Exploring our new hood!

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Today we had a true summer day. The morning was cool and quiet which led to a warm and breezy afternoon full of festivals, parades and salmon watching. We have been trying to explore our new neighborhood that we shall be moving to next weekend!! Last weekend we went to the infamous Ballard Farmer’s Market, which I’m so excited to frequent. Known for the fresh seafood, produce and baked goods, this place is a dream come true.

 Today we went to the Ballard Locks. These interlocks connect Lake Union to the Puget Sound, freshwater meet saltwater. What a strange and brilliant set up it was to see the dam separating the two bodies of water with the line of boats trying to get to the lower level water.  The entrance is a beautiful lush green garden with fresh flowers and live jazz in the grass, this place is so lovely. We could have spent all day there watching the boats come and go, the parting of the seas if you will, but the best part was the salmon. The have a fish ladder that demonstrates how the salmon get upstream, jumping through the “ladder” which is a man made separate tunnel so to speak for the fish to get to the freshwater safely. The ladder is visible underwater and beneath the dam, it felt like the aquarium at Sea World but way more cool because it’s in a FREE park and a part of nature. The dam helps the smolt (baby salmon) stay safe in the waters from the seagulls and various hungry birds too.  These locks are the busiest in the nation and a huge tourist attraction apparently, still it was calm and quiet and just plain fascinating to see. James said he would freak out if he saw salmon, I told him no don’t that’s embarrassing… guess who freaked out? Me! It was so cool! We saw the salmon literally jumping up the rushing water, what a tough life path they must endure.

We drove through an Old Car festival, the Gay Pride Festival and the Strawberry Fest. ( No pictures of these, but you get the idea!) We also checked out many apartments in the neighborhood just in case something better popped up. Saturday brunch and a craftbeer lunch made for a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Friday was all about French wine tasting paired with cheese, I think we are going to LOVE it here.

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