Sunday, August 16, 2015

Day 1116: And on the fifth day we ...

Seattle trip, collage & digital collage

Tuesday Morning 8 AM:
Irene and I checked out and met John, Terry & Brian to go to ...

Third Place Books is the deliberate and intentional creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them. Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park and in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle in 2002, Third Place Books is a general interest bookstore with over 200,000 new, used, and bargain books in Lake Forest Park and over 40,000 books in Ravenna. It is a fun, comfortable, and safe place to browse, linger, lounge, relax, read, eat, laugh, play, talk, listen, and just watch the world go by.

Why Third Place?

Sociologist Ray Oldenberg suggests that each of us needs three places: first is the home; second is the workplace or school; and beyond lies the place where people from all walks of life interact, experiencing and celebrating their commonality as well as their diversity. It is a third place. In his celebrated book, The Great Good Place, Oldenberg discusses how the cafes, pubs, town squares, and other gathering places make a community stronger and bring people together.

A perfect place for browsing and ...

A delicious breakfast.
Did I mention that I love Seattle?

John is a Seattle artist, so he knows all the best places.
We would follow him anywhere. 
And we did.

Amazing gardens.

My favorite flower. the hydrangea, was the size of volleyballs!
I apologize that my photos don't do them justice.
I feel in love with this next one! Anybody know what it is?

Well bless Lynn from Colorado for solving my puzzle!
Seems this is a dried version of Sea holly (Eryngium alpinum) 

has a wonderful, steely-blue color, intriguing spiky foliage, 
and a seriously tough nature. 
Isn't the internet & friendship great?
And then we were on our way to the Chittenden Locks.


The complex of locks sit in the middle of Salmon Bay 
and are part of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. 
We did see salmon jumping in the water ...
but your photographer was not fast enough.

 We watched the tugboat guide two barges through.
I looked at the neighboring kid's faces, and
decided we all shared the same amazement.

Seagulls seemed to daydream of uncatchable salmon.
A wonderful morning ... and still another first for me.

Thanks to great friends & travel companions!

John, Terry, Irene & Brian

  Bye Seattle, it was a great 5 days.

Did I mention that I love Seattle? 

A smile for Sunday ...

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