Thursday, April 24, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: Wild Scootering on Squak Mountain

There was a fair bit of wind and rain today in Issaquah, but I took advantage of a break in the gloom to get out for a few miles of scootering this afternoon. The earlier rough weather has knocked a bunch of the blossoms from the trees.

These pink blossoms are pretty and pretty darn slippery.

Even though my KickPed doesn't have a kickstand, I've figured out that my Fix It Sticks work great as an impromptu stand.

The blossoms tend to stick to everything.

 I scooter past the old Gilman Town Hall.

And roll by some more signs of spring.

I want to check out a section of the creek upstream from the hatchery where the city recently removed an old dam.

This little overlook is just a bit south of Newport Way.

This angle shows the Newport Way Bridge in the background. This is still very close to downtown Issaquah.

I follow the dirt road upstream. With my KickPed's wide tires, I can actually scoot on a road like this. It's not fast scooting, mind you, but I'm rolling.

The road leads to a gravel trail. The creek here has been restored to it's more original, free flowing state.

This is the view looking back downstream.

And this is the view looking upstream.

I follow the Squak Mountain Access Trail as it gets smaller and more rugged.

The trail climbs up the mountain.

In places I'm walking, using my scooter more as a hiking staff than anything.

I pop out at a nice sidewalk trail. I could continue hiking up the mountain, but it's clouding up again and I should head for home.

Here's the view from the northwest flank of Squak Mountain, looking west to Tiger Mountain.

I follow this asphalt trail down the mountain to downtown Issaquah and home.

3.04 miles of scootering today, bringing my April total to 212.59 miles.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: Rolling Up To Redmond

Wednesday is my virtual Saturday so today I took advantage of my free time to scooter up to Redmond. I'd been wanting to go to a used bookstore up there and last night Christine informed me that her coworker Gary got replacement wheels for his scooter at "the scooter shop in Redmond." "There's a scooter shop in Redmond?" "Yep, not scooters like yours. Trick scooters." It doesn't matter, if there's a scooter shop, I'm going to go check it out. Christine had gotten the name from Gary, Pro Scooter Shop. Google told me how to get there.

I roll north under cloudy skies.

Still lots of blossoms on the trees.

The goats are having breakfast.

I roll past the boat landing at the state park. No eagles today.

At the Sammamish city limit, I switch from trail riding to riding on the sidewalk, bike lane and road shoulder.

All the way up to Redmond there is at least a decent shoulder on the road.

On the scooter, I'm prone to stop and check out all the little creeks.

This is kind of pretty, tucked in among the big overflow pipes that keep the parkway from being flooded when the rains get intense.

The shoulder is wide enough for scootering or biking.

When I have a sidewalk, I tend to scoot there.

In Redmond, the paved trail resumes. I take the tunnel under the parkway.

The northern section of the Sammamish Trail is closed because the city is going to be paving it. In a few years we'll have a completely paved trail running all the way from Issaquah to Seattle.

I turn onto the Marymoor Connector Trail.

This map shows the various trails and parks in King County.

Marymoor is the big park in Redmond at the north end of Lake Sammamish.

This little bridge crosses the Sammamish River.

The trail follows the river north.

I turn off in Redmond to see what I find at McDonald's Book Exchange.

Today I found a nifty old paperback collection of creepy stories by Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury.

I rejoin the trail and cross over the river at 90th Street. I roll over to Willows Road and then up to 95th.

Pro Scooter Shop is a little place tucked away in a business park.

They have a bunch of cool scooters, but none I like better than mine. The Lucky Dirt Scooter: The Warthog (bottom scooter in the picture above) looks super tough.

Except for the Warthog, most of the scooters had smaller wheels than I prefer. But if you're into trick scooters, these guys have you covered.

I roll back toward home.

You can never go too far around here without finding some salmon-themed art.

The Redmond Public Library has decided to go with another Pacific Northwest icon for its bit of sculpture.

I like to check the Friends of the Library shelves for inexpensive for-sale books. Today I come up empty, but I did get to park next to this nifty Dahon folding bike.

Back at the park, I take a couple of pictures of the old windmill.

There are some great old trees here. This used to be an estate.

I roll back towards Issaquah.

At the Sammamish town line, I'm back to riding on the shoulder.

My randonneuring pals help keep this section of road clean.

The main business district of Sammamish is up on the Plateau.

After more miles rolling south, I'm back home.

33 miles of scootering today. The clouds threatened rain all day but aside from a couple of very light sprinkles, I stayed dry. My April total is now up to 209.55 miles of scootering.