Sunday, April 20, 2014

30DaysofScootering: Italian Cars and Issaquah's Resident Rooster

Today was another working day for me, but I got out for a bit in the morning. I scootered over to the Triple XXX Drive-in, which today was hosting a bunch of Italian car enthusiasts.

While I manage to live a perfectly fine life without bothering to own an automobile, I can certainly appreciate nifty machinery. I find people who are passionate about something tend to be interesting folks.

I don't know enough about cars to make intelligent comments, but I took some pictures of things I found interesting.


Right near the car show was this new business that is opening up in Issaquah. They have some awesome adventure equipment.

This rig is very cool.

Here is a shot of the interior of the tent. Plenty of room for a couple of folks to sleep comfortably.

They also had this rugged camp van.

Another nifty little Italian car.

The Triple XXX is not a health-food place,

Nearly every weekend there is some kind of car group meeting here. The whole place hasn't changed much since the 1950s.

I also scooter over to the Espresso stand on Front Street.

The little doghouse to the right of the stand doesn't house a dog.

It's home to McNugget the rooster, who roams free. McNugget has survived dog attacks, a well-meaning kidnapping and a dozen Issaquah winters. He still is going strong.

I scooter home and then off to work.

2.76 miles of scootering today, bringing my April total to 159.03 miles.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: Issaquah Farmer's Market

Today was the first Issaquah Farmer's Market of the year. I don't have to be at work at the bike shop until 10:00 AM and the Farmer's Market opens at 9:00 AM, so I scootered over before work to check things out. The Market takes place on the grounds of the old Pickering farm site.

I park my scooter next to my friend Jeff's XtraCycle. Jeff's helping out at the city's Department of Sustainability booth today. Jeff tells me my scooter evangelism has paid off. He's ordered a KickPed of his own!

Mary Joe and Micah are a couple of people who work hard to make Issaquah a great place to live, walk, bike and scoot!

Brenda from CleanScapes is another of Issaquah's environmental champions.

CleanScapes are the folks who pick up our recycling here in Issaquah and they have a store in Gilman Village specializing in goods made from recycled materials.

CleanScapes will soon be rebranded as Recology CleanScapes. Among other things, they work with my pals at Bike Works, collecting used bikes and selling refurbished used kids bikes.

This fish hatchery folks are here.

And so are the green power folks.

But the main business of the market is food and crafts from various small, local and regional vendors.

The Mahlens have great smoked salmon and cheese. I had a small budget ($20) allocated to today's market trip. About half of it went into smoked cheese. It was money very well spent.

More vendors. The forecast is for rain, but for the first hour, things stay dry.

As summer rolls on the Saturday markets will get busier.

Despite the name, Shelly's business is actually a local Issaquah operation. "Seattle Soap Shop is much more alliterative," she explains.

The Little Prague Bakery also got some of my money. I got a lovely cream cheese pastry.

Of course there are fruit and veggie vendors at the Farmer's Market.

There is also funky art.

I didn't buy any art.

I did buy a (very good) hot chocolate. The coffee folks were doing a good business on this cool morning. The crane in the background is part of the construction of a new parking garage for the Costco corporate offices.

The farm site is also home to one of Issaquah's community gardens.

Today, all the action is on the other side of the barn.

As I scooter off to work, I stop to take a quick picture of another of the creatures that is quite common in this damp part of the world, the slug. They get kind of big around here.

6.25 miles of scootering today, bringing my April total to 156.27 miles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: The Birds of Lake Sammamish State Park

Friday is the start of my work week, but it was a nice morning so I got a few miles of scootering in before I rolled off to the bike shop. The wind and rain from the past couple of days has blanketed some of the sidewalks with blossoms but there is still plenty of color left on the trees.

The flags across the state are flying at half staff this week in memory of the victims of the Oso mudslide.

The blossoms by the depot are still hanging on.

I scooter north toward the state park.

This broad, flat trail is the ideal surface for scootering.

Sammamish State Park is nesting area for many birds.

I roll up to the boat launch area.

A woman taking pictures with her iPhone tells me this eagle pair has been here the past three mornings.

Here's a closer look at those eagles.

As usual, there are plenty of ducks about.

As I roll back toward home, I spot a heron in the marshlands beside the trail.

6.87 miles of scootering this morning, plus my usual 1.08 miles of back and forth to work and lunch. So my day total winds up at 7.95 miles, bringing my April total to 150.02 miles.