The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle bills itself as the Center of the Universe and they have a marker to prove it.
This was our last full day in Seattle. We began the day with breakfast at Silence-Heart-Nest. This restaurant serves vegetarian food prepared and served by followers of the spiritual leader, Sri Chinmoy. It felt like being at home in San Francisco, another hotbed of Sri Chinmoy followers and restaurants. After our tasty breakfast, we were ready to begin our walking tour.
We started at the center of the center of universe. The center of the universe needs an appropriate emblem and what could be better than a 1950 cold war rocket fuselage?
The poor little building looks hardly able to support the 53′ rocket. The Rocket bears the Fremont crest and un-official motto, “De Libertas Quirkas” – “Freedom to be Peculiar.” The bottom of the rocket shows some fine detail with cosmic cut-outs and colored glass.
From there we walked down 36th Street
towards the Aurora Bridge, underneath the Aurora Bridge that is. This bridge crosses the ship canal that connects the Sound with Lake Union. Looking South towards Lake Union, you see some interesting architectural details:
Looking North, you see something much more interesting:
Of course, this can be no surprise, everyone knows that trolls live under bridges. Obviously this one, in a fit of hunger, snatched a Volkswagen off the bridge. Fortunately for future generations, he was not careful about watching for daylight, because he had no sooner claimed his prize, when he was turned to stone. In case you’re wondering, that is a real, full-sized car.
After our visit with the troll, we walked on the Aurora Bridge. From the bridge you get a bird’s eye view of Lake Union, and its ship and houseboats.
It was too high for Joel and he beat a hasty retreat. We followed right behind him.
We made our way back towards Fremont place, and noticed a large statue; what could this be?
Why Lenin, of course. It seems that a bronze sculpture of Vladimir Lenin, originally from Slovakia, has made it’s way to Fremont. Some people don’t approve, but if you like it, it’s yours for a mere $250,000.
From Lenin, we went south toward the ship canal. There is a path that follows the canal, and we spent some time watching the Fremont Bridge open to allow a series of boats through. This is one busy waterway, the Fremont Bridge raises 35 times a day and is supposedly one of the busiest drawbridges in the world. Here it is in action.
Time to move on, we drove to Kerry Park in the Queen Anne District. On a clear day Mount Rainer is visible behind the skyline, but not today.
We had lunch at Ivar’s on Pier 54. The fish and chips are suppose to be good, but honestly, it was not special. The fish chowder was good and my oldest son had the lunch special, Alaskan Halibut with mushrooms, and that was excellent. We enjoyed the view out the large windows.
All the running around for days was catching up with us, We went back to the hotel for a rest. After lolling a round for a couple of hours, we decided on a resturant in Ballard for dinner. So we went back to the Ballard Locks and this time, we spent more time in the gardens.
Besides the plants, there is a herd of Canada geese. Watch your step!
The Gardens provide plenty of opportunity to practice your flower photography.
We also visited the locks and the fish ladder again.
We had dinner at Plaka Estiatorio, a Greek restaurant run by a charming family. The food was very good and it was a very comfortable, inviting place.
We drove back to the hotel and where did we end up? Stuck in traffic; the busy Fremont Bridge was open, so we more more chance to take a picture as the ships passed.
It seemed a very fitting way to end the day.