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Visiting the Locks

Sneak view of the Ballard Locks... The locks are still operating, but the gardens is not.

Sneak view of the Ballard Locks… The locks are still operating, but the gardens is not.

Unfortunately we got to PNW just after the right season (summer to early fall) for visiting the Locks. .. and besides that, we were there on the day that the Locks’ park was closed due to federal workers furlough… Of course we didn’t know ahead of time… and so too many people who were there. Well, this is the only picture that I could get of the locks.

This colourful hut attracted us to find out what it is.

This colourful hut attracted us to find out what it is.

So what do we do after driving for 30 mins from Federal Way to Ballards and walking another 20 mins from the free parking area to the Locks? Well, time for lunch eh.. 🙂

At 1st, we were looking for fish and chips. .. We think there must be a great fish and chip wherever there is a fishing port, and this is it right… But we didn’t want to eat in just any restaurant and pay exorbitant prices for a simple street food. … Then we stumble upon this colourful building. We decided to check it out… and what a pleasant surprise.

Inside the Totem Mill house. The plastic chairs seem out of place.

Inside the Totem Mill house. The plastic chairs seem out of place.

I dunno what this is, but I will call it a Indian hut. Love the Totem pole, made the building stand out from its surroundings. … and in it is a boutique burger diner. Best fishwich we ever had! And I like my bacon and beef burger too! At least something, so our day at the Ballard Locks wasn’t all wasted.

My very good bacon burger...

My very good bacon burger…

Plus we stopped by at the Ballard Smoke shop looking for a friend of Erja’s, but she works the night shift on weekends. So we got a drink and was soon gone back for a afternoon nap. Short exploration day.

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