Our journey around the US continues, and we are currently in Seattle with my younger daughter Elizabeth and her husband Drew. She just moved here in June so this is our first visit to this area. It’s so beautiful and we’re having a great time. I tried to cull through the photos to just show a few of the highlights, but of course being an active city in a beautiful area, I could fill volumes 😉
We left Santa Rosa in this little plane. I can’t remember the last time I’ve flown on a plane with propellers! It got us there fine though, and it was interesting watching the wheels outside the window leave the pavement on takeoff. Notice also that there were steps for boarding in both the front and the rear, so boarding was really fast and easy.
We went to Seattle by way of Los Angeles (I know, crazy!) But LAX is interesting – very active with planes from all over the world. And, they did get us to Seattle without a problem.
The next day we took the bus into downtown Seattle. The buses are great and as they get into the city they go underground in this very attractive area for buses and the light rail. So, here’s the family looking like tourists getting a photo taken at the bus stop!
Our first stop was a Chihuly glass exhibit at the base of the Space Needle. It was gorgeous!
One could spend a lot of time at the Chihuly exhibit with a camera! I took quite a few photos myself. There was also an outdoor area with glass among the plants chosen so their colors complimented the glass.
In the “Glass House” if you stand in the right spot you can see the Space Needle behind the glass.
After the exhibit we stopped for some Greek food. This huge limo was out front when we left. You can see what nice weather we were having.
Next we went to the Pike Place market. A wedding party was out front taking photos.
There were many street musicians at the market. This one was especially imaginative – playing harmonica and playing the guitar balanced on his nose while twirling a hula hoop!
Farther inside the market it was less crowded so you could move around more easily. There were tons of shops selling all sorts of interesting things. The flowers were especially beautiful.
The very first Starbucks is in the market area.
Drew works at Redfin in that building. He says he can see the water and the Space Needle from his office.
Next we went to Bellevue to see Elizabeth’s work area. I don’t know if she wants me to post her photo under the Microsoft sign, but I took quite a few photos of the beautiful buildings in the area. Here she is with her husband walking up to the lovely courtyard in front of her office building.
Later we went to a mall where Joel heard there was a Tesla store. The place was full of people! We’re not buying this $69K car, but they said they are coming out with a $35K model in three years. If I was in the US though and could afford it, I would definitely have my eye on a Tesla!
On Sunday we drove to some new areas so we could all explore a bit. This was a beautiful park overlooking the water and the city, a perfect photo op. I like this photo of Drew and Elizabeth looking at their own photos.
Elizabeth took this photo of us with the city in the background. We also enjoyed the neighborhood with its beautiful older homes.
Later we went to Alki beach a bit south of Seattle. The beach and the water beyond were so pretty. It was another beautiful day, warm and sunny. We also enjoyed driving through the neighborhoods on our way.
On the way back through the city we drove by the shipping area. There seemed to be huge areas full of containers stacked everywhere!
We finished the day on Mercer Island where Elizabeth and Drew live. It’s a beautiful, large island with a lot of really nice homes. The road around the island is a very popular biking trail. Before we went home we stopped for a walk in the woods in a park in the center of the island.
I really like the Seattle area. There’s a lot of interesting things going on and it’s really beautiful. There seem to be colorful flowers growing everywhere too. Best of all, my daughter and son in law say they are enjoying it, and the transition has gone very well for them. I’ll definitely be happy to come back here on future visits!
Our next stop is Alaska. We’re getting on the cruise ship tomorrow and will be gone for a week. There is internet on the ship but it’s a bit expensive, so I will probably be out of touch until we return to Seattle. When I return though, I’m sure there will be lots of news and photos. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to see Alaska so I’m really excited!