It’s been a while since I’ve really taken the time to invest some energy in shooting and publishing on this photoblog, and yet telling stories with photos is something I really enjoy. Just because it’s fun, when I went to go get a massage during my days off work, I decided to take a stroll around the funky town that is Fremont and spend the rest of the day just enjoying the area.
After parking my car, I started mozying on down the street and found the big Fremont Rocket standing tall in the sun.
I had a little time so I hopped inside PCC to grab a bite to eat and got a free organic soup (thank you Foursquare!), mango kombucha, and an organic banana.
After getting my nom on, I headed out and found a little area they’d set aside along the sidewalk to grow food.
Right next door, there’s this sandwich place Matt really likes called Baguette Box.
I think it’s one of the many places here that’s been featured on Food Network.
If you look at the architecture here, it looks pretty unique, doesn’t it? Let’s zoom out and step back across the street to get a better view!
This is part of the central area of Fremont, so I decided to go off the beaten path a bit and find some little details to discover.
Right around the corner I found a sign letting me know that Google, Adobe, and Getty Images were here too!
and sure enough, here’s a relatively nondescript Google building…
With the water just back behind this area, that’s naturally where I headed.
As you approach the water, there’s some stairs that head down to the bike/walking trail that runs alongside the water.
The stairs here are kinda funky and immediately reminded me of the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces in Yellowstone National Park…
Some regions of the terraces are colored as you can see. Others are totally white like the stairs.
I wonder if this is where they got the inspiration for the stairs!
Heading down towards the water, here’s the view looking into Lake Union:
Walking along the waterside, it looks like I wasn’t the only one enjoying the winter sun!
Continuing right along, if you keep going you’ll run into the Fremont Dinosaurs!
The story behind these guys is pretty funny. Guess how much the dude who bought these dinosaurs paid for them? If you happened to just watch the Price is Right and you guessed $1, you’d be correct! No seriously. lol…
Apparently the Pacific Science Center was trying to get rid of them so the Fremontians (or whatever they’re called… Freemontonians?) brought all 5 tons of the dinosaurs on over, rewelded the wire frames, and started regrowing the 7,000 ivy plants it needs to fill the metal skeleton.
Around the corner from the dinosaurs, follow your nose and it’ll lead you to the Theo Chocolate Factory!
(Something odd I discovered about this place… it smells like chocolate from the back, but from not the front. I’m guessing the back is where the aroma-filled exhaust, for lack of a better word, from the chocolate factory is released? or maybe they’re just taking a page out of Abercrombie’s book?)
At the chocolate factory here, they offer tours (that I have yet to go on) of the factory!
One of the great things that may keep you coming back here time and time again is that they offer free samples of chocolate!
There’s tables and walls full of chocolate bars and samples of chocolate.
After a bit of walking, it was time to head on over to Planet Earth Yoga.
Upstairs is where my friends Matt and Julie offer their monthly satsangs.
When I went upstairs, I grabbed a cup of hot tea while filling out the paperwork beforehand. I like how they had “calming” tea available as well as “stress relief.” How perfect!
It was my first massage with Audra and I like how she incorporated a few extra things into her massages like, hot stones, sounds, and aromatherapy. It was a nice touch.
After a nice relaxing experience, I headed down to the Seattle REI because, well, why not?
One great thing about this location is that there’s a waterfall out front as you climb the stairs to the main entrance. Getting a good shot of it with naked winter-time tree branches in the way makes it a little tough, but oh well.
Inside it was fun checking out Vibram’s new selection of Fivefinger’s, noticing REI’s current nonexisting inventory of male’s chacos, and how the inventory and store layout was changing for the season…
One thing here that’s nice for parents, and probably drives the employees at the adjacent restaurant crazy, is the playground for screaming kids. :p
After strolling through the store and not really doing anything important, I hopped back in the car and started driving around Seattle, watching the city as the sun set.
(Leaving the store, I even saw one of my customers who I had just sold a vehicle to!)
Traffic was pretty bad on the highways as I was leaving this afternoon, so I took an alternate route back and, while passing Green Lake, spontaneously pulled into the parking lot for no reason.
Taking a rest, I walked over to the edge of the lake and sat down to look across the water.
I had been here once or twice before, but never really explored it. Since I had some time and felt like walking alongside lots of people instead of sitting in traffic, I got up and started hiking down the trail that loops around the lake.
It’s roughly 3 miles long and features several different lanes depending on if you’re on wheels (bike/rollerblades), on foot (walking or running), and even an inner track of gravel and packed dirt for those of us who prefer a more natural and forgiving terrain.
One thing I particularly enjoyed was that on the dirt part of the track, there’s little puddles of water that you can splash through. Since the light was low, you’d spot them either by the remaining traces of skylight bouncing off the puddles or, when the sky was totally black, by the car’s headlights in the distance reflecting off the puddles.
When jogging or running, it was especially enjoyable to splash through the puddles. Yet another reason why I love always wearing goretex shoes and outdoorsy clothing when walking around Seattle!
After a nice run/walk around the lake, it was time to hop back in the car and head home.
…a great way to spend a day just noticing the world here and having fun new experiences.