“4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” ~ Psalm 95:4-5 (ESV)

These verses were illustrated in living color and texture last week as the Optometrist and I journeyed to and through the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington.

This was our first big trip we’ve taken together since getting married, with the goal being for my husband to attend Optometry’s Meeting. Although we originally thought we might vacation to Washington, D.C., I got to be his “plus 1” and bonafide travel buddy. So we swapped one Washington for another!

Highlights from the trip included:

  • Flight over the Rocky Mountains
  • Dinner at Duke’s Chowder House on South Lake Union with friends who live in the area. Eating fish & chips overlooking the water was a perfect first meal in Seattle.
  • The Seattle Aquarium. This octopus was fished from the bay just outside of the aquarium – a local specimen! We also loved the puffins, sea lions, and sea otters.

  • Mariners vs. Royals game. Yes, I proudly wore my Cardinals hat.

  • Century 21 Exposition Tower. Better known as the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

  • Chihuly Museum of Garden and Glass. The whimsy, uniqueness, and colorful other-worldliness of Dale Chihuly’s vibrant works inside and outside of the museum are spectacular.

  • Pacific Science Center. While we thought this museum was a bit dated, we did enjoy the variety of educational opportunities it provided to children: sea life, human anatomy, dinosaurs, and space exploration, among others.
  • Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum. We enjoyed the variety of pop culture, science fiction, film, and music memorabilia in their permanent collection. On display through October, and a great delight to the Optometrist, was seeing original costumes worn in the Star Wars movies.
  • Pike Place Market. We bought fresh Rainier cherries, fresh seafood from the fish market, and visited the original Starbucks store. All were delicious!
      
  • Argosy Harbor Cruise. This was definitely one of our favorite parts of the trip, taking a hour-long cruise around Elliott Bay (Puget Sound/Pacific Ocean) to learn about buildings seen along the skyline, local history, the shipping industry, AND to see the spectacular Mt. Rainier. Our tour guide shared that it’s only visible about 50 days of the year, so we felt like this was an extra special gift to see it so clearly and beautifully.
  • Seattle Public Library. Of course the librarian would spend part of her vacation visiting this gorgeous and modern hub of learning in the heart of the city.
  • Columbia Tower. After comparing notes at the end of our trip, this was our favorite memory: eating a light dinner on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Tower, the tallest building in Seattle, where we had an almost 360 degree view of Seattle, the surrounding Olympic mountains to the west, the Cascade mountains to the east, and once again, Mt. Rainier.
     
  • Double feature movie day: Inside Out and Jurassic World. While the two of these cannot be compared because of their inherent differences, we loved the depth of emotions evoked in Inside Out, especially the Pixar short Lava, as well as the fun and action suspense in Jurassic World.
     

A helpful travel tip: During our preparations we purchased a City Pass, which gave us entry into 5 popular local destinations and saved us about 50% of the cost of paying admission to these independently. We loved this bargain bundle and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Seattle, or other large cities where City Pass is available.

And while we loved Seattle, made lasting memories, determined we would love to return someday, and look forward to other travel opportunities in the meantime, Dorothy Gale said it best, “There’s no place like home.”

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