We needed to get out this weekend. We tossed around ideas and decided to go to the Ballard Locks. Maybe if we were lucky there would be a few items in bloom in the garden.
The rain drops started about 15 minutes after we arrived. G ran to the car for our rain jackets. We managed to find some items in bloom to help remind us that Spring is not far away. We also saw a large group of herons landing on the trees across from the Locks and realized there was a heron rookery. We strolled over to check out the birds. We also saw a cool kingfisher darting from the railing into the water.
We needed a place to warm up so we headed to the Barking Dog Alehouse in East Ballard. Great place. G had an Workhorse IPA from Laurelwood in Portland. I had an ESB from Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham. Both were very tasty but we liked the IPA best. We also had a late lunch. I had a tasty chicken sandwich on a hoagy roll with a nice slice of bacon. George had a good crab cake sandwich. It is located just off 8th NW on 70th. We're definitely going back.