Seattle, Washington has got to be one of America’s prettiest cities. The city’s downtown stands on the eastern side of the Puget Sound across a bay from Alki Beach where it is said the first European settlers, the Denny Party, landed in the fall of 1851 in a driving rain storm. From 1869 – 1982 Seattle was known as the Queen City and later as the Emerald City, signifying the lush evergreen trees everywhere in the city. Our favorite moniker, The Rain City, was on a T-Shirt that read, Rain City Festival January 1 through December 31!
We spent 20 fun filled days in the Seattle area visiting family, friends and seeing some of the sites. We stayed at Jackie and Butch’s acreage near Renton and close to Josh and Sarah’s in Lynnwood. We visited downtown Tacoma with it’s renovated buildings, South UW campus, Glass Blowers museum and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. We toured Pike’s Place Market, had a picnic at Alki Beach, and visited the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder with Jackie & Butch and his sister Marilyn & husband Dick who were visiting from Florida. One Friday evening we were invited to dinner at Boomer friends Vicky and Terry Webb’s house for a delicious salmon meal. We met Boomers Dick and Linnea Manning and had a wonderful time.
Going for walks, playing cards and dice games, sharing wonderful meals, meeting Lexi and holding our new granddaughter Julianna highlighted our time at Josh and Sarah’s. We also joined the family on their first geocaching adventure and met Lexi’s friend Tanner. Alison and Isaac have grown and changed since we last saw them a year ago and it is a joy to spent this precious time with all of them.
All too soon it was time to head south and east and leave Seattle behind. We will miss everyone but look forward to the next time we can all be together. We are in Toppenish this evening boondocking at the Legends Casino. Our plan is to head through Pendleton and Baker City, Oregon and on into Idaho and Utah. We’ll visit the National Parks in southern Utah and possibly go to the Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelley before heading to the Yuma area in November.