in Seattle



After beating the blizzard, I arrived in Seattle around noon on Saturday.  I met Denise at the baggage claim, rented a car and we hit the road.  We headed to Anacortes, crossed Deception Pass and stopped anywhere that looked pretty along the way.

I am stunned.  Washington state, from what I’ve seen is what I imagine Hawaii to be, only instead of blue skies, it’s unmistakably grey.  Shocked at how close we were to the Canadian border, it was hard to ignore the fact we both had our passports with us (but no rental car papers to cross through the check point).  We continued on to drive through all of Whidbey Island, stopped at a Marina next to the Naval Base.  From there, we caught the (car) ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo and then another hour or so back to return the car.  It was a whirlwind mini-road trip and the two NYers at times probably looked as though we’d stepped foot on another planet.  At times it felt like it, I’m still trying to identify the seaweed I found one of the beaches…and there were plenty of trees we’d never seen anything like.

Second day here, had the yummiest brunch at the Space Needle, where we did at least 3 revolutions, giving us a 360 view of the city and the mountains and volcanoes around it.  Opting out of an afternoon of shopping, I walked around Queen Anne, which humbled my knees (and lungs).  I got back to the hotel to change rooms (a huge air compressor out of window kept me up all night) and watched as a seaplane landed right in front of me.  Tonight promises to bring us to Pike Place Market for dinner and then tomorrow the work begins.