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.

This August, I went back, for the fourth time, and spent five days in Seattle. 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 that my five days in Seattle were packed.

Here’s what we did with five days in Seattle…


Bainbridge Island

We took a ferry to Bainbridge Island…


Bloedel Reserve

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.


Point No Point

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.


Seattle Art Museum

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


Carkeek Park

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.


Seattle Center

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.)


Volunteer Park and the Amorphophallus Titanum (Corpse Flower)

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.


Capitol Hill, Downtown, Pike Place and Olympic Sculpture Park

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


Eating in Seattle

And, of course, we ate five days worth of food.

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.

  • Jennifer Plecki
    September 9, 2016at12:18 pm

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

  • Joe Meier
    September 11, 2016at10:48 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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