We’re back! John and I decided to use our holiday vacation to travel to Seattle over the Thanksgiving weekend… and it was absolutely amazing!
For our first day in Seattle, we decided to go to Mt. Rainier National Park. Not surprisingly (considering it is pretty typical November Seattle weather), it was raining. The fog, mist, and drizzling rain was so thick that we were unable to see the mountain despite being on it! Aside from actually seeing Mt. Rainier, the national park has absolutely beautiful waterfalls and a very old (and very, very green) forest ecosystem. The ground was seriously spongy from all of the moisture that occurs year-round!
The rain turned into snow the farther that we drove up the mountain, and eventually there were several feet of snow - this was a very fun and festive surprise considering the weather at home was a high of 84, ha! Considering all of the fog and thickness of air, it is really no surprise that the Cullens decided to live in Washington (I may or may not have watched Twilight to pregame for our trip… hardcore, I know).
Our second day in Seattle was spent at the most glorious place on earth… Pike Place Market. Seriously, I can’t even – It was uh-mazing! I knew I would have a great time and swoon over everything, but that wasn’t even the start of it. The produce is the most amazing and vibrant colors you could ever imagine – and everything is perfectly ripe! The flowers are incredible… massive bouquets for $10!! I swear, if I lived there, I would be the biggest flower hoarder ever. I’m talking large centerpieces on any free counter space – so beautiful I wouldn’t be able to resist.
And the seafood – the vendors all pass out samples of fresh smoked salmon… and let me tell you, I’m not into salmon. Salmon (similar to scrambled eggs), is one of those foods that everyone says “well you haven’t had my salmon” – but no, I don’t like any salmon… yours, your mom’s, Ina’s – I don’t care, it’s just not for me. BUTTTTT this salmon is amazing. Aside from salmon, I love seafood, so all of the fresh fish on ice didn’t freak me out (which is good, because they are everywhere)… we definitely had our fair share of seafood this trip! Dungeness crab is a must try!
And cheese!! John and I love cheese (like a lot), so we made sure to taste test and buy our fair share. And honey and jams and cherries… so much goodness!
Seriously, Pike Place Market is a little slice of heaven on earth – I can’t stop swooning! And also wonderful is the original Starbucks. Technically, there is nothing super special about this Starbucks (other than the ridiculously long line), but I just couldn’t pass up a holiday drink at the original location. Amirite?
We enjoyed a beer and a cider at Pike Place Brewing Company, and as if we weren’t wet enough from walking around in the constant mist of rain, we decided to go on a harbor boat tour. The tour took us through Elliott Bay and the surrounding coastal areas. It was a bit chilly, but definitely worth the views for only an hour or two.