Saturday, April 18, 2015

#30DaysofScootering - Day 18 - Morning Scoot, Evening Scoot

Another beautiful spring day dawned in Issaquah, so I rolled out the door for a bit of scootering.

Issaquah has a fine network of wide sidewalks that serve as multi-use trails.

It's still a bit cool this morning, so I take a break at the Issaquah Coffee Company to enjoy a hot beverage and thirty pages of a really terrific novel.

After the coffee stop, I scoot over to one of my favorite spots along the shores of the Issaquah Creek.

I linger by the creek for a while but eventually I have to head off for work.

The weather is still lovely when I get off work, so I take the long way home, stopping here and there where I find things of interest.

This squirrel found something to munch on.

The squirrel finds his snacks on the ground. I head over to Trader Joe's to pick up my snacks.

I meander a bit on the way home from Trader Joe's.

7.20 miles of scootering for the day, bringing the month's total to 99.30 miles.

Friday, April 17, 2015

#30DaysofScootering - Day 17 - Salmon at Sunset

No big scooter miles today, but I did roll home past the salmon hatchery this evening after work. In autumn the creek runs thick with salmon but in the spring things are pretty quiet here.

This photo doesn't do credit to the quality of the light from the setting sun.

2.02 miles of scootering today, bringing the month's total to 92.02 miles.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

#30DaysofScootering - Day 16 - Lake Sammamish State Park

This first picture isn't from today's scooter trip, but I'm including it here because I think it's cool. Every Thursday morning Christine and I walk the two miles from our home to the Issaquah Cafe, have a wonderful breakfast, and then walk home. This morning, on the walk home, Christine noticed that this little snail was taking refuge from the morning sun in the hollow of an old apple tree.

It's a beautiful, sunny day in Issaquah and I got out for a bit of scootering later in the afternoon. Along side the Pickering Trail there's an odd little platform with this bit of appropriate graffiti.

The platform looks over some low scrub. It is kind of puzzling. But I know the rest of the story.

When the trail was originally built, this viewing platform was right next to the creek. But the next year the creek flooded and cut a new channel. So the viewing platform no longer has a great view.

I scoot over to Lake Sammamish State Park.

A paraglider is practicing by the lake. Issaquah is popular with paragliders. There's a good launch site on PooPoo Point on Tiger Mountain and a landing field along the Issaquah-Hobart Road.

An eagle, high up in a tree, ignores a crow soaring below him.

This is as close a zoom shot as I can get of the eagle.

There's a nice trail that follows the west bank of the Issaquah Creek as it flows into the lake.

This boardwalk is a recent, welcome addition to the trail.

Swifty is soaking up the sun.

Of course I have to add to my collection of Swifty on bridge pictures.

I follow the Lake Sammamish Trail back toward home.

This little critter was almost quicker than my camera.

It's another beautiful day in Issaquah.

This is the view looking south on Rainier Boulevard. That's Mount Rainier in the distance. It's about 50 miles away as the raven flies.

8.30 miles of scootering today, bringing the month's total to 90.08 miles.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#30DaysofScootering - Day 15 - Scooter Summit, a Tiny Cargo Trike and More

On Wednesdays I work in Seattle. I take the Sound Transit 554 bus from Issaquah to downtown.

The side facing seat in the back is my favorite. Swifty tucks in right beside me, out of the way.

Swifty folds into a pretty slim configuration.

Folding and unfolding takes about a minute.

Today I'm meeting my friend Mark Canizaro for breakfast on Capitol Hill. Pine Avenue is one of the gentler routes up the hill.


Back when I worked in software in the '90s, one of my gigs had me working on the 12th floor of the left "Spam Can" tower.

At Summit, I turn left and roll over to Olive.

Glo's is a pretty good Seattle breakfast place. It's not up there with the Issquah Cafe (which is my gold standard of breakfast joints), but it feels like the kind of place Jerry Seinfeld would hang out in.

My friend Mark and has to stay off his bike for a while. He's also supposed to limit his walking. A few weeks ago I loaned him my KickPed to help him extend his range.

We've got the KickPed stashed under the table. It folds even smaller and faster than Swifty.

Mark has experienced the truth of what I've been saying, with a scooter you go about twice as fast as you do walking with the same effort. And the coasting down hills thing is super fun.

Mark still has to take things easy, but his physical therapist has now cleared him for easing back into biking.

After breakfast I roll back down the hill to Lake Union. As you can see, Seattle is looking pretty darn nice this morning.

I wind up waiting a bit at the Fremont Bridge.

Going up...

and up...

and up.

All those very bright colors are new and in fact are still in process. It's nice to see that SDOT is keeping at least one poet employed.


Once the boat passes, the bridge comes down.

 It's a really fabulous spring day.

There are fresh poems in the Free Poem box.

It's another groovy day at G and O Family Cyclery. Davey is actually not a giant, this cargo trike is very small.

It's a kid's cargo trike and it's adorable.

 After a busy day working on nifty bicycles, I scooter over to Feathered Friends where Patagonia's roving repair truck is. Alas, I got there just as they were closing up and moving on. They checked out the blown zippers on my Patagonia vest's pockets and said "Yeah, we can't fix that here, but our refurb center in Reno can fix it and you'll get many more miles out of that vest." It's nice to see a company that works to keep their products in use instead of just trying to get you to buy their latest and greatest stuff.

Instead of taking the 554 home, today I took the 214. The 214, stops off at the Issaquah Transit Center, a couple of miles from my home whereas the 554 basically stops at my doorstep, but it's a nice evening and I'm happy to get to scoot a few more miles.

From the bus window on clear days like this you get a nice view of Mount Rainier off to the south.

Back in Issaquah I stop at Trader Joe's for a few little treats and then scoot home.

Later in the year, many of the trees along Gilman Boulevard bear tasty fruit.

I add a couple of pictures to my huge collection of "Kent's scooter crossing the Issaquah Creek" collection.

16.17 miles of scootering today, bringing the month's total to 81.78 miles.