My husband and I recently took a trip to Seattle, sans kids. While he was stuck in conferences all day I got to be a cheesy Seattle tourist, and I loved it! I've gotten out of the habit of posting photography other than my private family blog but decided to carve out some time (not as easy as it sounds sometimes) and actually share some of it again here, partly because Facebook compression continues to suck as bad as ever.
We road tripped from Northern California. It was a nice temporary break slowing down and having no one to entertain or make bathroom breaks for besides ourselves. And the views were endlessly lovely.
These couple of photos make me want to go on another road trip already.
We had a blast staying downtown. It was such a fun city to walk and tour.
Had to visit the iconic Pike's Place Market.
There was so much to see, so many sights and smells to take in all around.
The flowers were so gorgeous and fragrant, and as you walked along you were welcomed by so many different fragrances...
...and so many beautiful colors.
Loved what this Mennonite woman did for my pasta shot.
These are not tastes or smells I can appreciate. Ha! I'm going to stick with visual appreciation of these specimens.
I was surprised by their showmanship. They are definitely entertainers. Lots of calling out to the crowd and hollering to each other.
I definitely felt like I needed to bathe in hand sanitizer after walking through the gum wall alley. Ha! Glad we stumbled on it though and did all the cliche tourist stuff.
My friend and I took a boat tour on a non-rainy day in Seattle during Pride month. Pretty good combination.
View from outside the Glass Museum.
The Glass Museum and Dale Chihuly's work was so mesmerizing. My friend and I gasped each time we turned a corner and peeked into the next room.
Ignore how crooked this photo is for a second and just admire the ceiling and the rainbow walls. Ahh! So beautiful.
A view above my head.
These boats seemed so magical.
The caption said they were inspired by a time Chihuly was floating glass balls in a river to test an installation idea and saw some kids gathering them in their canoe.
You can kind of see a person in there for size.
Such beautiful detail.
Space Needle reflection in the gardens.
Seattle Art Museum
I always roll my eyes a bit when people walk around zoos and aquariums and snap pics they'll never look at again of animals rather than just looking at them with their eyes. Butttt then I kind of did the exact same thing at the museums I went to, so apologies if these are incredibly boring to everyone except me.
It felt so renewing taking in so much art in one week, a luxury that doesn't happen often at this stage of my life.
Rothko! (And my friend Lorraine.)
I thought this was such a moving self-portrait.
Detail from the above painting.
Detail from the above painting.
Love seeing all the texture and strokes.
I thought I would have so much time on this trip to sit and read, but as it turns out there's a lot to see in Seattle that I couldn't pass up, so I only had a couple of hours of dedicated reading time after all, but I loved every minute of it.
Deep in thought, 34 floors up.
One of the days I was up there, I met up with my sister in the tiny peninsula town of Point Townsend, WA where we toured around for a day.
Boat details -- door, helm. Just snapped this one photo really quick so as not to be a creeper to the people actually working on it.
We managed to lift a few of these massive links, but that's about it.
Such a beautiful ledge.
Doors of Point Townsend
The theme of the week. One of the artists whose work hung in this gallery took a few minutes and opened up to me about the postpartum depression she experienced when her daughter was born a couple decades ago, and how many years she let pass between that time when she began her artistic training and when she finally picked it back up again. She clearly recognized my artistic desires and inclinations vs. my time constraints.
Light house hunting as usual.
This bird had a lot to say.
My sister taking it all in.
These falls were beautiful. It didn't require more effort than parking and walking up to a railing, so it was kind of crowded, but still impressive.
After Snoqualmie, I headed to some different falls that actually required a hike.
I've had a fascination with ferns since I was a kid.
Sorry, childhood friends, who had to watch Ferngully every single time I went to your house.