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Amorphophallus titanum - corpse flower - at Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, Washington.

Five Days in Seattle

I’d been to Seattle three times before. The first time, in 2009, I did everything my guidebook told me to do there. The second, in 2011, I explored for a few hours between a train from Vancouver and a flight back to Chicago. And the third time, in 2013, I spent a few days after a trip to Hawaii.

I went back to Seattle, for five nights, for the fourth time, a couple of weeks ago. I had friends I could stay with and just needed to get away for a few.

Part of me always feels like I should travel somewhere new, somewhere I haven’t been before. But, lately, a big part of me just wants familiarity. Besides, I like Seattle. The weather is my kind of weather (read: no winter). There’s so much natural outdoor space. And they pretty much put flannel on the map. What else does a girl need?

Since I’d already been there three times before I had no real plans for the trip. But my friends, Jen and Andrew, made sure my five days in Seattle were packed.

Here’s what we did…


We took a ferry to Bainbridge Island…


And, once there, went to Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre public garden. Admission was a little steep at $15 but there are brochures on the ferry that have coupons for $2 off. It was a nice walk, though, a nice way to spend an afternoon.


After Bloedel Reserve, we explored the downtown area and then drove to Point No Point, a small beach with a lighthouse in Hansville. We walked for a bit along the beach and sat and watched a seal who was happily napping on the shore, waiting for his mother to return from gathering food.


We went to the Seattle Art Museum and, well, looked at art.


I took a hike in Carkeek Park, stopping by the orchard, walking the beach, only getting slightly lost, and reveling in the fact that I was in a city that actually had nature to walk through.


We walked around Seattle Center, admiring the iconic Space Needle up close. (But didn’t go up it, you only need to do that once in your life if ever at all.)


We went to Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill, saw the Dhalia Gardens, saw the Amorphophallus Titanum (corpse flower) at the conservatory, attended a picnic for Jen’s kung fu school.


And I walked back through Capitol Hill and through all the downtown sites, through Pike Place, through Olympic Sculpture Park.


And, of course, we ate.

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  • Jennifer Plecki
    September 9, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    You know, Seattle is a pretty great place to live. Just sayin….

  • Joe Meier
    September 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    ” … and reveling in the fact that I was in a city that actually had nature to walk through.” Loved that quote. It pretty aptly describes our motivation for moving to this coast. Also, as the previous commenter has so often said, “I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains ….”

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