My old camera died and went to camera heaven. I took my new one out and snapped some pics…
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.
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:
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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.”
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!!!
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.
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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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.