More Bikes than Cars

May 28th, 2018 – Safeway Route.

Today is Memorial Day and the vehicle traffic was extremely light.  It is also the day of the 7 Hills of Kirkland bicycle ride.  We saw a lot more bicycles than cars and almost every bicycler waved and said good morning, and a few thanked us.

Even though the ride is called the 7 Hills of Kirkland, Norway Hill is in Bothell and Winery Hill is in Woodinville, so the ride is misnamed.  We found two bristles, a tire weight and flung a roadkill rat off of 145th.

Very light traffic.20180528-1


Lots of bicycles on Norway Hill.20180528-3

May 29th, 2018 – Park and Ride Route.

We got out of the house early at about 5:10 am  so when we reached the bus stop, the buses had not yet picked up the riders.  We skipped the actual bus stop which made our walk shorter and reached home about 7:00 am.  We waved at Salinas Construction and got a honk from Mr. Handyman.  This was a relatively heavy trash day for this route with several cans and bottles.

We found one bristle and some discarded, stolen mail strewn along Juanita Woodinville Way.  I came across a squirrel that was straddling the white fog line on 145th.  Janet and I had a discussion as to whether this qualified as a roadkill fling since it was not wholly in the road.  I decided it did since most of it was across the line.

These may be Janet’s goslings.


However, there were only three of them outside of their fence and without parents.

Found an unopened energy drink.


I guess the guy had enough energy to throw it out the window.



May 30, 2018 – Safeway Route.

This was a nice morning with a bit of rain overnight.  We saw our three regular horn honkers plus a random headlight blinker.  Janet flung a rabbit, at least most of it.  She is getting into this flinging thing.  Janet’s goslings were back with mom, but on the other side of the street.


Only three young ones, no sign of the fourth.  We also found an unopened can of tuna.


This will go nicely with our energy drink from yesterday and the beer from last week.


Now we know why this little fellow is so happy.

This started out to be a fairly light trash day.  Then we turned the corner up Norway Hill.


Bothell mowed and uncovered all sorts of treasures, mostly shredded.

Basketball vs. Mower.


The basketball lost.  We found another knit cap at the at the Tolt Pipeline.

However, this time there were no Victoria’s Secret undies inside.  But how could there be?  Its Mickey Mouse for goodness sakes.


May 31, 2018 – Park and Ride Route.

Today we found that Bothell had mowed 112th and Juanita-Woodinville Way making for a longer than usual walk.  We found several cans and bottles that were hiding in the weeds and harvested 3 mowed-over signs.  Also found a pair of rusty scissors.

We got waves from Mr. Handyman and MM Mechanical.  While we were crossing Juanita-Woodinville Way at the freeway, a bus driver who was stopped at the light honked and waved at us.  Also, on the way down the hill, a woman stopped and thanked us for keeping the hill clean.

Janet’s goslings were outside the fence, but quickly scurried back to mom when she approached.


“Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!”


June 1, 2018 – Safeway Route.

Good walk today with fairly light traffic and trash.  Waved to Salinas Construction and got several waves and thumbs-up from random vehicles.

And then there were two.


Janet’s goslings are down to two.  One was flattened in the middle of 112th.  I gave it a respectful fling.

At the Safeway bus stop, a lady picked up a paper bag, wadded it up and gave it to Janet.

20180601-5Later, Janet criticized her for wadding the bag up rather than folding it so it didn’t take up so much room in her recycle bag. Amateurs!

We found $30 (new) Smart Relief Tense Therapy device stuck to a Jack-in-the-box bag.


The bag looked very relaxed.

Contest of the week:20180601-3Which is the McDonalds cheeseburger wrapper, and which is the McLeaf?


We rerecycled a recycled frisbee.


June 2nd, 2018 – Riverside Drive.

Today was a good day to walk, but a bad day for trash.  Bothell mowed Riverside Drive and uncovered a plethora of trash.  We came back with our normal two recycle bags and two garbage bags full of trash.  Then went back with the car to pick up the three large, white plastic bags of trash we filled and left during the walk.  We were out three and a half hours.  We also checked on the geese, but there was no sign of either mom or the goslings, but we were later than our weekday walks.

Bad fisherman at the Bothell Bridge.



Line, hook and bait hanging from the telephone wires.

Here’s looking at you.


Wine Bottle Bowling.  Only nine bottles, so no strike possible.


The mower uncovered more large wine bottles at the same area we found the others.  This must have been a variety pack, four different brands.

Thanos the Mower has been through these worlds.


Another piece to the puzzle.


We just need to figure out what puzzle we are trying to solve.  We have so many.

Keep your cup stack sorted.


When we started walking, we would crush the cups and put them in the recycle bag.  Unlike cans though, they tend to try to expand to their original shape.  We found it is better to place the cups together in a stack, but we need to keep them sorted.

Finally, on a sad note, Chuck’s recycle bag has finally reached its end-of-life.  It is a heavy-duty shopping bag that we found, and it has been in loyal use for about six months averaging 6 walks per week.  We had a brief, solemn ceremony.


Oh, well.  Off to the Dollar Store for another.






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