Posted in Green River Trail

Singing Robin

A sound of sweet melody drew my attention the other day.

I was on the Green River Trail in Kent photographing a run down barn and burnt out old house. Kind of depressing since those nearly 100 year old buildings had been used by a company for storage. Regulated to the back yard junk heap.

This little guys singing brought me right out of my musing on how times had changed along the river bank.

When you look at this next photo I bet you can even hear him singing!

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Posted in Birds and other fun topics

Rambling free of Technology

Over the last year my blog has morphed from just a nature blog. I spent quite a bit of my time traveling the Duwamish/Green River basin and documenting the Ruins of Longacres racetrack. Of course there was a lot of nature and crows but these series of articles focused on a new flavor which was rambling or walking with an awareness of ones surroundings. This now seems to be a lost past time due to the ever-present small screens in our hands.

This brought me to changing the tag line of Crows of Arroyos Blog from Serendipity of Life to Rambling free of Technology.

To further this point here is a blog post from a fellow blogger I admire for his insightfulness. This one is about addiction to our technology.

Parallax – The Dystopian Future Is Here: Technology Addiction & Enslavement

Some questions to ponder. Do we find ourselves feeling connected with others through our tools? or have we really just disconnected ourselves from our current environment? or is this a combination of both things. In the end it is how we balance the tool with our day-to-day life and interpersonal interactions.

A scary side to this smart phone slavery is it restricts us to a smaller world. We only receive the news or information that we want. This isolates us from many of the difficult and troubling developments in our world today. It becomes easy to dismiss others who do not have our views and burrow deeper into our personal cubby holes.  No wonder we have such discord and disrespect in our world today.

My rambling along roads and rivers seems kind of simple when compared to this greater social issue. However, where ever I have roamed I found others to talk to and share my sightings. My hope is these interactions both in person and via the Crows of Arroyos are a small shining star to help break down these technology created barriers.

Duwamish Rock & Green River Trail bridge
Duwamish Rock & Green River Trail bridge

Here are some links to the articles mentioned above.  I hope they inspire you to start rambling free yourself.

Green River Trail Quest

Our only River – the Duwamish

My Duwamish Adventure

Ruins of Longacres – The Track

Georgetown Steam Plant

Posted in crows

Crow Street

Rambling around Kent, Washington on the way to the Green River Trail I came to West Crow Street.

Crow Stalker couldn’t help herself and took a photo of this place.  Wonder if the local murder of crows know they have a namesake.  Too bad one didn’t just land on the sign while I had camera in hand.  Oh well…. still very cool.

Crows have a street in Kent
Crows have a street in Kent
Posted in Birds and other fun topics

Soggy Eagle

Rounded the bend and there he was in a snaggy tree looking wet and soggy. Only by chance did I get to see this guy. Traffic was backed up on the freeway so I drove the back-way through Allentown and along the Green River.

The Bald Eagle has made a big come back. Years ago this would have been a rare sighting and everyone would stop to gawk. Not now, they just whiz by and don’t even notice him sitting there.

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Bald Eagle staring towards the Green River
Posted in Crows on the Road

Crows of Frager Road

Along the Green River’s west bank is a small flock of crows beating out a living. What a good living it is too. Crow Stalker’s walk along the river has found another family to feature.

This piece of the river cuts between a large housing development on the west side and a Kent park and a large kennel on the east side. It was on the backside of the kennel I first noticed them. A hawk was floating on a thermal close by and the resident crows were not happy with him. Their cawing and antics caught my attention as I walked south.

That kennel must be a boon of good eats for the murder. Add a park with lots of good trees with privacy for a nursery and no wonder this flock considers this a prime territory to hold.

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Crows hanging out over a Kennel
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Crow pair have staked out this tree next to the kennel.

On my return trip more of them were out on the west side at the back of the houses and around a pump station Kent had put in.

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Crows using the houses for view of river
Crow watches from pole
Crow watches from pole
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Crow at Frager Rd watching as partner forages

This part of Frager road is mostly shut to road traffic making it a safe playground for the crows. Frager is one of the original roads along the Green River that used to connect the population of the area. A couple of years ago the city of Kent bought up most of the farms and houses and then closed the roads to traffic making a walking and bicycling trail on both sides of the river.

I leave you with a final picture of a Frager crow and the old guard rail. Notice how it has seen a lot of traffic and probably saved a few cars from going into the drink.

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Crow guard on Frager Rd not so straight guard rail
Posted in Green River Trail

Wild Pink

Spring has brought us pink flowers on a wild current shrub. Its formal name is Ribes sanguineum Pursh or better known as red-flower currant.

Red Flower Current on Frager Road
Red Flower Current on Frager Road

This is just off  Frager Road in Kent, WA.  It is not open to car traffic in this area, so it has gone wild on both sides of the old river road.

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Pink Flowers in the PNW brush
Posted in Green River Trail, My Duwamish Adventure

My Duwamish Adventure

The Duwamish River has mystery around it.   There is a conundrum of industry and nature along its banks.  Please go with me on an adventure trekking the length of her.  We will start at a place I consider her transformation from the Green River to the Duwamish.  This place has a large rock at low tide and at one time my senses tell me it was the end of large vessel navigation.

This quest is not as easy as my Green River Trail project.  The path along the river bank does not exist in a continuous groomed manner on the Duwamish.  You will hear me refer to the sign that is the end or beginning of the Green River Trail.  That is the place where following the river becomes more of an adventure.

Along the way I learned more about how the River was straightened.  With a few maps I realized that there are several remnants of the old river.  They appear to be places to park boats but in reality they are where the river bends intersected the man-made channel.  Here are two pictures I found that show this.

Here is a listing of my blog posts.  As I traverse the only river in Seattle I will add to this list, so do come back to use this as a guide.  Do be kind to the river and then she will be kind to you!   Join in her revitalization by joining any of the groups helping restore her glory.

Duwamish Adventure Begins – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 1

This is the kickoff post of my adventure.  It traverses the river from the Cecil Moses Park to the south side of Turning Basin #3.  You will see some hidden stairs, the back of the USPS center, Oxbow Boeing bridge and walking trail plus my getting stuck in the muck.

Duwamish River’s Rich and Homeless – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 2

This last couple of weeks I walked several times from the Turning Basin #3 up through Southpark to the 14th Avenue South Bridge.  I was struck by the mixture of use the river has on it.  The Green River Trail was mostly natural with a splattering of warehouses and homes.  The Duwamish is so different.  Check out the spectacular yachts right next to those less fortunate.

Duwamish River Electrified – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 3

Got your attention!  This article is not about the river being live with electricity but rather about a City Light substation wedged between the river and freeway.  Remember how I stated I had to be inventive on my quest to get to the river bank?  This article not only will show you the massive wires and transformers but also how I got to the bank.

Duwamish Industry and Houses Southpark – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 4

As I traipsed along the river I collected a collection of photos of the mixed use the river has.  This article gives you a glimpse of that variety. In some places I only could get a glimpse of the river but then others I gloried in her nearness.

Southpark Bridge across Duwamish River – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 5

The Duwamish River has had a bridge at 14th Avenue South for many years.  Recently, the old one was closed due to disrepair.  After a lot of politics the money was raised to build a new bridge. On my walk along the river, I came upon this lovely new bridge and a well designed and informative park built under and around it.

Sights in Southpark – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 6

When I walk I often find fun things that I have to share.  This chapter is more about the town of Southpark and some quirky things found while seeking out the river bank.

Duwamish Revealed Mirror Art – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 7

In Southpark at 12th Avenue South and Elmgrove one can stumble upon this mirror cube and the illusions of the river.

Duwamish – Bridge & Steam Plant History – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 8

A bridge was built over the newly straightened Duwamish in 1914 and this Duwamish Revealed Art installation commemorates that site.  It also points out the pump house for the Georgetown Steam Plant that saved it when the river’s course was re-directed.

1st Avenue South Bridge Underskirts – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 9

Check out what the bridge looks like under the roadway and next to the Duwamish river with a 360 degree video.

Duwamish meanderings in Southpark – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 10

This post will round out my investigation of Southpark’s Duwamish River Bank by showing you some of the varied sights I encountered.  This ranges from cranes, houses, warehouses, and of course the river.  Add a few surprises in there too!

West side Duwamish 8th Avenue South and steam plant pump house – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 11

Went to the small neglected park on the west side of the Duwamish end of 8th Avenue. Photos of the pump house and gritty park where the bridge over 100 years ago crossed the river.

River View Park – under 1st Avenue South Bridge – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 12

This is the north side of the bridge where a small neglected park harbors some of our neglected citizens.

Shipping Container Yards and Cement Plant on River – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 13

Follow West Marginal Way between the forested bank and industry.  One cannot follow the river bank in this section due to the security these industrial endeavors have. (rightfully so do they protect cargo)

Crows of Shipping Container Land – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 14

Everywhere I go I meet Crow Families.  This one is making its way in a shipping container maintenance and storage yard next to the Duwamish.

Kellogg Island & old Duwamish river – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 15

The southern end of Kellogg Island which was part of Edwards Island before the river was dredged.  Also a view of the West Seattle Bridge and Seattle.

Kellogg Island – North View – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 16

More views including the West bank, north tip and how industry surrounds this last wild piece of the river.

Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and the Train – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 17

Up on the Duwamish Trail path you will see the longhouse with a Chief Seattle sign.  Then along came a train so close and loud I had to take a video of it.

Duwamish Mystery Marker – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 18

Found this little marker from 1996 when the park didn’t exist or wasn’t very developed.  It is now off the beaten path since the usable areas are to the north of it.  I challenge you to find this marker too.

Going to Sea –  Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 19

Duwamish Revealed art installation at T-107 Park.

Twin Parks – T107 & Herring’s House – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 20

Long post all about my recent visit to these two parks along the Duwamish River.  Lot to see and experience.  History, birds, boats, homeless, and THE River!

BNSF Railroad Bridge over Duwamish River – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 21

To the south of the West Seattle Bridge is this 1928 railroad bridge.  The Duwamish continues to hold history for those that seek it.

T-105 Duwamish Revealed Art Installation – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 22

Two sculptures installed during the 2015 Duwamish Revealed at the T-105 Park owned by the Port of Seattle.

Port of Seattle T-105 Park – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 23

1995 was the year the Port decided to develop this small park so the public could have access to the Duwamish River.

Video of train working along the Duwamish  – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 24

Took this little train video outside the gate of T-105.  Look for the Engineer waving back at me.

Riverside and West Seattle Bridge – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 25

Follow my meandering around this old community next to the West Seattle Bridge.

Trouble at Terminal 5 – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 26

Talk about trouble – my day around security at Terminal 5 how I had to delete a photo.

Under the West Seattle Freeway – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 27

A maze of concrete bridges and some history too.

Northern Duwamish Waterway – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 28

A look at the very north end of the Duwamish River before it flows into Elliott Bay.  A tug video shows how narrow it is.

Alki Trail Sights – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 29

Some good and some sad things around the intersection of Harbor Avenue and Spokane Street.

Port of Seattle T-5 from Park – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 30

Get some good views of the big area Terminal 5. See a few ships docked there and understand the security in place there.

Harbor Avenue Crows – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 31

The murder here at the north end of the Port of Seattle’s T-5 recognized me and we had a little play time together.

Jack Block Park – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 32

Wander around the park and see how it is a combination of green park, beach, view tower and old remnants of industry of old.

Going Rogue seeking the Duwamish – Duwamish Adventure – Chapter 33

Here I go off trail to attempt to get to the river mouth. Who will win? Me? or the Port of Seattle?

Our only River – The Duwamish – Duwamish Adventure – Final Chapter

This is the finale of My Duwamish Adventure. Enjoy a short video of the river’s mouth and how I encourage everyone to get out and walk without your technology. Enjoy the serendipity of life!

Hope you enjoy my adventure.

Check out the Green River Trail Quest series of posts.  You will find it a combination of history, nature and man-made finds that follows this trail from beginning in Seattle to south Kent.

Green River Trail Quest Directory

 

Posted in Green River Trail

Green River Trail Quest

This summer I decided to hike the Green River Trail.  Most folks bicycle along the trail but I did it all on my feet.

This is a trail easily accessible to me versus driving into the Cascades each weekend.   The beginning point is only 15 minutes away from my house.  It also was a place I am familiar with since I had lived in a small house where the Cecil Moses Park now exists.

Over the months I would drive to where I left off and then walk a couple of miles taking photos of bridges, nature, birds, the river and living in some history moments.   Then I would turn around and walk back to my car.  Some return trips I took another route or short cut but in most cases it was the same path.

This quest ended Thursday when I made it to Foster Park in Kent.  This is where the Green River Trail meets the Interurban Trail.  A beginning or an end or both. The extra meaning to this park is my maiden name is Foster so it was a special place to end the quest.

After I wrote the last blog post on my trip down the trail, I decided to better organize the postings.  I re-categorized them all under “Green River Trail” and composed this summary post with links to the major pieces.

Hope you enjoy a little meandering down the river!

Green river trail – all began

Riverton Bridge

Interstate 5, Trains and Green River

Green River Osprey Nest

Black River Survives

Briscoe Park

Eagle on Trail Moment

Kent Valley the River Flows

Country Road

Neely Homestead

Kent Eaglet

Golf & Bridges on the trail

Trail Finale

I made it to the end of the Trail - Green River meets Interurban trail
I made it to the end of the Trail – Green River meets Interurban trail

 

If you enjoyed this series of walks along the Green River Trail you might find my quest north along the Duwamish River.  Here is a link to the directory of posts.

Duwamish Adventure Directory

Duwamish Rock & Green River Trail bridge
Duwamish Rock & Green River Trail bridge
Posted in Green River Trail

Green River Trail Ends

My quest began back in May to hike the Green River Trail.   Some 50 miles of walking later I made it to where the trail meets the Interurban Trail.  Don’t forget each trip I made I walked as far as I could.  Then would turn around and walk back to my car.

In the picture above you can see both trail signs showing the way. This is either the beginning or the end of the road. For this girl it was the finish line.  In the spirit of how I have been documenting the quest let’s go back to the beginning of the day’s hike.  It started where I left off at the Meeker River Bridge and the golf course there.

River, Golf Driving Range and the trail
River, Golf Driving Range and the trail

This fence is huge that surrounds the driving range overshadowing a lovely golden tree which you can see in the center of the photo above.

Golden leaves glow from the light
Golden leaves glow from the light

This photo I took by laying on my back in the grass.  The light coupled with the form of the trees branches has the power to transport you  into fall.  Next you can see the tree as I walk away.

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Signs old and new abound along the trail.

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This section of the trail is similar to all the others.  It is a combination of paved trail and road that follows the river.  The sights I see are all serendipitous.  I am going to organize them in two groups.   They are bridges which have been a great subject this quest and pastoral views along the way.

First the pastoral views:

I have come to love the view of bridges new and old along the trail.  This last piece did not disappoint.

At Foster Park there was a great map of the Kent Park Departments piece of the river trails. They have created several routes that are round trips.  Good information if you are going to follow my quest.

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Then I had a perfect finale to my trip down the Green River Trail.  When I got into my car a small family of crows came over and gave me the “where are the peanuts?” eyeball.  Last time I was at that parking lot I fed them and they never forget a face.  Of course I fed them and here is a happy guy.

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Posted in Green River Trail

Golf, Bridges & Green River Trail

The Green River Trail winds through Kent, Washington sandwiched between the river and a large golf course.  Weeks ago I left off my walk down the trail at where the eagles raised their two babies.  Today, I walked a piece south of the nest that borders the Riverbend Golf Complex.

Signs warn the walkers and bikers to watch for errant balls and there are a few tall black fences to protect us.

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The last time I was in this area not only did I get some good shots of the eaglet but also of a baby swallow.  This time I captured this Flicker atop the fence.

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As you know from my prior posts of the trail, I am fascinated by the bridges that crisscross the river and the trail.  This area did not disappoint me.  Where Meeker Avenue crossed the river there was the old green metal car bridge and a pedestrian / golf cart bridge too.

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The salmon season was on and the river bank was lined by many fisherman.  Wonder how many really got a fish?

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I am always looking for local history and there next to the fisherman is the remnants of the original bridge’s footings.

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Next to the parking area for the trail I noticed a retired guy with a huge white beard selling found golf balls in egg cartons.  While I was down in the brush by the river to get a good river photo and yes I must confess taking a pee… I found a golf ball.  I picked it up and when I came back by gave it to him

He proceeded to tell me that he couldn’t sell it do to a ding in it.  However, he saves the ones he finds that are flawed and donate them to the golf course.  They in turn give them to kids who are learning to play.  Then I found out that all the sales he makes he gives to his neighbor’s daughter.  They are not so well off and that is used to buy her school supplies and other things she needs.   This conversation made my day.

I leave you with my favorite photo of the day.  It is the car bridge mirrored in the Green River.  Hope everyone is inspired to get out and enjoy the world!

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