In 2009 when Rachel and I spent 3 weeks in the Pacific Northwest I took a few photos that required some additional post-processing. I started that work back then but life got in the way and they’ve stayed in a work-in-progress folder on my computer for years. I figured I might as well throw them out there as-is since they most likely won’t get any farther.
Animated gif of some fancy hulahoop dancing.
Panorama of the Seattle skyline.
Panorama of Devils Lake in the Northern Cascades.
Seattle skyline HDR from the needle at sunset.
Seattle skyline HDR from the needle at sunset #2.
Seattle has a giant wall covered in so much used gum that it has become famous? You’re kidding me right? I’m disgusted, and yet intrigued kind of like the feeling I get when seeing a glorious Joe dirt style mullet.
I’m completely shocked that we didn’t hear about this while we were in Seattle. Wait, maybe we did and just thought it was so revolting that we repressed it from memory.
Now we’ve immortalized it on our website for all to see forever.
New project idea: Start a blog who’s sole purpose is to reunite old pieces of gum with their owners ala Found Camera. I’ve even thought of a great fitting name for it: http://www.wefoundyourgumyoudisgustinglitteringpig.com/rightwhereyouSTUCKit
Friday we headed out for Mount Rainier. After seeing the mountain hovering over the city last night at sunset we just had to. It took longer to drive there than we expected, a little over 2 hrs to Paradise but it was well worth it. The scenery and the view of the mountain were fantastic.
We would have gone for a good little hike but Rachel wore sandals on this of all days… So we settled for a short trek out to Nisqually Vista, an overlook of the largest glacier on Mount Rainier. However; while walking along we crossed several snow fields and talked to a few people that were coming back. Apparently the trail was covered with even more snow ahead, and since we weren’t prepared for trail hiking we headed back. The views were did have, through the alpine flower fields was still gorgeous.
After getting back to Seattle we headed over to the shoreline to take the Harbor tour that came with the City Pass. It was very interesting! The most interesting thing we learned was how Seattle got it’s name and how it first started. As it turns out, Seattle was first settled on a peninsula on the other side of the bay. When settled (in the middle of the summer) it was very pleasant, but when the winter came it was anything but. After suffering for a period of time the native Chief Sealth and his people came to the aide of the settlers and helped them move across the bay where the weather was a bit subdued. They wanted to honor him by naming the city Sealth but in their culture their name cannot be spoken after they are past and having a city named after him would not allow this. To compromise they named the city Seattle, essentially an Americanized version of the chief’s name.
After the tour we were a bit tired so we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a nice relaxing evening. We watched Saving Private Ryan and said goodnight.
Wednesday was our first day in Seattle and what a fun packed day it was!
We started off by heading to Pikes Place (of course). Wow! Their market rocks! the OMG Peach truly does make you say ‘Oh My God’ and the fish do really fly overhead. Walking into the building Rachel’s jaw dropped as she saw miles upon miles of flowers at rock bottom prices.
From pikes we headed to the next obvious choice, the Space Needle. For the middle of the day on a Wednesday it seemed pretty busy, we waited in line for about 20 minutes while reading all about the City Pass. It turns out to be a pretty good deal so we signed on.
The view from the top was amazing. Mount Rainier was out and completely visible which we hear only happens about 100 days of the year. Mount Rainier seemed even more impressive over Seattle than Mount Hood does over Portland.
The Science Fiction Museum was awesome (except for the lack of Firefly/Serenity paraphenaila). Upon arrival we saw a sign for the Jim Henson exhibit which was only in town for a short period of time and Rachel’s eyes got wider than I’d ever seen before. We learned a lot and saw a lot of cool Science Fiction effects. My favorite was obviously the Star Wars junk but Rachel’s was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume. I have no doubt in my mind that Matt‘s would be the real Enterprise D used in production of Next Generation.
Admission to the Science Fiction Museum includes admission to the Experience Music Project and so of course we went. The Jimi Hendrix exhibit there was awesome and informative. I loved his music before but I had no idea Jimi was so innovative. One of the most interesting things I learned was about how his long drawn out notes were actually feedback which he could control with a custom built foot petal.
We ended the day with another trip up the Space Needle to see the sunset and the city at night. It was very beautiful. I especially enjoyed watching the colors wash over Rainier as it dissapeared and the sun dipped over the horizon.
We woke up and got on the road from our cute little Boat Theme Room after a good nights sleep (read: we slept in). Along the way we passed a sign for the Lews and Clark National Park. We’d seen stuff all over with the Lewis and Clark names on it and we figured this would be the best place to check out.
Fort Clatsop isn’t that great. It’s pretty much a visitor center and remake of a 6 room fort. that’s it. Not really much to look at. There’s even a sign that says the fort’s location is only an estimation. However; if you’re interested in reading or listening to information about Lewis and Clark its great. We watched a little video and then determined there was nothing there we couldn’t get elsewhere so we headed on out.
From there we were on to Astoria where we stopped at the harbor and headed over into Washington. Hurray! we made it! After driving for quite a while up the coast of washington we were bored. Route 101 doesn’t really follow the coast in Washington like it does in Oregon and it’s nowhere near as scenic. After a while we decided to head inland to Seattle and call it a day.
Almost into Seattle we got a phone call from Heather who was in visiting from Portland for the day and we decided to meet up for dinner at Johnny’s Dock. It was a little pricey but the food and the service was great! Liam even got a private magic show!
We said our goodbyes after a great meal and it was on to the downtown Ramada for the night.
Rachel’s Brother George lives in Portland Oregon and he’s getting married in July (the 11th to be exact). Since we’ll be trekking all the way across the country for the big event we’re planning on making a vacation of it. We’ll be staying in the Pacific Northwest for 3 weeks. The rough itinerary is Portland for about a week, Glacier National Park for about a week, Seattle for a few days and then back to Portland to fly home. Beyond that we have no idea.
We’re trying to plan as little as possible and just wing it but we’ve put together a tentative map of the route we might take and the places we want to see.
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We don’t want to plan our trip but we do want ideas. We’ve never been to the west coast or the pacific northwest and we need to know the cool stuff to do or see. If you have been to this part of the country, please let us know what places you enjoyed (and those you didn’t) so we can add it to our list!