Seattle Vacation

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Published on June 26, 2008

Author: gizmos


Slide 1: Well, I finally went on vacation! And after going through 510 pictures, I’m ready to share with you the best!!! Slide 2: After years of hearing it from one of my oldest friends from elementary school to come west to visit, I finally got the opportunity to see the great city of Seattle where she lives. For 10 days… It was an awesome experience!!! Slide 3: Wow. Immediate culture shock! It was so different from the East Coast and in so many ways. Kim lives in Kingston and commutes by ferry to work in Seattle and back daily! She shares the two hour commute each way along with so many other residents of the area. Slide 4: Coming off the Ferry into Kingston. Kim’s home is just up the hill! Slide 5: I got to meet Kim’s friends, Vicki & Kevin, who came over to visit that first evening. I found these jumbo artichokes at the local market. They were the size of small cantaloupes and only 5 for $5.00!! I steamed this one and served it with both Béarnaise sauce and also a lemon butter sauce. YUM! Views from the neighborhood. Slide 6: First full day in town and we attended a wedding of Kim’s daughter’s best friend who is like a daughter to her as well. The wedding took place at a beautiful private home in the mountains but it was in the low 40s and damp and VERY cold! Slide 7: 2nd full day. Sightseeing. Beginning with Snoqualmie Falls. 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls but not as wide. For only about $650 a night, you can stay here at the top of Snoqualmie Falls at the Salish Lodge & Spa. Certainly not Hampton Inn prices! Slide 8: Grape vines at the St. Michelle vineyards. I was there! Right at the entrance and beyond! Kim and I wandering the gracious grounds. Next we visited a couple of the local wineries. There are a lot of them in this area of Washington and it’s beautiful country. We visited the Columbia Winery just across the street as well. Loads of fun and laughs were had that day! Slide 9: My tour guides on day 3 was Kim’s daughter, Kyleen and Ky’s 7 mo old son Asher, one of the cutest and happiest babies ever! Kim had to work in the city. Tsunami warning sign at entrance to this beach… Yikes! Slide 10: Beautiful little town of Port Gamble, settled in the early 1900’s and kept in that era still today. Slide 11: A few more images of Port Gamble, a very small town with quaint shops and beautiful views and gorgeously maintained buildings. Slide 12: When you’re on this bridge and look east (right), this is what you see. Highway 101 after just leaving Port Gamble heading for Port Townsend. Slide 13: Above: Panning the camera from the Park and beach in Port Townsend. And images below in the park and around town. Slide 14: Over the next couple of days I took off using Kim’s car for a few short excursions on my own. Although most of my trip, the weather was cloudy and a bit cold, I didn’t mind at all. Everything was so green and lush. It was days before I finally saw the huge Mt. Rainer. I was told that if I took a steep street near Kim’s house that I’d have a great view of it if the clouds cleared. One of those hopeful trips I didn’t get to see the mountain but I did run into this domestic rabbit someone had freed into the wild. He wouldn’t let me pet him but I was able to get pretty close. He appeared to be faring quite well on his own. Casinos are plentiful in Indian reservations in the area. Seattle view from Bainbridge shoreline Kingston Shoreline. Cottage on Bainbridge Island shoreline. Slide 15: I found this “Contraption” on the shoreline of Bainbridge Island and thought it was pretty clever! …whatever it is. Slide 16: In 1882, Norwegian immigrants established the fishing and farming community of Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula fjord. Today, picturesque Poulsbo is know as "Little Norway on the Fjord". In the modern part of this town, they have a place called Center Market, which is a modern natural grocery store about the size of a Walmart. Very cool. We went here to get goodies for our Friday night wine and cheese party. Slide 17: Kim and I finally head by ferry into Seattle to do some city sightseeing! I am totally stoked about the day! The sun is out and so are the people and we’ll pick up my daughter who’s flying in from California at the end of the day! Wahoo!!! Slide 18: We even got my first glimpse of that elusive Mt. Rainer for the first time since I arrived! Wish I could see it even clearer! No worries though! There’s plenty to see! I’m not using that restroom! Pretty neato apartments. Bread of Life Mission. Slide 19: I cannot emphasize enough how extreme the incline and decline of the streets are!!! Good working brakes are a must! From the fresh food to the street performers who wait at this post for their time next in line, Pikes Place Market was really cool! Slide 20: View of Seattle Aquarium from the ferry. Folks enjoying the sun! Homeless flats. Foreground and background. Had a lite lunch where the umbrellas are. Had one as a kid and still love them! Slide 21: Musicians play outside of the original Starbucks Coffee Café. Click above picture to get a (Video) feel of Pike’s Place Market in front of the original Starbucks. Starbucks pictured top right.) Original Starbucks Coffee Slide 22: There is so much more I could show you but I’m starting to feel as though I need to start compressing in order to show you as much as possible. So, now we’ll head to the airport to pick up my daughter, Kelsey! Slide 23: Even the security guy seems happy that she’s finally here! Not as much as me! Kim and Kelsey ready to board the ferry. And I’m a very happy camper! Slide 24: Kelsey and I had a lot of fun preparing some of our favorite foods for the party and I think they were a big hit. Brie cheese wrapped in french loaf served with fresh fruits, a tomato cheese pie and steamed jumbo artichokes with the same sauces as earlier. Also served was fresh smoked salmon from the market and other nuts, crackers and fresh veggies. Everything looked so good! Slide 25: And a good time was had by all!!! Slide 26: A beautiful Saturday and we’re off again –Kels, Kim and I to head for the mountains. Hurricane Ridge just above Port Angeles to be exact. First though, she wants to show me this place off the beaten path infested with trolls! Slide 27: Wow. It really was something! Castle for Rent??? Slide 28: Wow. (I said that a lot) Someone had either a lot of time on their hands or and a lot of money. Each fence post (lower right) had a different sculpted troll portrait. None of them were the same. Kels and I were having a great time! Slide 29: Along the way. On a mission! Hoping to see some snow! Slide 30: Getting closer but it’s clouding up! Slide 31: As we ascended we not only entered the mountains but also clouds. It was in the 30s and very cold but we were loving it! Kim must have thought we were nuts! Slide 32: If it had been clear, this is what we would have seen… We were here. Instead, we saw many of these grazing behind the visitors center which was also cool. Slide 33: Second to last day, Kelsey and I do a walk-on to the Ferry for another trip into Seattle, where we explored local sites including SAM – Seattle Art Museum. Slide 34: Vacation coming to a close. Kelsey’s tired from all the walking. I am too, I suppose. Slide 35: Last day, on our way out of town we had to drop things off at the above restaurant, which used to be the Bainbridge Manor Mansion. The friend who works here was frustrated because once again the ghost, a mistress of the original owner had rearranged the place settings at all the tables again! Slide 36: Last few hours in town before heading to the airport, we walk around Pioneer Square, a quieter part of the city. Slide 37: We enjoy our last lunch together at Crimson C, an asian fusion restaurant. Really great food. Kim and Ky got a little crazy but I think we were all just a bit punchy. Fun times though! Ky’s ready to dig in! Kim just wants it spicy! Slide 38: More sites around Pioneer Square district. Slide 39: Bye Seattle…Sure was fun…. Slide 40: MAN!!! What a great time!!!

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