We had a lot of fun exploring some of the outskirts of Seattle in our rental car today. First we headed over to see the Fremont Troll. It was coming down pretty hard (atleast for this Californian girl) but the troll was under the bridge, so hey; no worries there.

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Next we headed over to the Gas Works Park. Unfortunately, the rain decided that 'now' was a good time for it to come down harder, despite how it affected our desire to be outside. It was so inconsiderate. ::sigh:: (LOL!) but we tromped around anyhow, exploring a little bit (and of course getting soaked!) You can actually see the rain in the picture. :-)


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After getting totally soaked, we ended up meandering around a little bit before ending up in Bellevue and grabbing some lunch. After Bellevue we headed down to Kubota Gardens. Luckily, it started to clear up while we were there, so while it was still wet; only my feet were really joining them in the party. I took a lot of pretty pictures that I'll put in an album later, but this one was one of my favorites.


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After we explored the park for a while, we headed over to Beacon Point and took in the view overlooking the city. It was super windy, but I love how this picture of Don and the city skyline turned out.

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After Beacon Point, we headed over to Hamilton Viepoint Park and walked around for a little while. It was still clear, although the wind had actually picked up even more. This was probably my favorite view of the city skyline that we saw today. The bay was just such a lovely blue, and the after-rain air was fairly crisp.

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After Hamilton Viewpoint, we continued on around the coast towards Alki Beach. The sun was starting to get ideas about setting, when I took this picture. I think it came out lovely.

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Now please keep in mind, that I'm blogging this from the hubby's laptop; which does not have any editing software or anything. Thank goodness for photobucket and their new editing features so that I could atleast resize! :-)


We had a lot of fun exploring some of the outskirts of Seattle in our rental car today. First we headed over to see the Fremont Troll. It was coming down pretty hard (atleast for this Californian girl) but the troll was under the bridge, so hey; no worries there.

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Next we headed over to the Gas Works Park. Unfortunately, the rain decided that 'now' was a good time for it to come down harder, despite how it affected our desire to be outside. It was so inconsiderate. ::sigh:: (LOL!) but we tromped around anyhow, exploring a little bit (and of course getting soaked!) You can actually see the rain in the picture. :-)


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After getting totally soaked, we ended up meandering around a little bit before ending up in Bellevue and grabbing some lunch. After Bellevue we headed down to Kubota Gardens. Luckily, it started to clear up while we were there, so while it was still wet; only my feet were really joining them in the party. I took a lot of pretty pictures that I'll put in an album later, but this one was one of my favorites.


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After we explored the park for a while, we headed over to Beacon Point and took in the view overlooking the city. It was super windy, but I love how this picture of Don and the city skyline turned out.

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After Beacon Point, we headed over to Hamilton Viepoint Park and walked around for a little while. It was still clear, although the wind had actually picked up even more. This was probably my favorite view of the city skyline that we saw today. The bay was just such a lovely blue, and the after-rain air was fairly crisp.

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After Hamilton Viewpoint, we continued on around the coast towards Alki Beach. The sun was starting to get ideas about setting, when I took this picture. I think it came out lovely.

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Now please keep in mind, that I'm blogging this from the hubby's laptop; which does not have any editing software or anything. Thank goodness for photobucket and their new editing features so that I could atleast resize! :-)


So today, I had intended to head over to Queen Anne to explore, but the guy at the front desk convinced me to try going up to Capitol Hill instead, which turned out to be (mostly) a bust; but I did get to go down and see the underground 'bus corridor' that Seattle has, which I probably never would have stumbled across on my own. It was completely weird seeing these buses driving ~underground~ but thats probably just my own bias. It was a pretty neat location.


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After I get up to Capitol Hill, I started walking around and I gotta say; I really wish I'd gone somewhere else. LOL. Maybe I was in the wrong area; but as I was walking around on Broadway, it was uh... kinda sketchy. And a lot of the storefronts were empty, and of the open stores; many of them were in the process of closing. I did however; see a statue of Jimi Hendrix, lol.

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The one shining spot in Capitol Hill was definitely, definitely, definitely the Vivace Espresso stand that I stopped at. At first I was disapointed... I ordered four shots and well... lets just say that compared to other coffee places, their four shots was more like one. A small one, at that. However, my complaints ceased the moment that nectar passed my lips. It was really, really good espresso. Really good. Like, change your life good. Like, it's a good thing there isn't one more conveniently located.


So today, I had intended to head over to Queen Anne to explore, but the guy at the front desk convinced me to try going up to Capitol Hill instead, which turned out to be (mostly) a bust; but I did get to go down and see the underground 'bus corridor' that Seattle has, which I probably never would have stumbled across on my own. It was completely weird seeing these buses driving ~underground~ but thats probably just my own bias. It was a pretty neat location.


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After I get up to Capitol Hill, I started walking around and I gotta say; I really wish I'd gone somewhere else. LOL. Maybe I was in the wrong area; but as I was walking around on Broadway, it was uh... kinda sketchy. And a lot of the storefronts were empty, and of the open stores; many of them were in the process of closing. I did however; see a statue of Jimi Hendrix, lol.

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The one shining spot in Capitol Hill was definitely, definitely, definitely the Vivace Espresso stand that I stopped at. At first I was disapointed... I ordered four shots and well... lets just say that compared to other coffee places, their four shots was more like one. A small one, at that. However, my complaints ceased the moment that nectar passed my lips. It was really, really good espresso. Really good. Like, change your life good. Like, it's a good thing there isn't one more conveniently located.

Seattle; Day 3

So; I had to return the rental car from yesterday at noon today. Before I did though, I took the opportunity to run out and pick up a new suitcase and a rolling laptop bag; so that we wouldn’t have to juggle two bags on the way back with the laptops. After all that running around though, I turned in the rental car and then asked the rental car shuttle service to take me to Ballard for a little local-flavor exploration. Fortunately, the weather was absolutely stunning today. Lots of sun and clear skies. I couldn’t believe my luck. Unfortunately, many of the shops and business were closed on mondays (meh!), but there were a few interesting places to explore.

I stopped in Archie McPhee’s and explored for a little while, which was interesting. There were so many odd things that I would never have thought would be in a regular store. :-) A little later I found a store called Dandelion Botanical Co. where I picked up a bar of spiced hand made soap that smells absolutely delish and a couple o little mermaid figures that were made by a local artist. I’m trying to make it a point to (mostly) buy things produced locally.

After Ballard, I took my first trip on the Seattle Mass-transit, taking bus number 17 to the Fremont Bridge and then walking across to look around in Fremont.

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After all the walking around earlier, I was really wanting some espresso. Now, I know that Seattle is the Starbucks capitol and all, but I got tell ya; I got a really big warm fuzzy seeing a little slice of home in the form of a Peet’s Coffee just on the other side of the Fremont Bridge. Starbucks is okay, I guess but honestly; Peet’s is better.

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I walked around some in Fremont, and found a really neat gallery called Frank and Dunya. Nothing really jumped out and said ‘take me home’, but it was fun nonetheless. It was about time for Mr. Man to finish up at work by then though, so I decided to head back to Pioneer Square and meet him to figure out what we were going to do this evening.

Since the weather seemed to be holding warm, pleasant and clear, we decided that it was a perfect time to go to the Space Needle. As we were walking up I managed to get this great perspective shot of the Needle.

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When we got to the top, we were treated to some fabulous clear views of the city; some of which I’ll try to post later; but here’s a nice one of us with the city skyline.

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