Category Archives: Seattle

PNW’s Autumn Colors

While Washington may be known as the Evergreen State, it sure does like to get colorful when autumn rolls around. The evergreen trees provide a beautiful, lush background that further enhances the yellow and red leaves of all the other trees. I do a lot of walking since I don’t own a car, and I love seeing the colors deepening every day. I think it takes me twice as long to get where I need to go, because I’m soaking in the sights and taking pictures with my phone.

This is my absolute favorite time of year.  Not only because of the beautiful leaves, but the weather is cooler, my three favorite holidays are here, and I’m itching to put my Christmas tree up.  I’m keeping myself under control, though…no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.

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University of Washington Campus

Need something quiet to do in Seattle, but don’t want to travel out of the city?  Look no further than the University of Washington Campus.  On a clear day, visitors can gaze across Drumheller Fountain and see Mount Rainier standing majestically in the distance.  No matter the weather, though, the UW campus is a great escape.  It often invokes a feeling of being in a quaint English village, right here in the Pacific Northwest.

Weekends and holidays are the best times to visit, since there aren’t any classes going on.  In between the academic quarters is also a great time to visit.  It was hot and smoky on the day I visited, due to the wild fires, but there were still people milling about.  This is a great place for running/jogging, walking, taking the dog out, picnicking, and soaking up the sights.  There’s a light rail station just a hop, skip, and jump away from the main campus, so there’s really no need in driving and trying to find a parking space.

Come out and enjoy the campus, whether you’re here for work or play.  It’s a fantastic place for a quick escape from the craziness of downtown.

Love Where You Live

I usually hibernate near the air conditioner during the summer, because I usually hate everything about it. I hate the crowds, the sunshine, and most of all I hate the heat! Give me clouds and rain any day! This summer is a bit different, though. I’m enjoying being out in the sun, and walking around the city and various open green spaces. 

When I travel, I always remember that I’m an ambassador for where I live. I cannot say enough great things about Seattle and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Here are some pics I took with my iPhone today while out and about: 

Leavin’ On A Seaplane

I’ve lived in Seattle for a little over two years now, and I realized I still hadn’t taken any of the tours offered by Kenmore Air.  I knew the sun would be making an appearance this weekend, so I booked the Seattle Scenic Tour.  For $99, I was given a front row seat to the most beautiful city on the West Coast (in my opinion).  We took off from Lake Union and headed over to Lake Washington.  We were treated to magnificent views of Bellevue, Lake Washington, and Mercer Island.  Mount Rainier was ever present in the sky as well, as there were hardly any clouds.  In Seattle, when it’s sunny, we don’t say, “The sun is out.”  We say, “The mountain’s out.”  IMG_2053.jpg

We crossed back over the stadiums to Seattle proper, heading out over Elliott Bay.  I’ve seen Seattle from the Space Needle, as well as from Columbia Center (Seattle’s tallest skyscraper), and this view is by far the best.  Anything and everything happening in Seattle this morning was right outside my airplane window.  It was AMAZING!!!

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We flew over Elliott Bay, soaking in the sights of Puget Sound, West Seattle, Bainbridge Island, before heading north over Discovery Park (my favorite of Seattle’s parks).  We also had a great view of the locks.

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All too quickly, the flight was over.  Being my first seaplane ride, it was so bizarre taking off and landing on the water.  One of my biggest fears when flying internationally is crashing in the water, so that made this experience a bit ‘white knuckle’ for me.  I absolutely loved it, though.   Kenmore Air provides amazing customer service.

The planes are small, so space is limited.  Don’t expect a first class seat, but definitely expect first class service.  This will definitely be at the top of my list of attractions when I have visitors in town.

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Museum of Flight

Seattle is airplane country.  Boeing’s headquarters is here, which means any time you look up at the sky, you’re likely to see a brand new jet on its test flight.  You’re also likely to see hundreds of general aviation aircraft zipping through the skies, as well as the seaplanes that make up Kenmore Air‘s fleet.  I remember a time, before the threat of terrorism became too serious, that my dad and I would head out to the airport to watch the planes.  Back then, we could get up closer that you can now.  Planespotting was something my dad and I could always bond over.

Now, when I have the urge to be around airplanes, but don’t have a ticket to go anywhere, I can head over to the Museum of Flight.  The museum provides visitors with excellent exhibitions on the origins of flight, as well as an exhibit centered around space exploration.  Retired aircraft hang from the ceiling for everyone to enjoy. They’ve just completed their Aviation Pavilion, where visitors can get up close and personal with some amazing aircraft.  I just came from the Members’ Preview, and they have done am AMAZING job putting this all together.  The Aviation Pavilion opens to the public on June 25th.  Boeing’s first 747-100 is on display, which visitors can enter.  It isn’t set up like a passenger jet, as it only made test flights.  The same goes for the Boeing 787-8 on display.  Visitors can also step inside a retired British Airways Concorde, which was the fastest passenger jet ever in service.  Docents are always on hand to answer questions about the various aircraft on display.

I’ve been to the museum several times, and still haven’t seen everything yet.  Every time I go, I see something new and interesting.  If you live in the Seattle area, or visit several times a year, I suggest purchasing a membership.  It ends up paying for itself, if you are an aviation geek like me and would like to go back a couple of times.  I have the lowest tier of membership, and I can always bring a guest for free.  Members also get 15% off at the gift shop, and I never leave empty-handed.  If you haven’t been to Seattle yet, definitely put this on the top of your list of places to visit.

Staycations

I’m very fortunate to live in such an amazing place.  I’ve been in Seattle for almost two years, and I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Whether I’m exploring some place new, or hitting up an old favorite, all my troubles and cares fade away.

When I’m staycationing here in the area, I usually have my dog, Chloe, with me.  She’d much rather be running around an 0ff-leash area, but I drag her along with me on my adventures.  It’s like trying to travel with a moody teenager.  I’ll have a post later on about the Disneyland of dog parks.

I especially love staycationing, because I get to go home to my own bed at night.  When traveling elsewhere, I tend to go for the higher-end hotels that make me feel at home.

Back to Seattle…There’s always something to do.  I never grow tired of walking through Pike Place Market, but it can get a bit hectic in the summer when the cruise ships dock.  It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a beautiful park to explore; some big and some small.  Discovery Park is a great place to get lost.  Sunday’s, if you get there early, you can take a ride on a sail boat on Lake Union with the Center For Wooden Boats.  Sunny days are incredibly busy, and there’s only limited space.

Take a camera out and explore where you live.  Put yourselves in the shoes of tourists.  Go out and see something you may not have thought to go see.  The world is ours to explore.