I think it's about time that I publish this post on one of our favorite places we've ever been. Our out west expedition in June included a stop in Seattle to see our friends and let's just say, we didn't want to come home.
We landed on Thursday from Napa Valley, excited to see our friends Quintin and Demi who now live in Seattle and our friends John and Ayelet who now live in Palo Alto. We headed to the mountains where we stayed in this awesome cabin just south of Greenwater, WA on route 410. The cabin was very spacious and made it easy to prepare meals together. It also had a hot tub which we enjoyed in the evenings with a glass of wine and various mixed drinks.
On Friday, we had a day filled with adventures. We went up to Mt. Rainier where the roads had just opened two days before. I could not believe how much snow was still there. We started to hike a snow covered trail and realized it might have been too much for us that day. We turned around and headed to a different trail where we could hike and see the most amazing waterfalls. Quintin actually sent me all of our stops so I could include them in this post for you guys so check that out below.
- White River pull offs along route 410
- Skookum Falls Viewpoint
- Stevens Canyon Rd (behind the Harley’s)
- Paradise Visitors Center (LOTS of snow)
- Nisqually Vista Trail (too much snow for John)
- Ohanapecosh River (riverbed exploring)- This was one of my favorite things we did!
- Grove of the Patriarchs Trail (large trees)
- Silver Falls Trail (huge waterfalls along Ohanapecosh River)
- Cayuse Pass (last road before we made last stop, switchbacks up mountain side)
- Chinook Pass Overlook (last spot we stopped before cabin - really cold)
On Saturday we had a chance to explore the city. We took the Bremerton to Seattle Ferry which was such a fun experience and a great way to see the Seattle skyline. We visited Pike Place Market where we were able to see them throwing fish and we walked by the first Starbucks.
After the market, we headed to dinner in the South Lake Union area. We enjoyed steaks, burgers, pasta, and salads for dinner at Art Marble 21. From dinner, we headed up the hills to Kerry Park Seattle Overlook which is a must-do. The view at sunset was out of this world and you could even see Mt. Rainier behind the city. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before.
Our time with friends was coming to an end, but not before we stopped at Molly Moon’s Ice Cream. It was the best ice cream I've had in a while with unique flavors like Yeti, Earl Grey, and Sweet Cream. Collin and I stuck with melted chocolate because we have yet to find a chocolate ice cream we didn't like.
Seattle definitely left a mark on my heart. There's something about the mountains that is so peaceful and carefree for me. I can't wait to go back.
Cheers to finding new happy places,