The Emerald City

This year, my annual vacation with Naomi took us to Seattle. My cousins Jason and Scott and cousins-in-law Lia and Tara helped the crafting of some great memories. I present here an extremely abridged recap of another memorable respite. A full photo-documentation can be found via my Picasa page.

You can’t go far in Seattle without finding a park and we started off the Saturday we arrived with one. Sunday was a lazy day, mostly consisting of watching “pro” Starcraft II matches online with Jason and a trip to the farmer’s market.

Monday started off a little disappointing due to the science-fiction wing of the EMP/SFM being closed for preparations for an upcoming exhibit. But we still enjoyed the quintessential Seattle tourist attraction, the Space Needle. We also took the monorail over to Pikes Place Market, an open craft and food market along the waterfront where I found a giant, and delicious, cookie.

Tuesday started with some shopping, then I found the Fremont Troll and, with Mjolnir in hand, battled him mightily. After my Nordic skirmish we visited Discovery Park for a short hike through the trees to a tiny lighthouse with a great view of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier.

The weather had been mostly rain-free, treating us to surprisingly few short showers but the skies really wept on Wednesday. We still made the most of it, including a ferry ride over to the island of Bainbridge where we drove a meandering road along the water passing amazing waterfront homes.

Thursday we drove down to Mt. St. Helens hoping to get high up the mountain but, alas, the still-snow-covered roads were closed. Luckily, there were plenty of beautiful lakes and forests on and around the mountain for us to marvel.

Friday started out with yet another park, this time one that was once a gas refinery. We then met Scott and Tara for a delicious seafood lunch and a visit to the aquarium. We ended our final full day in Seattle with some homemade pizza via Lia and Jason. As with every vacation, heading home was disheartening, especially when leaving the gorgeous sights of Washington.

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