I really miss during the winter months is the sound of exuberantly singing birds. I always note the coming of Spring when I hear the happy chirping of birds welcoming the sunrise.

So imagine my surprise when I discovered that this perfectly normal looking winter tree was actually full of noisy robins. I think they were having some kind of party and they didn't like me hanging around. So I left.