The last “new” city Tyler and I visited was Seattle, Washington. Tyler had actually been to Seattle before for a couple of frisbee tournaments, but this was my first trip. We stayed with Tyler’s co-JA (see Williams College), Laura, while we were there. Both of us were very excited. The last time we’d seen Laura was when she was moving out to Seattle with her then boyfriend, now fiancé, Luke, two years ago. Congratulations you two!
From Hurricane Ridge, the drive was about three hours. We also had to take a ferry to cross the Puget Sound to actually get to Seattle, which was very cool. The ride was only about ten dollars (for Tyler, me and the car) and thirty minutes long. It provided a fabulous view of the Seattle skyline and was a great introduction to the city.
Driving off of the ferry was another matter though. I quickly discovered that downtown Seattle is all steep hills, making driving (rather starting and stopping on every other hill) quite the nerve-wracking experience. Thankfully, I navigated up and down the hills without incident and we arrived at Laura and Luke’s house soon after.
Laura and Luke lived in a really cute house that had actually previously been a houseboat! There was an awesome row of windows on the front facade letting in lots of wonderful light, and the kitchen was so cute, sporting butcher block counters, dark gray lower cabinets, and metal open-air shelving hanging from the ceiling.
Our first night in Seattle, we ate dinner at one of Luke and Laura’s favorite spots, Bing’s. The food was delicious, especially the cookie skillet Tyler and I shared for dessert!
The next day, our only one in the city, was spent exploring downtown Seattle, in particular Pike’s Place market. The market was fun to explore as we got to check out tons of produce, flowers, and delicious treats. In honor or my mother and sisters, I picked up a cheesecake popsicle from The Confectional. (Tyler: I am sure you ONLY got it to honor your family!)
The visit made me long for the farmers’ markets back home in Massachusetts while simultaneously making me think of how I would definitely visit the market on a weekly basis if I lived in Seattle.
Even with the treacherous hills, we pretty much loved everything we saw. If only Seattle were more affordable! Wahhh…wahh…wahhhhhhhhh