Up and at em’ early this morning – no we didn’t leave real early – about 9 AM. Beautiful drive out of the Cascade Mountains and on our way to the big city – Seattle.
Arrived at Lake Pleasant RV park – probably one of the nicest parks in many, many months – couple hundred sites with paved roads and paved level sites with bushes in-between the sites and cable TV and one hour per day of free Wi-Fi. Every site is on or near the water – a lake.
After set up we thought we would ride into Seattle – we are 15 miles south of the center of town. Oh what a mistake – traffic and buses and trolley and people and bicycles everywhere. They honk their horns here when you don’t move fast enough or if they want to cut in front of you. So many times came close to hitting someone in the cross walk – I want to go back to Alaska and have no such traffic.
We did find the visitor’s booth (not the main center) near Pike Place Market.
We did see what chaos there was in this place and vowed to come back without the dogs and explore more.
Moved on and found Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. It overlooks the city and gives a spectacular view of the area.
Our brewery search gave us way too many choices and we needed to get back to the house – no we didn’t skip a brewery but we found the Outlander Brewery and had one for the road.
Saturday woke up to drizzle – we are in Seattle – that’s what everyone says.
We took off for downtown to experience Pike Place the Public Market – started in 1907 – WOW – what an experience, 100’s of merchants and 1000’s of people. Weather improved and we had sunshine. If you can’t find something here you don’t know what you are looking for – they had everything.
Had lunch along the way and did stop at Pike Place Brewery (est. 1989). After 4 hours of seeing fish, mushrooms, crafts, souvenirs, hats and again you name it and having to push your way through the crowd we went home.
Shocked by the parking fees – cost $18 – should have been $30 but I guess they discount it on Saturday.
Did see some people heading toward the “Pumpkin Beer Fest” but we declined.
Lots of art downtown.
Even saw the same piece of glass art I have in storage right now.
I didn’t realized how many hills there are in Seattle – hate to be here in the wintertime.
On the way home we found 192 Brewing Company and stopped.
Sunday was able to find a nearby church and enjoyed meeting new people.
Decided to do wineries today – become a little more “sophisticated” – and found a wine region nearby. First went to Chateau Ste Michelle (celebrating 50 years in operation) and enjoyed a tour and tasting. Then went across the street to Colombia Winery and did wine and cheese.
Monday we started looking ahead – where will we camp in the next few days – and called a campground up by Port Angeles and they were full for the weekend due to a Crab Fest. Called them back a little bit later to see if I could delay my visit till after the Fest and they said they just had a cancelation and I could spend the whole weekend there – timing is sometimes everything.
Went to the Space Needle (built in 1962 for the World’s fair) in the afternoon and that was a thrill – seeing quite a distance as it wasn’t raining and fairly clear.
Then we visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass – he still is spectacular – did get to see 5 – 4 minute movies on some of his work and how he does it – worth the viewing and now I know.
Did get my flu shot this afternoon.
Oh how I hate traffic in this town – it seems like forever to go anywhere. Didn’t even have time for a brewery.
I can say that we never touched all the things you could do in Seattle – it might take a whole summer to experience Seattle for what it is. We will be back despite the traffic.
Tuesday is off to Mount Rainer NP.