Travel Adventures: Seattle

Seattle: Rain, Some Lovely Sights, and More Rain ☔

I’m a California girl, through and through. I love the sunshine! So I was out of my element when I visited Seattle, Washington with my mom back in 2010. There was so much rain! Rain all of the time. Never ending rain. But I got some good photos, explored some fun, unique, and beautiful sights, and was graced with about two hours of glorious sunshine for the whole trip, so it all worked out.

DSCN4889As we approached Washington, I looked out the window of the plane and saw this impressive sight. It’s a view of some of Mt. Rainier above the cloud cover. Two of my favorite bands, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters, started up in Seattle. So did Starbucks, REI, Amazon, and a bunch of other cool companies, musicians, and gadgets that you can read about here.

DSCN4896The Pike Place Market is incredible! There are stalls with tons and tons of beautiful flowers, stalls where the fish mongers throw the fish from barrel to ice, or ice to customer, stalls selling homemade crafts such as soaps, candles, and jewelry, stalls with cheeses and wine and fresh baked bread… Places like this are awesome because they make shopping so much more fresh, local, and personal. If you’re interested, here’s a short video (not mine) of them tossing around a fish.

DSCN4909Apparently, Seattle’s Gum Wall is a sort of “hidden tourist attraction.” It’s both unique and disgusting, and it makes me wonder who starts things like that. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, I guess. Or in this case, one person’s used gum is another person’s sight-seeing spot.

Photo0346Here I am admiring the skyline of Seattle from the viewing decks on top of the Space Needle. What a breathtaking view from way up there! Most of us spend our entire life on the ground, with buildings looming up into the skies around us. If we’re lucky, we’re able to see cities and our surroundings from a whole different perspective when we visit extraordinary places like this.

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This is a view from the ground looking up at the Space Needle, but it didn’t all fit in the photo.

DSCN4921This is the interior of the Seattle Public Library. This place was definitely on my list of places to see because it combines two of my favorite things: interesting architectural design and books! It was raining when we were inside (no surprise), and it was mesmerizing to watch the rain fall on the glass of all these windows.

DSCN5001I cannot get enough of amazing architecture, especially structures such as this awesome bridge! This is Deception Pass Bridge in Washington. Take a look at how all of the pylons, buttressing, pillars, triangles, and the arch create an amazing sort of web of metal and strength. Architects and engineers have my respect.

DSCN5008Here’s some beautiful wilderness in Washington, as well as a bit of sunshine! I don’t remember  where in Washington this is exactly, sorry. The book nerd in me wants to say it’s maybe where the Quileute tribe roams around (à la the Twilight Series). But really, it’s not. I think it’s somewhere near Whidbey Island. No glittering vampires or hunky werewolves in sight. Instead, just miles and miles of lush green and dazzling blue. Simple. Wild. Beautiful.

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” –Eden Phillpotts

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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