The Theme of the ALA Midwinter is “The conversation starts here”. ALA takes place this weekend in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. I went up for the day to visit the zillion vendors (more or less) The first person I ran into was somebody that I know! Really there were a bunch of friends there and one long time Facebook, AAUW friend that I got to meet face to face 🙂 And while there were a plethora of phones and tablets, there was also a great deal of discussion. And the vendors were friendly and had excellent freebies! I was particularly interested in learning that Gaylord was promoting Little Free Libraries “Libraries Big & Small We <3 Them All!” I put my name in to win a premade little library structure. While there I also snapped a photo of some of the art, the view and the ALA poster that my daughter (via phone) insisted I purchase.
What an amazing view is to be had at the Topside Bar & Grill at 215 Wilkes Street Steilacoom, WA 98388. I met some long time friends to unwind after a long work week and truly appreciated the lovely summer evening and the glorious sunset. We had some refreshments and solved the problems of the world and then walked down to the local park to enjoy the view further.
Until today I didn’t know that Port Orchard had a boardwalk! Our family went to Port Orchard to give my dear husband a chance to look at old nicknacks (ummm I mean go through antique malls). But dear daughter and I stretched our legs and found this boardwalk, with real boards and a lovely, lovely view. We walked it to the end, which took under 10 minutes.
It turns out that the City of Port Orchard has some big plans for this little boardwalk. It is to be expanded to the Annapolis ferry facility and become part of the Mosquito Fleet Trail.
The Mosquito Fleet Trail Master Plan states “Mosquito Fleet In the year 1908 twenty-four docks provided passenger and goods transport between Kingston and Southworth along the eastern shoreline of the Kitsap Peninsula. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1908) The Mosquito Fleet derives its name from the ubiquity of the small steamboats that carried passengers between these docks and across the Puget Sound as common as mosquitoes buzzing through the air. Historians attribute the beginning of the Mosquito Fleet to the year 1853, when the Fairy began service between Olympia and Seattle (Clark, p. 48). At the turn of the century, numerous lines competed against each other, vying for both passengers and goods. The emergence of the automobile had disastrous effects on the Mosquito Fleet. By the mid-1930’s only the Black Ball Line survived. In 1951, Captain Peabody sold what remained of his fleet to the State of Washington, officially ending the era of the Mosquito Fleet.”
Today’s new place is Group Health at 209 Martin Luther King Junior Way. Fast facts on their website state that as of October 2010 Group Health in general has over 650,000 members and a staff of 9,365, of which 985 are physicians.
While we were up on the 4th Floor for an allergy appointment, we enjoyed the lovely view! For the record, we have always been impressed with the level of care that we have received from Group Health.
I thought I’d best make some outside places my new place of the day, while I still have some daylight to work with. So, off I went to the 4+ acre Irving Park on Hosmer. It was a pretty typical park, a big field, restrooms, some playground equipment. I suspect what makes this park special is the view it has of Nalley Valley. But there was nobody in the park and I just wasn’t comfortable walking to the isolated area to check out the view. Maybe when I have company I’ll try that.
The part is on the site of what use to be the Irving School, which was named after Washington Irving. The school was closed in 1930 and demolished in 1934. If you’d like to see a photo of some students from the Irving School in 1926, go here
Wanting to enjoy one of the last warm summer days, we went to Steamers Seafood Cafe for the new place on 9/2/10. The food is consistently tasty, but it is the location/view that makes this restaurant so special. Adjacent to Titlow Park, Steamers has a view of the Tacoma Narrows Waterway and The Tacoma Narrows Bridges.
The second photo shows the view from the park next to Steamers. In the background is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It was a lovely evening.