Travel Chronicles-Part Three

In a nutshell, Seattle is the most accommodating city I’ve every visited. The traffic isn’t bad, the summer weather is mild, the layout is intuitive, the people are disarming and the sea food is mouthwatering. We walked from the space needle, to the aquarium, to the market, to the library, to the museum of history and industry, with relative ease. No one ever pan-handled. No one ever hustled. We never got lost, or too hot, or too bug bitten. The whole Seattle experience epitomized what it is to be pleasant.

Come to think of it, maybe it was too pleasant, eerily so, the stuff of a hipster’s version of Pleasantville. During our 48-hour stay we encountered an epic zombie apocalypse in the city center featuring hundreds of face-painted walking dead enthusiasts, an international beer festival, a 13-hour “Nic Till You’re Sick” Nicolas Cage marathon, and a wooden boat festival, at which we bought matching “Center for Wooden Boats T-shirts”, so we’ve got that going for us.

But even the rowdy stuff wasn’t really rowdy. We walked to a dive bar to get a sip of local attitude, and were met by a city softball team celebrating a victory with a pint, you know, the stuff of Cheers.

There’s more on which to mediate—the view of Puget Sound from our century old b&b; the marvelous way succulents grow like anemones from retaining walls; the unfairly cute manner in which otters eat clams off their tummies. Yes, Seattle was damn near perfect with its sense of humor, slight edginess, easy-going culture and breathtaking surroundings.

Imagine my dismay when I heard that one day, Mt. Rainier is likely to blow the whole place to bits.

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Pike Place Market

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At the market

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The Seattle Public Library

Library madness

Enchanted

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Rainier beer keeping it real

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Our Seattle Digs, a 100-year-old house in Lower Queen Anne

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The Wooden Boat Festival

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Obligatory Space Needle picture, made more interesting by the power of photoshop.

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Gardens on the campus of the University of Washington

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Riding the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds

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The original

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Siff Cinema

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The Tap Room


13 Comments on “Travel Chronicles-Part Three”

  1. Joy says:

    Thank you for feeding my vicarious vacation appetite. I love Seattle as well.

  2. kmom says:

    So happy the Seattle experience was ideal. Your post brings back memories, albeit with panhandlers and a rain cloud or two. The Rainier proximity certainly is a dark, stark factor, but hard to consider when so much perfection abounds.

  3. Leah S says:

    Looks and sounds like a great time! I’ve never been to Seattle, but now I have reason to plan a trip there in the future. Hopefully before the Mt Ranier and the Zombie Apocalypse decimate it.

  4. Sarah Ann says:

    Always wanted to go to Seattle. Now you’ve got me thinking of moving there!!

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  6. Thanks for the great post on Seattle. It is on my list of “must go to” cities. Did you have any favorite restaurants you would suggest?

    • Definitely go to Pike Place Market. We picked up a crab cocktail– a little cup of crab with cocktail sauce–that we nibbled on while we walked around the city. It was a great way to enjoy something fresh and authentic without spending an arm and a leg.

  7. twainausten says:

    Ahh, the memories of Seattle! Love that place. Enjoyed every moment with our four kiddos two falls ago…looks like it might be simpler just two of us. Have you tried Bainbridge Island…easy to take the ferry, and there are enough roadside wild blackberries to make a cobbler free every night.

  8. jaxyeary says:

    I recently started blogging and WordPress recommended you as someone I might like. I clicked over to take a look and this was the first thing I saw. As someone who’s always wanted to move to Seattle, consider me hooked! Your blog seems super fantastic- can’t wait to read more!


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