The past few days, I had a wonderful visit with my sisters. They flew into SEA-TAC on Saturday, July 4th and departed on Wednesday, July 8th. We only had a few days, so we packed as much as we could into those few days. Saturday, I took them to the Seattle Aquarium, which is located about a block away from my apartment right on the waterfront. I must admit, we were a little disappointed in the aquarium. I had heard that it was awesome; but when we got there, it was very small and didn’t offer that many exhibits. However, they did have Northern Fur Seals and Sea Otters that were very cute and entertaining. Our favorite part was not even in the aquarium. We were standing on the pier eating our rock candy, when we happened to glance down into the water. There in the Puget Sound were jellyfish swimming around “in the wild”. It was the coolest thing!
After we went to the aquarium, we spent the rest of the evening walking along the waterfront going into the many different souvenir and curiosity shops. I think that they really helped boost Seattle’s economy. 🙂
On Sunday, we drove out to the Olympic Peninsula, by way of a short ferry ride. On the way, we drove by Crescent Lake, which is the bluest lake I have ever seen. We pulled over to the side of the road to take pictures, and there was a mama deer and her two fawns with her. They were so cute!
We drove through Forks, the Home of Twilight. Then we wanted to visit First Beach at La Push. I took a couple of wrong turns along the way so we had a slight detour to Rialto Beach first. After we made it out to First Beach, we realized that we should have brought our jackets along. It was frigid! We only stayed out on the beach for about 30-45 minutes, but by the time we got back to the car, we could no longer feel our hands and feet. The temperature couldn’t have been over 50 degrees. We were dressed in our capris and flip flops, while everyone else (who obviously were from the area) were dressed in their winter coats. Somone had even lit a fire on the beach out of the driftwood. We turned the heat on full blast when we made it back to the car. I got some rocks for Kristin, and we hunted for shells and cool pieces of driftwood.
On Monday, I had to work so they took the opportunity to explore downtown Seattle a little bit. I got home around 4:30, so we took the MOnorail out to Seattle Center, so that they could go up into the Space Needle. I opted out since I have already been, and will probably go a couple more times when my parents come up in August. We then walked down to the Olympic Sculpture Park. There were a lot of really cool pieces of oversized art in the park. We took our time walking around and taking pictures. Afterwards we ate supper at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Yummy!
On Tuesday, I was able to get off at noon, so I packed the whole day full of activities. First, we walked to Pioneer Square, which is where Seattle originated. They have some cool statues and totem poles. Then we went to PIke Place Market. I will never get tired of going to the market. They have so many things to see, and everyday there are new vendors that have set up shop. While we were there, we bought some fresh salmon so that we could have some for supper that night. It was delicious!! Worth every penny! We then drove to see the Troll under the Aurora Bridge. We weren’t able to get great pictures, because there were a bunch of kids climbing all over it. We drove through Fremont and were able to get pictures of the Lenin statue and the traveler’s statue. We went out to the Ballard Locks and the Fish Ladder. It was incredible! A huge barge and tug boat came through the large locks while we were there. And when we went to the Fish Ladder, we were able to see lots of salmon (Sorry Kristin!) It was very neat. They flew back home on Wednesday. We had a great time while they were here!