Sunday, October 12, 2014

Seattle: Summer of 2014 (part 1)

Alrighty, I'm almost caught up to speed. 

In July, we flew to Seattle to visit my college roommate. It was Jimmy and T's first time in the Emerald City. The last (and only) time I visited was in November a few years ago, when the rain poured down with no mercy and when boots and umbrellas were a must. 

This time around, I got to enjoy the beautiful weather. We rented a ridiculously massive and junky car from Rent-A-Wreck, and drove it around the city like a boss.

Our first stop was the Pike Place Market.

My friend's fiance is from Seattle, so he gave us a super comprehensive list of places to see and eat. The Ivar's clam chowder was one of them. I got the sampler with 3 different types of chowder. They were delish.

We also stopped by the original Starbucks.
The next set of photos are all from ONE DAY. I knew my roommate was amazing, but her super powers were in full force when she took us on a tour of Seattle's hotspots. One day with her included the following: Snoqualmie Falls, sandwiches at Paseo, Ballard Locks, Fremont Troll, Gasworks Park, Molly Moon's Ice cream, dinner at Pacific Fish and Chips, and a stroll at a neighborhood park.

Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 foot waterfall located between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. It was a quick, scenic drive from Seattle, with an easy hiking trail that leads to the bottom of the falls.
The view was absolutely gorgeous!

Within an hour, we were at the bottom of the trail. That's including our many snack breaks for this little monkey.

You see those people near the fall? They jumped over a locked gate and climbed down a steep set of rocks. Some people had infants in their baby carriers! We didn't do any of this, of course, since we are law abiding citizens.

Lunch was at Paseo, a delicious Caribbean sandwich joint with the most amazing sandwiches EVER. Jimmy should know...he eats my homemade sandwiches for lunch everyday.

After lunch, we headed to go see the Ballard Locks. At first, I didn't quite understand the concept, but after seeing it firsthand, I realized how totally awesome this place was. Basically, the lock links Salmon Bay with Lake Union and Lake Washington. But, because the water level drastically changes, the lock makes it possible for the boats to enter and exit. It also helps prevent the fresh water mixing in with the sea water.

...and because a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some images...

We were also able to go under the lock and view the salmon ladder.

You could only view this during certain times of the year, so we were super lucky to be able to see the salmon swim upstream! Pretty cool stuff.

Afterwards, we found ourselves under the George Washington Memorial Bridge, where we hung out with the troll. I later found out that the troll is holding an actual Volkswagen Beetle, with a California license plate. Yikes!

We then headed to Gasworks Park to enjoy the beautiful day.

We also "tried" to fly a kite.

We then stopped by Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream. They had the most interesting flavors, like Earl Grey and Lavender. Kinda reminded me of ice cream places in Japan. Nevertheless, we inhaled the ice cream in record time.

We wrapped up the day by sharing a meal at the Pacific Fish and Chips.

And strolled around a park and jumped into a fountain (which, I would NEVER recommend doing...we both slipped on moss and almost got soaked!)

Whew!!! What a day!

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