Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seattle/Bainbridge Island 2017 Pt. 1

I've been home for a couple of days now, but my lack of sleep would make you assume I flew home on the red eye this morning. I'll chalk up my exhaustion to having a great trip to the PNW exploring and catching up with family.

The purpose of my trip to Seattle was for my second cousins wedding reception. Since I hadn't taken a vacation since her sister got married in Hawaii last November, I thought what better time to take a long weekend and get out of the Minnesota heat?

Just like Christmas morning as a child, the anticipation of a trip kept me up late and had me springing out of bed hours before my alarm was to go off. I took my time getting ready since I didn't need to call for an Uber until 8:00 AM, but since I was up bright and early with an extra hour to spare, I decided to add a little airport adventure to the mix. I wheeled my suitcase down the street to my bus stop, took the bus downtown to the light rail and hopped on the train to the airport. It might have taken close to an hour, but it was free, no traffic and it brought me right to my terminals security check point.

When I landed in Seattle I was dropped off at my hotel downtown where I dropped my bags and took off walking. I was meeting Kari and Jason for an underground walking tour so I found a nearby bar to pop in to, ordered up some lunch and tried some of Seattle's finest ciders.

Our bartender at The Collin's Pub was so friendly and attentive I wanted to go back every day just to say 'hey!' and grab a drink.

After lunch we walked to Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Depending on how much you like group tours and how much time you have, I would probably suggest skipping this tour, but it was interesting non-the-less.

Halfway through the tour while we were above ground, we walked past a barber shop, Jason went for a haircut and Kari and I continued on...until we came back above ground and we decided we'd rather have a coffee and watch Jason get his hair cut than finish the tour. So that's what we did.

We walked with coffees in hand and a fresh cut to the Smith Tower. It was the tallest building West of the Mississippi in the 1930's and has an observatory on the 35th floor that you can walk around and take in some stunning views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately for us it was a typical Seattle day, rainy and overcast so no views of Mt. Rainier for us.

For dinner we decided on The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak and Oyster House. I was in heaven with my steak oscar with scalloped potatoes. If I were to find myself in Seattle looking for a yummy steak, this is the place I would go.

I'll be back with a less wordy, more picture heavy follow up on the rest of the trip. In the mean time, start looking for airfare to Seattle.
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