Killers chasing chum off of Beach Drive

Several onlookers lined the sidewalk along Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook watching a nearby Orca pod. The whales have been spotted all over the area for the last couple of days according to West Seattle Blog reports. The Orca are most likely chasing the large fall chum salmon run which contains nearly 90% of the entire annual chum numbers that migrate down to central & south Puget Sound.


It was also reported that The Whale Trail organization has spotted other aquatic species in the area as well.



Well, maybe not ALL of them…


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog


Here’s one way to beat the heat!

These folks just flew past my deck.

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Looks like fun!

I’ll bet THEIR mellow was harshed!

As many of us were standing at the base of Mee-Kwa-Mooks park last night wondering why a dozen or so fire & rescue units (and more converging within a dog’s howl) were blocking Beach Drive SW, a group of kids were sitting around an illegal fire set 150 yards up the hill in the tinder dry forest.

IMG_4209This freshly created pit wasn’t here during the day yesterday

Can you imagine the scene?? Just sitting around the fire cracking a beer talking about a new carbon fiber hood or up-coming protests when… “are those sirens coming this way?”. Then justified paranoia sets in as the first responder slams on their brakes at the bottom of the hill with another dozen screaming on the way! I can picture the precious PBR’s being sacrificed to the fire in effort to calm the smoke not to mention the already drank ones puddling at their feet.


Last night’s onlookers watching responders searching the waters for false alarm parachuter

I’m pretty certain the kids were mingling with the crowd of on-lookers by this point and relieved that they weren’t “the incident”. There’s only a few really good stories friends get to share together. I’ll bet this is one counts.

All kidding aside though, the fire up in the park appears to have burnt all the way out. One spark the wrong way and we would’ve had a real situation. There was a pretty decent northerly blowing and several houses (friends) bordering the park in harms way.


The old illegal pit circled by the old Schmitz mansion’s concrete retaining wall blocks appears to have been put out of service by purposely fallen trees (what could possibly go wrong with that method?). The dead bush in the foreground is drier than an old Christmas tree in June.


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Unusual carcass washes up on Beach Drive shore

A local neighbor reported this washed up shark carcass to Washington Fish & Wildlife late this morning while walking his dog along Emma Schmitz Viewpoint…


Beach Drive resident Mark Snyder spotted the nearly 6 foot hulk after peering over the edge of the seawall to see what all the bird racket was about.

A spokesperson from WSFW believed that it may be related to a species of Thresher shark they’ve been seeing due to the warmer than usual waters off the coast. She also mentioned that ocean going ships will often snag an animal from distant waters and deposit them on inland shores as they reduce speed. A Wildlife boat has been dispatched for tomorrow morning to drag the shark back to the Armeni ramp for proper disposal.

Mark is often seen sail boarding on the windiest of days around here and told us that “this will definitely make me better at my sport, I’d hate to fall out there and meet one of these guys!”


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

UFO buzzes onlookers at Mee-Kwa-Mooks

It’s a plane, it’s a bug, no, it’s a powered paraglider cruising at low altitude off the shores of Beach Drive SW late this afternoon…

IMG_3952The flight path appeared to be north around Alki Point at around 3:50 PM then back south towards Lincoln Park and beyond!


Pretty darn cool if you ask me!


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Missing Kitty: Have you seen Fiona?

UPDATE: Fiona has been happily reunited with her human.  

Fiona is a black and white kitten who has been missing from the Beach Drive area since February 20th. You may have seen some of her flyers posted along Beach Drive.

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Next Winner in the Beach Drive Blog Photo Contest

These two lovey sunset photos were submitted by Larry. It was really challenging for our judges to pick between them… we decided to make the photo with the Harbor West Condos extending over Puget Sound.  This photo is currently featured as our Facebook header.

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If you are a Beach Drive neighbor and would like to enter our quasi photo contest, click here for more information.

First “Winner” in the BDB Photo Contest

This is our first entry to our photo contest which we announced earlier this month.  The modest photographer, Alexa, says, “Lol, not the best since from my phone but I love it.”


We love it too, Alexa and it’s the new “header” on our Facebook page until we announce the next photo contest winner.

Would you like to have your photo proudly represent Beach Drive on our Facebook page (

It’s easy! Here are the basic rules:

  1. You must be a Beach Drive neighbor (meaning you live on or very near Beach Drive)
  2. Photos can submitted via email to
  3. Contest winners are selected by the BDB committee
  4. Winning photo will be displayed on Beach Drive Blog’s Facebook page (be sure to “Like”us!)
  5. Winning photo will have a blog post (like this one) featured on Beach Drive Blog
  6. Winning photo will be displayed for at least a week (give or take).

It’s all about having fun with neighbors in the beautiful part of the world we call home.

Congrats, Alexa and thank you for your entry!

Photo Contest!

We thought it would be fun to have a little contest with Beach Drive Blog.

Beach Drive neighbors can submit their favorite photos that illustrate Beach Drive.

The “winner” will have their photo proudly displayed as our Facebook header photo.  We’ll announce each “winner” with a blog post providing them full credit for their beautiful photo.

Depending on how many great photos we receive, we’ll continue to rotate photos we feel best reflect our neighborhood of Beach Drive.

We (the high and powerful peeps behind the curtain at Beach Drive Blog headquarters) reserve the right to not publish any photo for any reason. Photos submitted may not be commercial and must be of your own creation and authority to share.

You can submit your photos to us either by Facebook or sending us an email.

So what are you waiting for?? :) Get snapping!


Video of last nights fireworks off Beach Drive

Lots of oohs, ahs and wows took place last night watching the beautiful fireworks display that took place off the shores of Beach Drive by Me Kwa Mooks Park.