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This last Thursday, I forced myself to go on a walk. I haven't been consistent in doing power walks for a couple of months now, but the day was beautiful, I had time to burn, and I wasn't hungover, so thusly there was no excuse.

Usually I pick a point somewhere on or off Capitol Hill and head that way, deviating from my preset course when the whim strikes me. This time I decided the get the fuck out of the neighborhood and go somewhere else. I picked Discovery Park. I hadn't been there in some time, and I was encouraged by the possibility of some beach time and significant elevation changes (gotta keep that heart rate elevated). I took a slooooooow bus ride up to the north end of the park.

Whenever I travel through Magnolia, I always wonder "Who lives here? What goes on here?" I never knew anyone from there when I was growing up, and only know a handful of people who live or have lived there now. There are lots of mid-century apartment buildings on the main drags, but you can still see the fancy-ass homes peeking out from behind them. I can't imagine wanting to rent a place over there. I suppose if I drove it'd be a better option than living in Shoreline or somewhere, but any way you cut it, there's no fast way to get in or out of the place.

I digress: I took the main trail down to the beach. The tide was out and I was able to cover a lot of distance without walking on too many rocks. (My right ankle has been giving me grief, and I hadn't done a big walk in two months, so uneven surfaces are the enemy.) I came across a boat that had run aground a week or so ago. It's named Permanent Address. Isn't it ironic? Doncha think? Oof.

I walked as far as the bluffs, and then a little past where I'd ever been able to on account of the tide. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find a spot to get off the beach any further south, so I turned back and hoofed it up the main trail back to the north parking lot. I grabbed a bus back as far as Lower Queen Anne. Traffic was fucked on Denny all the way up Capitol Hill, so I bailed out by the Pacific Science Center and hoofed it home, lapping two #8s in the process.

Long walks always do me good. I try to remind myself of that whenever I try to talk myself out of doing one. I feel like I exercise my brain as much as my legs. There's something rewarding about pointing myself in the direction of the highest hill I can find and cruising up it. It reminds me that no matter how out of breath I get or how sore it makes me, I can just go and do it, and every successive time I do it it's easier. And then I want to go find another different, higher hill.

Date: 2015-03-15 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-eagle-eye.livejournal.com
I don't think we know each other but since there are so few people writing in LJ these days, one can't help but read every word. Anyway: As someone born and raised in Seattle, thanks for the detailed account of walking in Discovery Park. I miss that place. (Also: I knew two people who lived in Magnolia growing up. They both lived in houses by the water. Their parents were mysteries, as all things Magnolia are.)

Date: 2015-03-15 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
We don't know each other, but we did meet once, at McLeod Residence. You were with Nikoel and Suzanne (she and I both worked at Nordstrom at the time). The booze was flowing, so I wouldn't fault you for not remembering.

Date: 2015-03-16 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-eagle-eye.livejournal.com
Ha! My memory is so fried ;)

Date: 2015-03-16 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
Those days are fuzzy, to be sure.

In another bit of weirdness, there's a regular at my bar who I believe is your brother...

Date: 2015-03-16 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-eagle-eye.livejournal.com
No fucking WAY!!!! Which bar?! We have no clue what he does when he goes out! That's so wild. I love Seattle.

Date: 2015-03-16 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
The Grizzled Wizard in Wallingford. He's been coming in for a couple of years now. He usually rolls in around 1:00 AM, sucks down two or three ciders, and then a tallboy (or the reverse, but it's almost always some combination of that). He's said something about working at a bar, as a doorguy (I think?), but I couldn't tell you what one.

Date: 2015-03-17 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-eagle-eye.livejournal.com
So crazy. Thanks for the intel! I know he has a circuit of bars he goes to regularly so it's interesting to know which one (and comforting to know he's doing normal-ish things). I hope he's not too weird. You should tell him you know me! He'd flip.

Date: 2015-03-16 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4hour-ramona.livejournal.com
a good long walk really is the best thing. i've always been fond of late-night alonetime long walks, but haven't been able to take them for the past couple years (ballard's newfound population density = more jerks and not feeling safe). discovery park may be a good daytime substitute.

Date: 2015-03-16 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
I feel you - walking around the more densely populated parts of Capitol HIll is the opposite of relaxing and centering. I find myself heading for the richer parts of the Hill, where during the day there's no one out (except for landscapers - so many goddamn landscapers!) and it's nice and quiet. When I was at Discovery, there were a decent number of other folks around, but I was still able to go for long stretches in complete solitude.

Date: 2015-03-17 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 4hour-ramona.livejournal.com
i sometimes go down into the industrial part of ballard and the marina areas, they are fine during the day but at night it's not so safe. some of the more single-family residential areas are still really great for a meander - lots of cool yards to peek into and a lot of good solid quiet time.

when i lived on the hill, i loved walking among the older mansions. a lot of the architecture is so so so beautiful.

Date: 2015-03-19 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
One of my favorite Ballard walks was taking Market over to about where the Locks are, and then north into Sunset Hill. I'd go up as far as that little park on 75th and just hang out and look at the Olympics for a bit, and then meander back. I'd walk around the industrial part too, but yeah, it seems like it'd be sketchy at night.

Date: 2015-03-17 01:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizrobot
That's why I like running. It's good thinking time.

I have a newish coworker who relocated from Omaha and lives in Magnolia in an apartment - and she is finding out how hard it is to get around by bus from there! Maybe Magnolia is filled with people who just moved here and don't know any better. Though I did read those houses in Discovery Park are going to be put up for sale soon and I would die to live there.

Date: 2015-03-19 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
Those houses are so cool. Have you ever been out to Fort Worden? They have similar style houses that you can rent.

Date: 2015-03-19 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mizrobot
No, I haven't been there. I should put it on my list, we have friends who live up there now.

Date: 2015-03-19 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinus.livejournal.com
I feel ya on the walks. A few years back I set a goal of 2 hours walking every day, regardless of weather. Once you're out in it, the rain's (almost) never as bad as it looks, and it does wonders for the mental health, to say nothing of the physical. But most days I still find some excuse not to do it.

Not sure how your joints are with stairs, but it might be worth exploring this site on stairway walks, or perusing this book (the library has copies; I'd just give you mine, but it's water damaged from some rainy walks). In many cases the guided routes are quite nice, but they can also just be useful for coming up with permutations or new connections on your own.

Date: 2015-03-19 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0tat0es.livejournal.com
Thanks for those links. That website is great - I had no idea there were so many stairs around.

My joints are ok, but my right foot is a little jacked up right now so I have to watch it. Speaking of which, what's your footwear sitch? I have some New Balances that I do most of my walking in, but I don't like wearing them at work.

Date: 2015-03-20 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinus.livejournal.com
I usually just wear whatever. At the moment that's some Nikes, but prior to that was New Balance. Given how much I do walk, I can't be bothered to spend tons on shoes, since they wear out so quickly. So I just go to the Rack and it's usually pretty easy to find something good for $40-50. YMMV of course, but it's the most reasonable solution I've found.

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