Snohomish County

Snohomish County

The third most populous county in Washington, bounded by Puget Sound to the west, the Cascade mountains to the east, King County (home to Seattle) to the south and Skagit county to the north, we offer a unique lifestyle. Mostly suburban communities, we maintain a close connection to Seattle, yet are distinctly different. Many people in the south end of the county commute into Seattle or the East Side. There are plenty of folks, though, who get to work here and live sans commute. 

Snohomish County's main communities consist of Everett (the larges city and county seat), Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell and Woodinville to the south (Bothell and Woodinville actually are part of both King and Snohomish counties), Stanwood, Arlington and Marysville to the north and Granite Falls, Darrington, and the Highway 2 communities like Sultan and Index to the east. Oh, and there are plenty of other communities along the way. 

Though we share a lot of cultural commonalities with the Seattle area, there are very distinct sub-cultures within each community. And even adjoining communities (like Edmonds and Lynnwood) actually have some significant differences. I seek to understand them all. 

Posts Featuring Snohomish County

A Few Photos From My Evening Walk

Last night I was able to head down to one of my favorite spots, period, the Edmonds waterfront. Spectacular sunset, with a lot of adoring, camera toting fans.  Noticed a bit of construction going on along Sunset Ave. Several more of the older homes there were torn down, including the foundation. Significant rebuilds.

On an odd side note, saw a coyote on Olympic View Drive in the middle of Perrinville Woods. I found that quite exciting.

Anyway, click on the image below to be taken to my Flickr album.


Along the Edmonds Waterfront 8-29-17

A Lovely Afternoon Along The Edmonds Waterfront

Along the Edmonds guest dock

My wife and I spent the afternoon in one of our favorite places, the waterfront in Edmonds. Ran into many friends, had a quick lunch, popped into the ranger station at Olympic Beach. Fyi, there’s a touch there that’s stocked with local wildlife. A great place to getvsine insights into our marine life. One of their volunteers, Ryan, hosts a podcast: Aquacast; go check him out!

Also made it up to the library. Lots of good flowers along the way. Lots blooming right now.

I adore this region so much. Makes my heart soar.

Through The Day Then Into The Night

A pretty standard day any more. Worked all day, mostly drafting a site plan, but some other work, too. The most amusing was driving to one of our new listings. The property has been framed, but is still under construction. As it’s listed, we wanted to hang a keybox on the property, so other agents can show. We’ll, got the keybox, inserted keys, drove it out to Snohomish from Marysville, and then noticed there are no doors on the property yet. Nothing to hang the keybox to. Sigh… Anyway, I also followed up with a few folks, sent a gob of emails. After dropping off some drawings, etc, at a client’s house, I zipped home.

Now, in a couple of minutes, I’m heading off to a board meeting for the Snohomish County Youth Chorus. As my son sings in it, and the director is a long-time friend of mine, I’m quite committed to the org. It’s a fun group, the parents enjoy each other’s company, and the kids have fun. Oh, they sing and stuff!

Anyway, off on to the next appointment!

Edmonds Area Podcast: AquaCast

I met the “Bald Fish Guy“, aka Ryan at the Visitor Station at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach during a recent visit. He’s a docent there, and knows his Puget Sound marine life. So I found it fantastic to talk with him.

He hosts a podcast, Aquacast, focusing on Puget Sound marine life, systems and the eco-system we live in. Sadly, he has only sporadically posted, and it’s been quite some time since his last update, but I find the casts interesting and well researched. And, even the ones a few years old, still relevant and, thus, worthwhile listening. I’m working my way through his library and will keep on digging through them.

Of particular note is his post about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. Though most of my life has been spent along these shores, I’d not heard of this. His intro to this is a good start into understanding this disease impacting many different species of our region’s sea stars. {UC Santa Clara’s website on this is a great resource for learning more}.

I hope Ryan is able to get more podcasts up. In the meantime, I’ll make my way through what’s there. And, dear friends, I recommend you do the same.



Along Marysville’s Ebey Waterfront Trail

This afternoon I was able to break away from my desk and walk the nearby Ebey Waterfront Trail here in Marysville. It’s really nice trail, just off the river. Many opportunities for wildlife sightings (especially if you like birds)…I saw two bald eagles, a couple of herons and some other eagles, but they too far away to tell if they were juvenile balds, or goldens or something else.

Some photos from my walk are below, plus a video of the eagles. Though quite warm by western Washington standards, I found it a lovely walk and sunny, cloudless afternoon. Plus, I managed to finish my step goal for the day. A recipe for success, methinks.

A fine day on the shore 

Late morning my wife and I made our way down to our favorite beach in Edmonds. It was an exceptionally low tide, which is always a delight to explore. These tides expose much that’s hidden, leaving amazing creatures in the tide pools. Below are just a few examples of all that was there. 

The view of Edmonds’ Brackett’s Landing at low tide

Normally, where all the seaweed is on the sand is below water. Rather deep water. 

I’m pretty sure this is a sea spong

An ochre star amidst the rocks at the jetty

Gobs of sea cucumbers

Grays Moon Snail egg casing

The first time we saw these, I thought they were some kind of gasket. 

Loved this kelp crab. 

I’ve never seen a crab crawl into a piling. 

And the evening ends

Opportunities and All That

I’ve had two conversations today that have me thinking about the area’s economic opportunities.

  1. Seeing the potential from storage rental facilities, with RV spaces in particular. I know a builder who had nearly 100% occupancy shortly after pre-sales started. Complete hearsay, but I still trust it. Well, enough to be willing to do further research.
  2. Storefronts in the City of Everett. Now, after some brief research, looks like commercial real estate vacancies are down. Yet, while walking along Colby a week or so ago, there’s quite a bit of storefront space vacant. I think Everett has a lot of potential, and that it will materialize at some point. I’d like to see a more vigorous effort to promote the downtown of the city. Especially as an alternative to Seattle. But, that’s just my notion.

Anyway, there are other potentials out there. What are you seeing?

Memorial Day, 2017

An amazing weekend. First, perfect weather. Which seems to turn off tomorrow. Giving a more divine feeling to the holiday weekend. Also, though we had plenty of activity, we were able to get quite a bit done around the house. 

Saturday and Sunday were filled with concert preparation and performance in my church, Trinity Lutheran Church by the Snohomish County Youth Chorus. Not only was my son singing, but I ran a PowerPoint and helped with sound. 

We did manage to squeeze in a trip to the Edmonds Farmers Market, and a couple of walks in. Met my Fit bit step goals every day. 

Today was mostly home centric. Finished cleaning out the garage, more cleaning around the house, that sort of thing. Then we wandered down around Edmonds beaches, enjoying the low tide. It never ceases to delight me how opened up the beach becomes. We can walk around the jetty, and under the ferry dock. 

Watching these clams (I presume) feeding through their siphons delighted me. 

Journeying up the hill to Revelations Froyo is a must on warm-to-hot days in Edmonds. Other days, too, but it’s especially welcome in the heat. 

Then we ended with the first salmon of the year. Just splendid! 

I hope your Memorial Day was reflective and refreshing. Of course, tomorrow we’re back into it. 

With the Summer Weather, Please Watch For Motorcycles

A few days ago, while driving down Everett’s Broadway, I saw a car on the side with a large dent. With it, a motorcycle, parts scattered, and, fortunately, the driver standing beside. 

So, my friends, please be cautious, check blind spots and all that. Motorcycles are out, and forget how to share the roads during winter’s dank darkness.