2009 was the year of Staycations--as they say, and I sure hope the trend continues into the years ahead. I mean, can you get anymore beauty in the world than you can right here at home?
Seattle is about a four hour drive from where we live--call me bias--but I think it may be the most beautiful, clean big-city in the country.
Our vacation began, as most Seattle vacations do, with Pikes Market--the historic fish/ flower market in downtown. Beneath the upper level of fish and flower vendors are little shops--bookstores, antique stores, trinkets for sale.
More images of Pike's Place Market....
We were able to get Forsytha in bloom--my favorite! If you kept up with my gardening blog last Spring, you'll know that I planted four along the east side of the house.
Here's our self-portrait--very touristy as you can see.
It was Valentine's Day--my daughter's birthday, and the Chinese New Year! Wow! As we entered the Wild Ginger for dinner, we were entertained by this troop of dragons dancing to an aggressive drum beat. (Short video below). It was VERY cool.
My favorite building may be the Rainier Tower on 5th. It's supported by a thin pedestal--quite a feat of engineering. I captured it below in video so that you can really see how stunning it looks when you stand beneath.
Here's the Rainier Tower:
Here's video of the exciting dancing dragons:
And last, we drove to see Magic at the trainer's place in Enumclaw, Washington. It's nestled at the foot of Mt. Rainier. As a side note, I was born in Tacoma--or Dacoma, as I wrote in my 3rd grade essay about my life. Here I've come full circle, back to the Mountain of my birth.
Not bad, a ranch with that kind of view. All of Enumclaw seems to enjoy the same picturesque surrounding. It's all flat land and opens up for everyone to see--I think of it as a generous view--rather than a stingy one--that only a few select homes get to enjoy.
If you haven't already, think about visiting Seattle sometime--you'll love it! Make sure you stay downtown. We stayed at the Red Lion on 5th which was an easy walking distance to all of the sites you'd want to see, but you could just as easily drive in for the day, park, and stay somewhere outside of the city....like Enumclaw, less than an hour away in the countryside.