Enjoy an Afternoon or an Hour at the Ballard Locks

It’s so easy to get to the Ballard Locks (also known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks after the Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District Engineer that was in charge of the Ship Canal project as well as many other notable projects across the Western United States including Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks), just continue west down NW Market Street in Ballard.  If you can avoid stopping at all the tempting shops and restaurants, you will soon come to a group of businesses that take up more room and inhabit old warehouses spaces, including a well known Seattle spa called Habitude, and Stone Gardens, a local rock climbing gym.  Just past these on the left, after the Lockspot Cafe (very well reviewed all over the local websites, in fact one satisfied diner claims to come all the way from England to eat there now and then), is the entrance to the park and working location of the Ballard Locks.

When the salmon are running perhaps the major attraction is the fish ladders and salmon underwater viewing pavilion.  Even last weekend when we were there we saw some fingerlings swimming down from the rivers where they are hatched, and stay between several months and two years before making their way to the ocean for the next and longest part of their life cycle.  But at the moment, other than the gardens and spring flowers here and there, the most exciting part of the visit has got to be the big lock.  There is a small one too, which fills up quite fast and small boats actually line up to pass through, but the big one takes a lot longer and is for quite large vessels.  My son was fascinated with this and refused to leave the side of the lock until it had completely filled up and the ship safely passed through to the ship canal on it’s way to Lake Union or even maybe to Lake Washington beyond (passing under the I-5 bridge and past the University of Washington to get there).  There were quite a few visitors from all over come to see this Seattle legend.

The other well represented group were stylishly appointed bike riders with high end bikes.  We interviewed one of these gentlemen and learned that he was commuting from downtown Seattle up to his home in the north end of Ballard.  If you come up through the city and go through Magnolia, then you cut over across the bridge to Ballard and proceed on.  It is possible to go all the way, on the Burke Gillman Trail, to the north end of Lake Washington then around the lake and down the Eastside as far as Issaquah.  Talk about intrepid!  We also learned that this is National Bike Month.

Coming back from these adventures we were delighted to meet three Canada geese on the lawns, seemingly they had stopped for a rest and a snack of insects before continuing their journey northwards.



About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at SeattlePowerSearch.com, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the process...now Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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