Our first night in Seattle was the 4th of July, and we were invited to a small family party at a nearby lake. The view was gorgeous and we had our own private fireworks show. Despite my long sleeved shirt, thick sweater, jeans and a blanket, I was still very cold.
Little Henry Jensen and one of his many crazy faces
Sean and I at a Mariners game.
Sean visits the original Starbucks at Pike's Place. You might notice that the logo is different. That's right - it's the original logo where Miss Starbuck shows her boobies.
The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field was really neat, and I enjoyed all of it's interactive parts (because I usually get bored at museums). Sean was like a kid in a candy store here. We got to walk onto one of the Concord planes as well as the Air Force One that JFK used.
We went to the top of the Columbia Center building. I think it's the tallest building in downtown Seattle, and it has a much better view than the Spaceneedle . Here I was trying to get a shot of Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately, it was a very hazy day. Look in the center of the photo and you'll see a stream of clouds. Just above that, you can see the snow cap of Mt. Rainier. It's about 2 hours away from downtown, and it stands mightily over the city.
Pike's Place market - famous for fish-throwing mongers and large crowds. Sean and I made the mistake of coming on a Saturday. We grabbed lunch at a food stand inside the market where we had grouper sandwiches.
We took a ferry up to British Columbia to visit Victoria. Below you can see the famous Empress Hotel with all the ivy growing on it. For about $50 per person, you can have a proper Engligh afternoon tea. Instead, we opted for oysters on the half shell at a nearby bistro. There's also a shot of the British Columbia Parliment building.
The Italian Gardens at Butchart
For our one night in Victoria, Canada we ate at an Italian restaurant. Go figure. But it was well worth it. I was very thankful for our own personal fireplace by the table. Canada was COLD!
Our last day in Seattle was "Nature Day" and we visited Mt. Rainier. Here I am near the top of the snow cap. Sean had plans to hike the glacier trail; however, i was wearing open toed sandals. I put a stop to the snowy trail and we made atlernate plans to go see a few waterfalls. Also seen in this picutre: my one and only souvenir, a $50 jacket. Let's just say I was not prepared for the weather.
Here we are standing in the path of the 1940 Mt. Rainier Mud Slide. Behind us you can see all the rubble it left behind.
After hiking for a short while, we found a great place to stop and nap in the sun, and this was the view.
We finally made it to the waterfall.
1. seeing the Seattle Symphony play