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New Camera!

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

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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.

Sailing

The summer has been crazy gorgeous this year, and I’ve been finding different ways to go out and enjoy the sun.  It’s pretty easy to find things to do around Seattle, and one of my favorite parts about living here is all the water we live around.  I came across an Instagram account for a company on the Waterfront called We Sail Seattle, and booked an hour and a half sailing excursion.  I had an incredible time!  I even attempted to catch everything on my new GoPro, which I had never used before.  I still have a lot to learn about filmmaking.

There were about 35 people on board the sailing yacht on Saturday, including myself. As someone who suffers from chronic back issues, I should have been in line to board first to get a more comfortable spot on the boat. I ended up at the very front, which had its perks, but also its downsides. I had an amazing view of everything, but I was sitting cross-legged on a hard surface with no back support. I’m not complaining, by any means, but simply pointing this out to anyone who may also have issues.

The weather was beyond perfect!  Beautiful, blue skies, and tons of sunshine.  It does get a chilly on the water, so take a jacket, no matter what time of year you go.

I can’t say enough nice things about We Sail Seattle.  The crew and staff were very friendly, and I will gladly go on other excursions.  Visit their website at www.sailingseattle.com for their most current prices, schedules, and excursions.  I paid $36 for an hour and a half.  There’s also a 2 hour sunset sailing for a bit more, which I will definitely try out before the summer is over.

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.

Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is often heralded as the most important meal of the day.  In the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle sits Geraldine’s Counter.  When I moved here, I did a Google search for the ‘best breakfast joints in Seattle’, and this was the first one to come up.  It’s a trendy little place with vibrant colors, delicious food, and wonderful staff.  If you don’t get there right when they open (8am), you may have to wait a while for an open booth or a spot at the counter.

Helpings are generous and the food is great.  I usually go for the Counter Special, which is a huge helping of two eggs cooked however you like, hash browns, and toast.  Their pancakes and French toast are also phenomenal.  Oh, and for something really hearty, don’t miss their biscuits and gravy.

If you find yourself in Seattle for any length of time, make your way to Geraldine’s.  You won’t regret it.