Happening now in Puget Sound

The fireboat that is cruising back and forth in Puget Sound is from San Francisco.
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I believe this super pumper may be this brand new fireboat.

Vigor Fab is building this new fireboat to add to San Francisco’s fleet.
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Pokemon on Beach Drive!

You may have heard of Pokemon, or seen people wandering with their smart phones in hand… maybe you’ve seen a group of people gathering in the same location over and over again… this may all be about Pokemon Go which was released earlier this month.

Pokemon Go allows you to capture Pokemon that are hiding everywhere and use them for battle at “gyms”.

Full disclosure – I downloaded the ap yesterday and I’m having fun playing with this. I used to collect Pokemon cards with my son years ago – but never played the card game. Also, along the lines of full disclosure, I’m very new at this…and just thought it would be fun to share what the game looks like in our neighborhood.

This is the character I’m playing walking on Beach Drive in search of Pokemon and about to go to a poke stop, where I can get extra tools for playing the game.

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There are several poke stops along Emma Schmitz and Mee Kwa Mooks. Players don’t have to be in the exact spot in order to reap the benefits.

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And here is a Pokemon, Poliwag, that I was able to capture by Emma Schmitz View Point.
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Trying to find a “gym”, I wound up going down a trail that I typically don’t in Mee Kwa Mooks because it’s steeper than I prefer. I’ve heard stories from Beach Drive neighbors of seeing a person watching their cell phone (probably playing Pokemon Go) and walking into black berry bushes. There are stories all over the internet of things that have happened to folks playing the game.

I won’t tell you had I did with my first battle at the gym, which is located in Mee Kwa Mooks… but I will say this has been fun AND it has me out walking a lot these past couple of days! 🙂

Just passing by… the Goodyear Blimp!

What a great way to start off the holiday. We just happened to peak out our window to see the Goodyear Blimp floating off the shores of Beach Drive. According to the Goodyear Blimp website, it is scheduled to be in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

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Super Yacht Lady Lola cruising by

It looks like Lady Lola may have been leaving Bremerton when we spied her from the shores of Beach Drive. Here’s a pic heading towards Alki Point.
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This Super Yacht is 205 feet and available for charter for a mere $365,000… per week! Built in 2002, she was declared the most beautiful yacht of her time. Here’s more info.

If Lady Lola does something remarkable, making her worthy of membership to the Alki Yacht Club, she might be allowed to tie to our buoy!

Seattle Police Department Community Newsletter

The Seattle Police Department has released their community newsletter with important summertime safety tips. You can read the article by clicking here.

Bald Eagles off Beach Drive

The other day, a bald eagle apparently decided it did not want to share it’s small fish. (At least, I think it was a small fish).

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eagles fight for lunchI watched as these two flew back and forth, landing on rocks and post off Beach Drive by Emma Schmitz View Point.

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I have a couple more photos of the eagles posted at Beach Drive Bungalow.

 

 

Anglers at Mee Kwa Mooks

What’s with all the tents at Mee Kwa Mooks today? Well…it’s the second annual Emerald Waters Fly Fest!

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This event is free and features a cook-off. Last year, the event was held at Lincoln Park. Mee Kwa Mooks appears to be more conducive for this event with the lack of picnic tables. Click here for more info.

 

THE West Seattle Garage Sale is TOMORROW

garage saleHats off to West Seattle Blog for organizing the massive community garage sale taking place in West Seattle tomorrow.

We have decided, too last minute to be on West Seattle Blog’s list, to have a garage sale tomorrow.

Our sale includes some brand new items, that we had originally purchased for our vacation rental, Beach Drive Bungalow, like:

  • flatware for 8
  • new pans

We also have:

  • bathroom light fixture
  • used toaster oven
  • bar stools
  • clothes, shoes (some never worn)

I will also have a couple limited edition signed Giclee prints of Rooster of the Sea available.

PS: If you have a Beach Drive garage sale you would like to promote, let us know! We are happy to promote your garage sale on “West Seattle Garage Sale Day” and any day of the year!

Meet Beach Naturalist

Want to learn more about the marine plants and animals off the shores of Beach Drive? Meet trained volunteers with the Seattle Aquarium this summer for their “Meet Beach Naturalist” program. “South Alki” is off Beach Drive south the light house – just watch for the signs. Here are the dates.

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Pair of Common Loons

I was just telling my hubby that in the years we’ve lived here, we have seen a lonely Loon singing but not a pair.

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We were thrilled this afternoon to be able to watch two Common Loons.

 

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Here are some interesting tid-bits about local Loons.