My family (like a lot of Canadian families) are huge hockey fans. We watch the season from the draft to the last playoff game, and sprinkle in the World Junior’s, Olympics, and World Championships. M’s family are just into baseball, and while they are Yankees fans, now that they live in Seattle are also cheering for the Mariners. The Mariners might not be the best team in the league but they are always fun to watch and it’s a fun ballpark to spend the evening in. I have to say, this was the most exciting baseball game that I’ve ever been to!
I just got back from a short but wonderful trip to Seattle to see M! Great weather, delicious food, and more steps logged on my Fitbit than I’ve seen in a long time. I’m getting all of the posts ready and editing my pictures this weekend, but I wanted to share my favourite snapshots throughout the trip. Each of these stood out to me in one way or another, and have a small story behind them. In the next few weeks, I’ll share the full trip but I hope that you enjoy this sneak peak!
All in all, I had an absolutely fantastic trip to Washington! It was my fourth trip to see M there, and I’m finally starting to feel comfortable there. I’m remembering where things are, I have favourites, and I can see myself living there. These are some of my favourite pictures of the trip; they aren’t necessarily big moments but they are memories, and I’m excited to share them today! Continue reading
Whenever M and I visit each other, we really try to get out into the city and do something! For this trip into Seattle, we decided to stay in the city overnight- it can make for a very long night to catch the shuttle back to Whidbey Island, and you have to make sure you are leaving the city by a specific time. We chose to stay at the Sheraton in Downtown Seattle, which is in a great location that is close to everything downtown! (Five minute walk to Pike Place, ten tops if you are walking slowly.) We were very lucky that while we were staying there, there was a gingerbread village, a gingerbread village with each “house” decorated for one of the Harry Potter books!
Leavenworth, Washington is tucked away in the Cascade Mountains and is possibly one of the cutest little mountain towns that you will ever see. M had visited there earlier in the fall and knew that I would love it- they really play up Christmas, so we booked a trip to make sure that I wouldn’t miss out on any of it! There is quite a bit of snow being up in the mountains, but I actually didn’t find it too cold. It doesn’t have the chill of the wind off of the water, and the snow really added to the Christmas vibe. Certainly one of my favourite new towns! Continue reading
For anyone who doesn’t know, Daisy is my soulmate. Daisy is M’s Westie, and she just gets me. We are both tiny, we are both sassy, and we both sometimes get sassy when we get lost in the shuffle because we are tiny. I always insist on taking her out whenever I visit, because she looks so happy and I love to see that teeny terrier smile! I am quite lucky that M lives in Washington, as the weather doesn’t get too cold for Daisy. So, armed with a Daisy, a tiny green coat, and smiles, where did we go? Continue reading
Finally, the last of my Seattle posts! M is a wonderful boyfriend and always entertains my wish to go to the zoo in every city that I visit. I don’t know why, but I love zoos. I love them. I love going early or late, and seeing the animals quietly relaxing. Woodland Park Zoo is close to the University of Washington, and is a large, spacious zoo that embraces natural terrain and forests. I personally enjoy that you start your trip by parking in the Flamingo parking lot. I embrace every part of zoo experience, and get excited like a small child! I love wandering for hours and getting snacks and reading all of the signs. It is a peaceful but exciting way to lose yourself for a few hours and spend some time with some badass animals. Continue reading
Queen Anne Hill is a fairly well-to-do neighbourhood in Seattle that is mostly composed of a giant hill (as you would think). The original reason that I wanted to see it was because M saw a woman walking a Westie and a pug together and I was set on finding them. Turns out that I did not see a single Westie or pug, but once I had started researching the neighbourhood, it became clear that it is beautiful and historic neighbourhood and certainly worth a trip there. I don’t have any pictures of the hike up, mostly because I was all red from the heat and the hiking, and I didn’t have any extra energy to take pictures. This prairie girl was almost bested by the hill!
As I mentioned last week with my Greek Row post, the University of Washington is an absolutely gorgeous campus. Even though it was a weirdly hot day for Washington, and the 33°C weather probably slowed us down a little bit, I had a blast walking around campus with M! We took the light rail to the University, and then walked all through campus, to Greek Row, and then through University Village. It’s too bad I wasn’t wearing my Fitbit that Saturday, or I might have had a whole new daily step record on my hands! Taking Greek Row out of it, today’s post is all about our walk through the U of W campus… Continue reading
Port Townsend was my last full day in Washington, and we were actually able to hit a few different spots throughout the day. I’ve come to realise that Washington is full of many, many state parks. I have also come to realise that Washington’s history is actually pretty diverse than what I originally thought- not just a later developing west coast area, but rather rich with military and maritime history. It doesn’t hurt that most of these parks are gorgeous forests with spectacular ocean views… While I wouldn’t spend a whole day in either of these parks (if you are outdoorsy, you might), it was wonderful to take some time to see what they were about!