My younger daughter lives in the Seattle area. I decided to spend a week here so I could explore the city and the area a bit since I haven’t spent much time here before. She gave me a card for public transportation so with the help of Google maps and directions, I have been out and about while she and her husband were at work. Except for one unplanned excursion to Tacoma (where I met interesting people on the bus and had fun), I have managed to get where I wanted to go.
It is fun to photograph city scenes, something I don’t usually do. I ordered a small camera which unfortunately didn’t get shipped out in a timely manner so my iPad has been my camera. It takes decent enough photos to keep me entertained for a while though, so I have lots of photos to sort through and share.
First day, take the bus into the city, get turned around, and cross over the highway a couple times. It was a beautiful day and the sun felt great though.
Success! I found REI. I needed a couple bike accessories and a pair of lightweight travel pants. It is hard for me to find clothes in Panama since I am bigger than most Panamanians but I found just what I wanted here.
Next plan, find Goodwill for some t-shirts to wear around the house. The final destination of the bus and the stop I needed are not the same thing so I was surprised when the bus got on the highway and drove us all to Tacoma! There were some fantastic view of Mt Rainer though, and when my seat neighbor saw me taking photos she realized I was a visitor. We had a great conversation all the way to the airport where I knew how to catch the light rail and another bus home.
The next day my plan was to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island. This took me downtown to an area with a lot of buildings that were fun to photograph. Again, the weather was gorgeous. (Photos of Bainbridge will be another post)
Steps along a really steep street
The buildings looked beautiful in the sun against the clear blue sky
I stopped because the flowers caught my eye, but I also caught a snapshot of life these days. Everyone, everywhere is constantly on their phones.
Elizabeth told me she saw a program on the apartment that is in the top of this tower. Apparently a woman has a really cool home up there.
I sopped on this corner and got sprinkled with water. When I looked up I realized it was from the window washers up there. There was enough water coming down they must have had a hose or something.
Yep, more buildings
We came back from another excursion and saw these guys climbing up to the top of the bridge. Sure enough, they all jumped off and into the water a short time later.
This duck boat passed us with music, and people hollering and waving. It looked like party central!
I think it is required to take at least one photo of the Space Needle while in Seattle. I couldn’t pass up this pretty view.
Elizabeth had heard about a sculpture garden near the waterfront and wanted to check it out. We arrived as the sun was getting lower in the sky and the views were fantastic.
I really like this unusual fountain. The child is reaching for someone who is almost totally hidden in the water.
As we headed back to the car, a train came through town and the traffic had to wait.
The end to another perfect day. As we headed home the mountain was “out”.
These photos were taken over a few days. There will be more coming about specific activities in the days while I have been here. Seattle in the summer is a fantastic place with a lot of both natural and made made beauty, and a lot of things to do.
If you want to know more about the sculpture garden, google “Olympic Sculpture Park”. It is a part of the Seattle Art Museum.
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