American Journeys: A Quirky Seattle That Won’t Blend In (Vladimir Lenin, Hattie’s Hat, and the Fremont Rocket Ship.)

Read about my latest adventure in the New York Times Escapes section.

I had a big time up in Seattle earlier this fall. I especially loved the neighborhoods of Ballard and Fremont. Ballard has a maritime theme, and Fremont looks like a psychedelic fever dream. (although I am not saying that from direct experience.)Click here for a Ballard/Fremont mini slide show.

By the way, I mentioned a seven-ton statue of Mr. Vladimir Lenin that was erected some years back right in the middle of Fremont. While in Seattle, I heard that the statue is on sale for approximately $250 K. Try to imagine how this might look in your front lawn. It’s a lot more original than pink flamingos.
This is not the first time I’ve seen a controversial piece of public art or signage go up for sale. A few years back, while at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, I wrote about an attempt to auction off the city’s kooky, oversized “WELCOME TO RIVER STREET” sign, known to Santa Cruzans as “Signzilla.” However, no one bit, and the sign is still there.

Stay tuned for more ‘urban hiking’ adventures. I’ve got another one coming up this winter.

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