Accident on 59th and Boyd: Avoid 59th and Admiral

A Beach Drive neighbor just notified us of an accident that happened about two hours ago. A truck with a trailer lost control heading south on 59th Ave SW taking out 5 cars along the way before stopping at the intersection of Boyd, Charleston and 59th. There is no signage at 59th and Admiral to alert drivers to detour.

Fortunately, no injuries to people or homes along the way. The police have been called.


Barking Dog Report: Coastal Flooding and Wind Advisory

Here come the wind and waves! As I write this, 7:00 am, we have the following warnings issued by NOAA:

Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm today.

Wind Advisory until 4:00 pm today.

Special Weather Statement until 2:00 pm: Rainfall and high winds today will lead to increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.

High tide is 12.10 feet at 9:05 this morning.

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-Marine Forecast
244 AM PST Tue Nov 9 2021


S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. A chance of rain in the morning then rain in the afternoon.

S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft after
midnight. Showers and a slight chance of tstms in the evening
then a slight chance of rain after midnight.

Current screenshot from Wind Alert

Even though high tide is two hours away, we already have some splash coming over the seawall. Even though the Marine Forecast (published at 2:44 am) says winds from the south, it’s coming from the southwest (as what Wind Alert is showing).

Stay safe!

The Big Clam Dig

We’ve had seats in the wings watching the reconstruction of the seawall at Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint. It’s been kind of fun watching the machinery roll down to the beach each morning and scurry back up when the tide rolls in.

I’m toying with the idea of getting my hubby his own Tonka trucks so he can play along as he watches the work take place. He has offered to use his clam gun to help the crew out!

We’ve been pretty lucky so far with the tides and the noise hasn’t been too bad (at least not for us) so far….and it’s been interesting to watch.


Mortgage Rates at Record Lows

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I thought I should take a quick moment to share with my neighbors that mortgage rates are at currently at record lows again.

You might considering refinancing if you have rates in the mid-4’s or higher, have private mortgage insurance, an adjustable rate mortgage, home equity line of credit that you would like to combine or if you would like to take cash out.

Plus, 2020 mortgage loan limits for FHA and conventional mortgage loans have increased to $741,750 for “high balance” loans. Loan amounts over $741,750 are considered “jumbo”.

I invite you check out my mortgage blog, The Mortgage Porter, and if you have any questions, or are interested in refinancing or buying a home in Washington state, I am happy to help you!

Buy Your Tickets Now for Shrek Jr.

Proudly presented by Alki Elementary School. You can buy your tickets clicking this link.

Storm Response Map for Seattle

A huge thank you to Stephanie, one of our readers, for sharing this link showing which roads are being serviced in the event of snow. I’ve added a link to this helpful site to “Swell Links” on the right side of this blog.

It appears we have a chance of snow in the forecast until this weekend.

And it looks like tonight will be another windy one. Stay warm, Neighbors!

Send us your Beach Drive Halloween Pics!

This neighbor’s scary yard captured our dog’s attention on our walk today.

Hitch losing a scary stare down with three black cats!

If you have a spooktacular yard, kiddo or pets (or you!) in costume or a favorite Halloween recipe that you would like to share with your Beach Drive neighbors, give us a howl!

Water Response off of Beach Drive and “This is Just a Drill”

You may be hearing helicopters and seeing large emergency responses happening on Puget Sound.

Ferry with emergency response including helicopters.

Drills are taking place along the Seattle waterfront today including an active shooter on a Washington State ferry. KOMO News has video of it here.

It just so happens there was an actual emergency response off of Beach Drive when someone called in for what appeared to be a paddle-board without a person. In fact, the board is tied up to a buoy and the owners are safe and sound… it didn’t take long at all to get a major response with the timing of the drill.

Argosy Christmas Ships passing by this Friday

Argosy2008The Argosy Christmas Ships are scheduled to sail along Beach Drive this upcoming Friday, December 7, 2018.  They are scheduled to be at Lowman Beach Park at 7:55 p.m. and then arrive at Alki Beach Park at 11:40 p.m.

Currently the weather for Friday looks like it will be cold and without rain. 🙂





I spy an Eagle eye

Early in the morning yesterday, we awoke to see a bald eagle. It’s not unusual to see them in the tall tree a few blocks away from us located at the most southerly part of Emma Schmitz View Point…however, this is the the first time we’ve seen one on a neighbor’s fence (next door to Beach Drive Bungalow aka Alki Yacht Club).
The eagle had dropped his snack (a fish) on the neighbor’s bulkhead and decided to hang around until a crow encouraged the eagle to move along.