Permit Me To Gush (Pike Place - Seattle Part One)


Derek and I hit double digits in our marriage this year!  When we were first married, we dreamed of taking a trip to Europe for our tenth anniversary.  I'm not really sure what we were thinking, because even with our original "plan" for kids (the Lord was just laughing at us), we would have been smack dab in the middle of baby years.  And what do you know, despite having more babies faster than we originally thought, the baby years is exactly the stage we are still in!  Sorry, Callie-from-the-past, but there is no way I'm flying off to Europe with five little kids at home, even if we could afford it (which we can't).

So, we improvised, signed up for the Frontier Airlines credit card solely in order to get the two free domestic tickets, and we chose Seattle!  I have a few blogging buddies from Seattle or the Pacific Northwest, so I had a vision of the area in my head already, but I have never been anywhere on the West Coast at all.  I was excited to check it out!

Friday

We flew in on Friday evening, just as it was starting to get dark.  I've always thought my state was one of the prettiest from the air (I still do), but I must say, Washington is definitely in the running now too.  Look!



We picked up our rental car, and the guy talked Derek into splurging for the luxury car (it wasn't hard).  We always regretted that we didn't rent a really cool vintage car to drive away in on our wedding day, so getting the luxury car for our anniversary trip was fun.  I'm not a car person, but all I know is that it smelled good, talked to us when we got lost, and went from zero to sixty pretty darn quick.



We set off in search of our lodgings.  We decided to try something different this time and rent an AirBnB - partly for the experience, partly because the hotels in Seattle were more expensive than we thought they would be.  Derek and I were a little worried as we drove through a not-great part of town, in the dark, looking for our lakeside cottage.  

We finally found it, and the owners stopped by to welcome us!  They showed us around, and we immediately decided the AirBnB was the best idea.  Not only was it adorable (click here for pictures), but outside the owners had a fire pit set up, and they had a dock/shed thing with kayaks and paddle boards to use on the lake.  Derek and I were wishing we had thought to bring out swimsuits so we could have tried it out!  They even left a bottle of wine in the kitchen for us with a note that said "Happy Anniversary!" (we cooked with the wine).  It was great!

Saturday

The next morning we got a better look at the lake and our little cottage, and it was even better than we thought.  It was like a secret garden back there!






The last picture requires explanation.  There were a bunch of these spiders everywhere near the lake.  I have no idea what kind of spider they are, or if they bite (it's better if I don't know), but this particular spider built a web across our walkway every single day we were there.  Derek had to brush it away several times.  I almost felt bad for it by the third time we destroyed it's web.  It's just a little spider trying to get some food!  I called him our little spider friend.  The very last day it finally got the hint and built it's web on a bush instead, and I got to watch it capture a gnat for it's breakfast.  

We started off our trip by checking out Pike Place Market, because I feel like you can't even say you've experienced Seattle without going to the market.  


















All I can say is I love the Market.  If I lived in Seattle, I would be over there all the time! There was so much there, we visited a couple times, and I still feel like we didn't even get to see it all.  A few observations:

-The flowers!  They smelled so good, and it was an interesting counter-point to all the food smells.  Derek bought me this bouquet for $10, and it felt like a steal!  Where we live, a bouquet like that would cost at least double.

-We ate pastries at Piroshky Piroshky, and after trying a cream-cheese pastry called Oscar's Star, and the cardamom cinnamon bread, I think I like their subtle breads better than the super-sweet pastries.  

-We got to see the guys who throw fish around and sing, and while I was highly amused, my introverted side was cringing, because I couldn't imagine working there unless you were a strong extrovert.  It was cool to watch though!

-We bought tea at MarketSpice, and oh my goodness.  I'm drinking it every night at home now, and it is so good.  I got the Spicy Seattle Chai, and the Caramel Rose Rooibus tea.

-I took a picture in front of the original Starbucks, but we did not actually get coffee there.  We got coffee at Storyville, and the view up there is wonderful.

-We ate mac and cheese at Beecher's, and I can see why people say it's the best mac and cheese they've ever had.

-I bought books at one of the several bookstores in the Market (of course).  I snagged two books in "The Railway Series" by Rev. W. Awdry, which is the book series that Thomas the Train was based on.  They are so cute!

-I kept looking at all the buildings, trying to figure out where Frasier Crane's apartment would be.

After the Market, we drove out to Snoqualmie Falls!  We originally thought it was going to be a little hike to reach the falls, but you can walk right up to it.  I wish we could get closer, but I get why they don't let you.  The falls were gorgeous!



I might have brought my tripod so we could get a couple decent pictures together on this trip.



After our adventure in the forest (at home we have woods - this was a forest), we went back to the cottage and Derek cooked me a very delicious dinner and dessert with the chardonnay our hosts gave us!



This post is getting long, so stay tuned for Seattle Part Two - including whale watching!

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5 comments

  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh man, now I want to go out there! Beautiful pictures! :)

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  2. I’m so glad you guys had fun!! Pike Place is one of my all time favorite spots.

    Next time you go, you can get closer to the Falls! There is a walking path down to the river and then you can walk along the rocks and get a whole lot closer!!

    Frasier’s apartment...yeah that’s kind of a running joke among locals who watched that show. ;) No apartment that I am aware of has a view of the Space Needle even close to that, haha.

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  3. Awww! This looks like the most beautiful and peaceful getaway!! It looks like such a fun time! I've never been to that part of the country at all. We always say we want to go to Hawaii for our 10th anniversary...but that's still 2+ years away and I couldn't say at this point whether that'll be reasonable or not at the time. AirAsia, our local budget airline, does have a Hawaii from Malaysia route now, so that makes it more possible, but we'll see.

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  4. I love air bnb! We have used it for most of our trips. So glad you had a good time! Looks amazing! I would love to visit Seattle one day.

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  5. I'm so glad you two got away for a while! I was talking the other day about where we should go for our tenth anniversary in just over two years. You've almost convinced me to go to Seattle! I would buy all the flowers.

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