At the greenhouse in Volunteer Park
Wow. What a great trip this has already been. Derek and I arrived in Seattle at 10:30 pm on Tuesday after over 6 hours of flying from Tampa. We got off the plane, retrieved our bikes and panniers and assembled them in the airport. We hopped on the light rail and met Kristin, of Kristin Schimik ceramics, in downtown Seattle. She took us to a friend's apartment that was letting us stay at (might I add it was two blocks from both the Space Needle and the Olympic Sculpture Park!). Needless to say, at 4:30 am Florida time, we were beat.
The next day, we got up for an early breakfast at Cherry Street Coffee House. An iced chai latte and a tomato, basil, egg and cheese bagel sandwich was the perfect start to the city. After breakfast, we rode down to the sculpture park and were very excited to see a mountain range on the horizon. We were not in Florida anymore… We looked to the left and suddenly there it was: Mount Rainier! WOW! It was a sunny, clear day in Seattle, which I hear is rare, and we were able to see the peak clear as day which was amazing. After we were done gawking at the beauty that is Puget Sound, we rode our bikes up to the Space Needle where we found a nice little concrete skate park. There was just one guy there cruising around. He let us ride around a little on his board which was a nice treat. Let's just say his favorite word rhymed with duck, and was always low and very drawn out. So GrUnGe! After this, we made a trip to the flagship REI store to pick up some supplies for the trip. Derek and I are a little obsessed with this store and are still wondering why there isn't one in Florida (at least we have Bill Jacksons!). What else was there to do but stop at the Patagonia store? We picked up a Patagonia frisbee for the trip. After this, we rode over to the KEXP 90.3 Seattle radio station. The woodshop tech at UF streams this station in the woodshed everyday and I have come to love it! We were taken on a grand tour of the facilities, including the live in studio performance room. It takes a lot more than I thought to run a community supported, local radio station. Listen to it HERE. Up next was the University of Washington. I scheduled a meeting with the professors there to learn more about their graduate program. They have a very interdisciplinary program which I am very interested in called 3D4M. Learn more HERE. Jamie Walker and Doug Jeck were there teaching summer classes that just began. Doug and some of the grad students invited us back for a barbecue later on in the evening which we accepted. Good burgers! Riding to and from the UW was beautiful. We took a trail from downtown that winds around a huge body of water, over a great bridge and past a marina with a ton of boat houses that were nicer than I could believe. Without a bike, this would have been just an average commute in rush hour, but with Seattle's fantastic bicycle infrastructure, it was a dream! Once back downtown, like the tourists that we were, we stopped by the flagship Starbucks in Pikes Place Market just before closing time. It was still bright out at 9 pm. What a day!
Our final day in Seattle greeted us with another day full of sunshine and beautiful weather (I can't say I miss the heat and humidity of Florida). We went to a bakery for breakfast that Kristin had recommended called Macrina. We split and amazing, fancy-pants breakfast sandwich and an orange hazelnut pinwheel. So. Good. After breakfast, we took a trip to the Capitol Hill neighborhood as recommended by Doug. We had to ride up a massive hill, which made me realize what we were really in for on this tour! The neighborhood was really cool with interesting architecture and some fancy houses. We accidentally stumbled upon Volunteer Park which was absolutely amazing. It was a picturesque park that had a huge botanical greenhouse, a historical brick waterpower and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. We went into each of these and were very glad we did. There was a fantastic exhibit of Western Asian ikats. More info on these HERE. There was a HUGE tree, cute dogs and a nice mailman that took a letter for Derek. Straight out of a movie. After a Thai lunch at a restaurant on Broadway in Capitol Hill, we made another stop at REi, just on the bottom of the hill. We love that place… After REI, we decided to go check out Pottery Northwest, where Kristin is an artist in residence. It was a very nice clay center with great facilities (I can't wait to apply!). We had been joking about who was going to be the frost one to fall off our bikes due to our new clipless bike shoes and pedals, and sure enough it was me! We rode back to the sculpture park and went through the paths to see the art up close. What a gem for a city to have open to the public! While taking a break sitting on a hill looking at the Sound, there came a fleet of at least 100 sailboats. Once again, a scene out of a movie. We stopped at Belltown Pizza for dinner and enjoy the wonderful weather outside. After dinner, we decided to go see Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's new movie, at the movie theatre. This movie has not come out in Florida yet, bummer, so we got to see it here. I have to say, I think it is his best yet! I highly recommend it.
This morning, we woke up at 5:15 am, rode up another massive, long hill to drop off the keys at Kristin's and took off for the train station. We thought we might not make our 7 am train but we just made it in the nick of time. I am sitting on the train as I type on my way to Portland. I couldn't be more exited to see what this trips brings us next!
Peace Seasons! (This is an inside joke, don't worry about it.)