seattle 2011

i left for seattle early last thursday, and didn’t have much of an agenda for the 3-1/2 days i’d be there, but i knew that i really wanted to spend time with my friends evalynn and chandler. i also wanted to take my time… i wanted to read… i wanted to run each morning along the waterfront.

the trip was exactly what i needed:

thursday : pioneer square
i wandered on my own for a bit when i arrived on thursday. that evening evalynn and i had italian for dinner at al boccalino and we did the first thursday art walk in pioneer square.

friday : macrina bakery
friday morning i started my day at macrina bakery. i could feast on their squash harvest bread and perfect lattes daily. i miss both so much already.

friday : belltown mural
i wandered belltown and ate (most of) a doughnut at top pot. i bought a biography about willem de kooning.

friday : pike place market
i wandered into pike place market a few times. i avoided flying fish, but elbowed a few tourists, i’m sure.

friday : seattle from the ferry
i took the ferry to bainbridge island, and had lunch at cafe nola: grilled asparagus salad and 2 glasses of wine. heaven!

friday : space needle
late friday afternoon, evalynn and i met for a sushi happy hour at umi sake house. after stuffing ourselves, we had a drink at bathtub gin & co, then we walked and walked and walked past the space needle, and theeennnn we walked up queen anne avenue where we each had a glass of wine and shared warm goat cheese with honey at bricco, just like the last time i was there.

saturday : wow. mountains!
saturday… saturday was a big day. chandler picked me up at 10, and we set off on an adventure to olympic national park. via ferry, through woods, over channels, up winding roads… the few pictures and words here cannot do the day justice. we ate a simple lunch at hurricane ridge, sharing the picnic table with a european couple (we couldn’t place the accents. german? swedish?) that lived in sequim, the lavender capital of north america (we drove through sequim, but didn’t have time to explore).

saturday : hurricane ridge
glaciers, atmospheric perspective, wildflowers… it was so beautiful. on the way up to the ridge, we could see canada! vancouver island was visible, and if you squinted, you could see the town of victoria. we could seeĀ  san juan island and the dungeness spit. we could also see mount baker, mount adams, and glacier peak. so many volcanoes… it’s a little scary.

saturday : lake crescent... looks a little like a fjord, or a loch
once back at sea level, chandler drove me to lake crescent. it’s a glacially-carved lake, over 600 feet deep. about 15 feet from the shoreline, we could see where the rocky bottom dropped off into unknown depths, turning the water a turquoise blue. chandler’s knowledge of the region is fascinating, and i was riveted. we spent over 12 hours together, most of them in the car, and i enjoyed every minute.

saturday : shore with guy & large format camera
our last stop for the day was port townsend. we stopped at the light house while the sun set, and for dinner we went to fins, and i had my first ever bowl of clam chowder. verdict: very very yummy, and it could never be topped in my land-locked home state, i’m sure.

sunday morning i took my last waterfront run and saw a seal in the sound! i had brunch with evalynn at peso’s, and with that, my trip was over. like i wrote above, it was exactly what i needed.

ps. i’ve got a few photos on instagram, you can see them here.

9 responses to “seattle 2011”

  1. Jess says:

    That looks like the perfect trip.
    How I long for the mountains and the water!
    It’s all so beautiful, Jen!

  2. CHar says:

    OMG Jen…I want to go to Seattle…it looks BEAUTIFUL and sounds like you had some deeeelicious meals. THAT is the perfect getaway!

    pleased you had a great time!


  3. Anna says:

    Sounds like a lovely adventure!

  4. Chandler says:

    Such a perfect day. Thank you for being the perfect travel companion! The mountains (and all those deer) miss you, and can’t wait for you to return. And neither can I!

  5. Sonya says:

    Looks gorgeous and serene. Must be all that blue sky and water. I must get up to Seattle one of these days.

  6. cindy says:

    you have such good friends as that is a massive tour and your weather was excellent! your beautiful snaps make me feel like i was there, too.

  7. jackie says:

    wow, wow, wow! those are some incredible photos! i had to go check your instagrams as well – killer, kick ass – every last one!!

  8. Lynn says:

    Loving the font shots. Longing for a visit to the ocean.

  9. Suzanne says:

    I love the pictures you took. It looks like you had a great trip. I had my first bowl of clam chowder too a few years ago, and I love it.

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