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November 27, 2011
Nov 27, 2011 @ 16:10:51
is that a lake or a flood? LOL.
Nov 27, 2011 @ 16:37:09
i think it’s lake washington! i didn’t even think about the flooding- hahahaha- just wanted to show how beautiful it is! 🙂
Nov 27, 2011 @ 16:38:14
in that case….a lake, yes, it is gorgeous!
Nov 27, 2011 @ 17:35:43
Woo hoo! Isn’t it wonderful to just walk out of your front door and have those views? I love it here!
You have been warned about snow/ice here, right? That street looks like you’ll be one of the “stuck” folks when the black ice hits. 🙂 Plan ahead! You won’t believe how wacky it gets here with .5″ of snow – it’s because there’s a layer of ice underneath everything, and NO PLOWS. Remember how, back in MI, you could go out at midnight and always hear a snowplow off somewhere in the distance, working? Not out here!!!!! My street *NEVER* gets plowed here. That would never happen back in MI! 🙂 It can take some getting used to…
Also, no one shovels their sidewalks here. Get some walking-in-ice thingees for your winter boots. You’ll need ’em if it snows heavy out here! Don’t depend on highways getting plowed. Don’t depend on the bus running. If you don’t believe me, check out last year’s horrific nightmare commute … search for nov 2010 storm seattle – lots of youtube videos etc and articles about people with 14 hour commutes. 🙂 This blogpost has some good links: http://timandjeni.com/blog/epic-commute-tims-november-22-2010-snow-trek/
Nov 27, 2011 @ 21:23:33
Looks like a view of Lake Washington from up hill (no need to worry about flooding from the lake where you are), in the general vicinity of Seward Park, looking over at the expensive waterfront houses on Mercer Island. There are so many great views in Seattle, that even if you don’t pay the big bucks to buy a house with a view from the living room, you can go outside & walk around your neighborhood to enjoy the view. The added benefit is that when the views are best, the weather is such that the walking is also best.
Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:41:58
I lived in Seattle (Edmonds) from 1962 to 1969. I think Foo above is exaggerating. Yes it does snow most years and the fog can be quite dense, but the Seattle area doesn’t really get cold enough usually for worrying about any ice problems.
As for driving up that hill, I have relatives in Portland OR who live atop a hill. They had a Mercedes and a VW Bug. In winter they would leave the VW Bug parked at a cemetery at the bottom of their hill, because it could make it up in the snow.
Of course going down is more dangerous, but being from MI you know all about that already.
Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:31:54
good to know. but in michigan we didn’t have hills… oh well- gives me an excuse to bake more cookies to stock up the freezer! 😉
Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:36:02
yep- we’re loving it!!
Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:08:58
Yes, snow and ice in the midwest and here are totally different animals. When we first moved here, I thought that Seattlites were so funny with their fear of snow and ice. But the first time it froze when I was coming down a hill, I realized just *why* there is such a difference: physics. Gravity trumps friction on ice. So the midwestern strategy of driving slowly and using friction to stop simply doesn’t work. Fortunately, it isn’t icy very often here, and when it is, it rarely lasts for more than a few hours. So just being sensible about driving (or not) is the best defense.
Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:43:27
i think we are going to bed down in the house if/when it ices over. after watching you-tube videos of busses sliding all over the road and the sidewalks, i think my kids are kind of afraid of going anywhere in the winter here anyway…
Nov 29, 2011 @ 22:58:25
Exactly. Just make sure there are some good books in the house & some tea or cider ingredients, and settle down to enjoy a little time off.
Nov 30, 2011 @ 01:09:18
Looks great! I spent a week in Seattle a few years back and it was Sunny for three days in a row! My girlfriend was frantic! We did all sorts of outdoorsy stuff. don’t forget the wooden boat museum at the harbor….If hearts of gold are playing somewhere, they are a nautical education in a fun time……WOW I had forgotten how outstandingly beautiful Seattle is! Thanks for the pic1
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