Seattle trip – just what I needed
Went to Seattle over the weekend with the free tickets my ex-travel agent had given us ( refer to the previous post for more details on the tickets ). And it was a breath of fresh air. Literally.
Left early in the morning and landed in Seattle at around 8:30 am, after which we rented a car and drove straight to Mt.Rainier, which is so magnificently huge that is a back drop at the Seattle airport, as if like an embossed watermark that authenticates the city.
Mt.Rainier was even more beautiful in person. As we drove higher, we could see the remnants of winter. Snow that was still about 4 ft high, when the temperate was at a warm 72 degrees F. Both me and K were wearing open toed flip flops, but that did not stop us from hiking in the snow!
On our way back, we stopped at a waterfall that literally crossed our path. The waterfall was right next to the road, and a part of it went under the road, and then took a deep dive. We went and sat on a rock under the road with all that water gushing right by us. It was one of the most eerie experiences I ever had!
We stopped at a unique place for our supper. It was a train compartment converted to a restaurant. Had some “bloomers” there, which were whole onions cut to look like a blooming flower, then battered and fried. Yummy!
Day 2 in Seattle started off with a visit to the Boeing factory. They took us to their manufacturing unit where we could see planes in the assembly lines at various stages of construction. The cranes that ran on tracks overhead were seriously cool machines that could lift more than 1000 tonnes! Next time I sit in a plane, I will definitely be reminded of all the awesome engineering that goes into making a monstrous steel bird fly. Unfortunately, they did not let us take any pics on the factory tour, so this will have to do:
We headed off to the Seattle downtown, only to find that every road was clogged because of a Gay Parade. I was very upset sitting in my car, stuck in traffic until I got to see the actual parade. Of course, the tubelight that I am, it took me sometime to realize I was blowing kisses to a MAN, before which I thought SHE was the homecoming queen or something….And, I really need to take some styling tips from them because they looked so good!
Stopped at Pike Place for lunch. It is such an awesome farmer’s market, it is a must see for anyone who visits Seattle. Had French crepes with loads of fresh veggies from the market itself. Really liked some paintings, but when I realized it will cost me my entire salary to get one, politely wished the artist a good day and walked away 😦
Did the tourist thing to do, went to Space Needle. It is one major pit , I tell you. It is not even the highest building in Seattle anymore! And they charge us an arm and a foot to ride up their elevator and stand there. The view, of course was amazing, but you can get that FREE OF COST from any other tall building in the downtown. It looks better from the outside, believe me.
End of day 2 meant packing our bags and heading back to town. And just when we thought all our excitement was over, our pet sitter told us that she can speak us animals, and that…well…our dog told her that he thinks that we should have kids! Looks like my mom and my pet sitter have joined forces! I keep wondering what else my dog “told” her….sigh!…my family secrets are no longer safe from this double crosser!
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