Our destination is West Seattle, which is perched on a thumb of land across from downtown and – at the dock anyway – appears to be a green oasis.
Once we arrive, a free shuttle is waiting to whisk us off to Alki Beach. (What a great transit system!)
In the summer this place is going to be packed with beach-goers – both those here to play in the sand and those walking, biking, and skating alongside. This morning is still pretty quiet: It’s still a little cool to be spending the day the beach.
While there is a good strip of sand here, the real appeal for me is the sumptuous views across Puget Sound.
Michele and I wander along the beach awhile (in the hot sun) until we are ready for break. That seems like a good excuse for lunch, so we head into Cactus for delicious and innovative Mexican fare. (And really lovely, refreshing margaritas too.)
After lunch we stroll through the beach-side neighborhoods for a bit. Alki Point Lighthouse is still closed for the season, but there are plenty of interesting houses (and a number of really boring ones) with great views that we can enjoy instead.
It looks like an idyllic place to live –I think living here would feel a little like always being on vacation. I suggest that Michele may want to consider moving here and promised I’d visit regularly. . . .