[WARNING: This post is on photo overload!]
On Thursday I enjoyed another solo day downtown Seattle since Josh was again working at the plant on the southside. I LOVE water ways and boats, so I decided to walk to Lake Union. I didn't follow any specific course and instead let my sense of direction lead me there. It was a pretty good little hike (my route was close to 2 miles) and fortunately, my internal navigation led me to the right place although I did have to make some detours due to sidewalk and road construction. While walking to Lake Union I was really close to the Space Needle:
A view of the city from Lake Union:
The natural explorer in me wandered to this place:
And I enjoyed simple and quaint views like these:
I walked back to the downtown area where I had started out that morning. This picture is for my Dad:
After all of that walking and exploring, I had worked up an appetite! So I returned to a French bakery in Pike Place Market where I had wanted to dine.
The yummy smells of walking by this restaurant brought back many great memories of the May 2003 trip to France that my friend LL and I enjoyed. During that trip, we ate quite a few of these......so naturally, I had to order one again.....for nostalgic reasons of course.
A thin sliced ham, with butter, on french bread. Super yummy!
And then I decided to top it off with a healthier local treat, an apple (Jazz variety, so sweet and delicious!) from this produce stand:
Since I pretty much used all of my energy at the beginning of the day, I enjoyed taking it easy for the afternoon before Josh picked me up and we enjoyed oysters on happy hour at Elliott's again.
Later that evening we met some of the other Charleston engineers for dinner at Red Hook Brewery where we decided the food was not very good.
We called it a night so that we could get to bed and get ready for a touristy day on Saturday.
On Saturday morning we drove to Mukilteo where we boarded the ferry to Whidbey Island.
And by "boarded," I mean we drove our car onto the ferry.
The cars were all parked in lines bumper to bumper. I was thankful that we had an outside spot so that we could see the water and islands outside.
It was only about a 20 minute ride, but I really enjoyed it!
We turned our GPS on and I thought this was really funny.....our car in the middle of the water! That's not something you see every day! :)
Fortunately we lived to tell about it! ;) It wasn't long before we were released off the ferry and we were greeted with this sign:
We were also greeted by these petitioners! (Seriously, it was just a group of people holding signs and flags - there was no violence or action taking place....at least we are not aware of any.)
The drive was beautiful!
And then......the moment we had been waiting for......we made it......to Deception Pass!
We had a low-key Saturday night where we stayed in, ate snacks for dinner, and watched the UK game.
Sunday morning delivered the moment I have been waiting for!
Since we arrived weeks ago, this sign was in place of the attraction I most wanted to see:
I was sad that I couldn't see them from the moment we first visited Pike Place on our first weekend. However, I was so thankful that we would still be around when they reopened!
If you're not sure what I'm talking about, this is the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market!
For a little history about how I learned about this place years ago......in the midst of my leadership studies I read the FISH! Philosophy book. It remains my favorite today! The book is based on "boosting morale and improving results" and it uses this particular fish market as the model. The fishmongers have a great time and are always looking for a way to make someone's day. I had seen many video clips of the fish throwing in action, so you can see why I was so excited for the opportunity to witness this event!
We were there pretty early Sunday morning so it wasn't very busy. The fishmongers were really nice to chat with us, answer questions, and take our picture! They also gave me stickers (is it weird that stickers are just as fun at 26 as they were at 6?) I was thrilled and seeing this site with my husband made my day! I was so thankful for Josh who got up early on the weekend to take me downtown on what started out as a rainy day & I was thankful that the market was open and I could see them in action!
I brought my book again for the photos, which led them to introduce me to another book written about the market: "Catch! A Fishmonger's Guide to Greatness" (the tag line is: 'stop floundering and become more effective in your life and work'). Of course I bought it.....because I wanted it and because we weren't buying any fresh fish to bring home and they autographed it for me! ha! I haven't started reading it yet, but will update when I do. Until then, enjoy these photos from our time at the Pike Place Fish Market!
(Yep, that fish above is airborne!)
Josh and me in the midst of the fishmongers behind the counter!
And since we were at Pike Place (for what we figure was our last visit during this Seattle trip) we enjoyed some homemade donuts:
We may have grab some cheesecake to take with us to enjoy during the big game:
And there was one last trip to the original Starbucks:
Before we left downtown, we did one last tourist attraction. We headed down post alley to the Market Theater Gum Wall:
On our way back to the hotel in Lynnwood, we grabbed a pizza [to go with our cheesecake, of course] and took it back to the room for the Superbowl!
Last night we went to dinner and a movie with a couple other Charleston engineers.
And tonight we have big plans that I can't wait to post about!!
Here's a little hint: