The editors and staff of The View offer their sincere apologies to the people of Seattle for their continuing negative comments on the weather here. After all, Saturday was decent, Sunday was fine, and Monday was glorious! (Tuesday, one would like to point out in a very small voice, did dawn gray and foggy.) And compared with a tremendous snow storm battering the East coast, any weather Seattle can dish out is welcome. How The Staff and Editors of The View spent the three fine days:
Saturday: a day off from all research, work, and other serious matters. My sister and I spent a great day exploring the Museum of History and Industry, the South Union area, and Volunteer Park. I don't usually post personal photos, but here is a tiny low-res photo of sis. See, I have do have siblings. There are even two others, who may well be introduced in a later post.
The museum has a new home since I knew it decades ago, and does a great job on the history of Seattle. Who knew that not only Starbucks, but also Amazon, Tully's, Costco, and Microsoft all originated here? (Well, I did, but I am a former Seattlite.) Not to mention Ranier Beer.
There is also the center for wooden boats, where one can watch people maintain, build, and sail historic types of wooden craft.
The cemetery next to Volunteer Park is a fine place to see the longtime connection between Seattle and Asia. There are large sections of Chinese graves, a smaller one of Japanese graves, as well as the usual mix of Caucasian graves.
Readers will be relieved to know that there is still room for more. Here is a gravesite for sale, headstone included.
Sunday: this was a working day, for the most part. I walked up to St Mark's Episcopal Cathedral for the 8:00 am volunteer choir rehearsal, the 9:00 service, the 11:00 service, and a 2:00 pm organ recital by Mark Brombaugh. The choir at the early service is a non-auditioned, volunteer group. The 11:00 service was sung by the cathedral choir. Associate music director Brian Fairbanks tells there are now seven choirs taking part in the musical life of the cathedral. Good news, indeed! St Mark's is the place where I experienced “the moment” that pointed me to a career in church music (back in 1975 or there about) so it was really nice to come back and be a part of the Sunday events. Old friends were there, and Soichiro Mitani, whom I mentioned in an earlier post, is now singing in the choir until he completes his one-year study at the Univeristy of Washington. Photos:
1. The grand Flentrop organ (I gave my senior organ recital here)
2. Soichiro Mitani and I pose – (I feel like a proud papa to have this former member of my choir singing at St Mark's!)
The evening was spent at a friend's house, and turned out to be a reunion with friends from many periods of life. DP and family, thank you so much for a great time!
Monday: this is when I began to feel remorse for my comments on the Seattle weather. It was stunningly clear and warm. High temperatures were in the low 60's F, or nearly 20 C! I did want to spend time in the library, but wasting such a day was out of the question. I left my hotel without a coat and walked around Lake Union, enjoying some photography on the way. If you have a day, this is an excellent route for strolling (I say strolling, but it was an 18km/11 mile route). There are views of the lake, bridges, funky neighborhoods, mountains, and the University of Washington along the way. Views along the way:
1. Lake Union, with St Mark's Cathedral perched on the top of Capitol Hill
2. The Fremont Bridge (partially repainted) and the giant Aurora Bridge in the background
3. The Fremont District, itself, including the best coffee in the universe (it really was the best coffee I have ever tasted), a statue of Lenin, and the diving lady.
4. After the Femont area, the route goes along the north end of the lake, and includes a stop at Gasworks Park and a view of houseboats.
5. After three hours of strolling I reached the University, and another evening of library study. Some photos of the campus in the late afternoon light:
6. At night I walked the rest of the route back to the hotel (along Eastlake and Fairview streets), stopping at a local restaurant I'd recommend highly to anyone wanting some home cooking. Louisa's Diner on (where else?) Lousia Street. Wonderful pork steaks with fresh, local vegetables.
7. Finally, a south Lake Union night view, and and an end to a very, very fine Seattle day.