View of Mount Ranier from our plane
**This is a photo heavy post, so I'm warning you up front**
Finally - a recap of our recent trip to Seattle.
First night - We flew direct from Cleveland to Seattle. The view coming in was just beautiful. It was completely clear and you could see Mount Ranier perfectly. I had just bought a zoom lens for the trip and whipped it out on the plane to get the above picture. I snapped a bunch of other photos with my phone. We got in around 7 pm PST. After a little snafu with Rob "forgetting" Laila's backpack at the car rental place (it was still there!), we drove about 20 minutes to our hotel, SpringHill Suites by Marriott in the South Lake Union area. Rob had a bunch of Mariott gift cards to use. It was a pretty good hotel in a great location with a free hot breakfast. The rooms were a good size too. That first night we were pretty tired but decided to walk a few blocks to a Mexican restaurant. I felt very safe walking in the evening. I snapped a few pictures on my phone of the sunset on the buildings. There is a ton of construction in Seattle right now.
Laila was able to visit the cockpit on our incoming flight
More views from our flight
Sunset on the buildings walking home from dinner
More from our walk home from dinner the first night
Jacob actually wanted to sit with me on the tour
The Duck Boat home base is right across the street from the Space Needle
Photos from the Duck Boat tour:
On Lake Union:
Up on the Space Needle:
At the Sounders FC game
Day 3: We tried to sleep in but it was a bit hard with the time difference (3 hours). We ended up taking a drive to Discovery Park and took a hike. I was very proud of the kids. It was about 3.5 miles round trip and had a few steep parts. The trail started in woods, went through a meadow, along Magnolia Bluff above Puget Sound, and down to a beach with a light house. The weather was pretty hot, but it wasn't very humid which I think makes a huge difference. After a quick nap back at the hotel, we took a ride to Alki Beach for dinner. We could not find a parking spot to save our lives. I think the gorgeous weather brought everyone out to the beach. So, we headed back to Seattle but stopped off in West Seattle taking a chance on a restaurant called the Copper Coin. We lucked out. The local beer and food was really good and the service was outstanding!
Day 4: We drove up to Everett to take a tour of the Boeing factory. Wow! Very impressive. Unfortunately you can't take any pictures in the factory. I was able to get a picture of a test flight of a finished plane. On our way back, I was able to shop at a Nordstrom and bought a very cute pair of brown Frye boots. I can't wait for fall just so I can wear my new boots. To top off our last night, we walked over to Pike's Place Market. It was kind of neat because we were walking with the commuter crowd. Seattle has such cool people. I did have a bird poop right on my head and drip down onto my new shirt that I had picked up that day from the J. Crew sale. Jacob and I were waiting outside of Walgreen's while Rob went in to get Jacob some cold medicine. I should have known not to lean against the building as the birds had left plenty of warnings. I made Rob march right back into Walgreens and buy baby wipes. Ick! We ended up eating at the Yard House. I know it's not very "Seattle" but it was one of our favorite restaurants when we were living in Florida and I love their Korean tacos.
Right before the bird bomb
And our car rental! Something seriously crawled up in it somewhere and died. It smelled like really bad dog breath. I know we could have exchanged it for another car, but we didn't want to drive back to the airport and waste precious time. We just drove around everywhere with the windows down. It was bad though!
All in all, this was one of my favorite vacations ever. I can't wait to head back to the Pacific Northwest.
And a quick shout out to Gina from The Daily Express. She previously lived in Seattle and sent me a list of suggestions for our trip. Thanks, Gina!
And Happy Birthday, Mom!!
Thanks for reading!