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

And now a quick word from our sponsor…ME! My full-time day job is as a Mortgage Originator. In fact, this year marks my 20th anniversary at Mortgage Master Service Corporation helping people buy and refinance their Washington state homes. 🙂

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.

Inches of Ice on Jacobsen Road

The base of Jacobsen Road towards Beach Drive is covered with inches of ice.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is on the scene. As we have not had real snow in days, I’m guessing this build up of ice is from the natural springs and our freeeeeezing cold spell.

Bundle up and drive safe, friends!

Barking Dog Report – Round 2: Storm and High Wind Warnings

Barking-Dog-ReportWe have another stormy day ahead of us as the remains of Typhoon Songda hits our area. Today’s storm is supposed to be much stronger than yesterday.  Currently the National Weather Service has a “storm warning” for the Puget Sound and “high wind warning” for our region. Weather Guru Cliff Mass is warning people to stay away from trees during this storm as branches are likely to come down. Seattle’s Mayor recommends that we stay out of parks this weekend to avoid injury or worse from falling trees.

We’re issuing another “Barking Dog Report” because we are preparing for another day of water coming over the bulkhead. Even though the wind direction is not what we typically require for flooding for our home (SW), the winds are predicted to be powerful at the same time of higher tides.

The strongest winds are expected to hit our area in conjunction with higher tides. This afternoon’s high tide is an 11.9 at 4:45 pm.

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Here’s the current Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

PZZ135-151900-
PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
258 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT

TODAY
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT EARLY…BECOMING E 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS EARLY…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.

TONIGHT
S WIND 30 TO 40 KT WITH GUSTS NEAR 60 KT…EASING TO 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 5 TO 7 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service:

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-
BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE PUGET SOUND REGION
FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY...

* WIND...INCREASING FROM THE SOUTH AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
  LOCALLY NEAR 60 MPH LATE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE SUBSIDING LATER
  THIS EVENING.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...SEATTLE...EVERETT...TACOMA...
  BREMERTON...BRINNON...WOODINVILLE...BELLEVUE...AND SUMNER.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR BETWEEN 4 PM
  AND 9 PM PDT.

* IMPACTS...HIGH WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES ONTO ROADS...VEHICLES...
  AND ROOFTOPS. FALLING TREES OR LARGE BRANCHES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO
  CAUSE FATALITIES DURING WINDSTORMS. DOWNED POWER LINES CAN
  CAUSE POWER OUTAGES LASTING A COUPLE OF HOURS OR LONGER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS OR LIGHT WEIGHT FURNITURE BEFORE THE
STRONG WINDS ARRIVE. IF THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE, AVOID THE RISK
OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING BY KEEPING PORTABLE GENERATORS AND
BARBECUE GRILLS OUTDOORS.

Here’s Wind Alert‘s current chart for predicted winds by Lincoln Park.

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Yesterday is old news… however we did experience flooding at our home. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been had the winds been more southwest. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors who stopped by to check on us and help out with the pumps. Our immediate neighbors did not seem to be impacted with flooding yesterday. I posted live videos on Facebook/beachdriveblog.

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Stay safe everyone! Charge up those cell phones, check those flashlights for batteries and check on your neighbors. Take care.