Freemont Bridge Troll in Seattle, Washington

Seattle Vacation: Exploring Fremont and Gas Works Park

Monday, June 29, 2009

It was an exhausting day! I’m now staying with Scotty in Seattle and so this morning I took the bus with him over to University of Washington where he works/is in grad school. I toured around a bit while he worked and saw the fountain, red square, a Washington statue, the quad, and some other random statues sprinkled throughout campus. I grabbed a coffee at the coffee shop at the physics building and then we met back up for lunch and got some delicious Thai food.

University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Thai food in Seattle.

He went back to work so I grabbed a bus to Fremont…which is, by the way, probably the most Val-friendly area in America. Just sayin’. Fremont not only has topiary dinosaurs, not only has a giant rocket ship, not only has a statue of Lenin (that was advertising Taco Del Mar)…but also has a gigantic bridge troll! How in the world can that be topped?

So I spent most of the afternoon touring around Fremont and being enamored by the sheer amazingness of it…and then I headed over to Gas Works Park which is a big green park offset with all these huge gas tanks. Pretty neat. Also neat was that there was a glorious view from there of the city skyline. Glorious.

Then I headed back to Northgate to meet Scott for an all you can eat sushi dinner. And boy did I all I could eat…and boy am I stuffed…

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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