5 days in Seattle, WA

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My host's laying hens in Wallingford

So I arrived in Seattle the afternoon of 5/27/09.  After picking up my rental car, I headed to Wallingford where I had made plans to stay with one of my travel hosts.  This was an interesting community home.  The host had three house mates, 2 ducks, 2 laying hens and 3 chickens.  My travel partner and I slept in the basement room with the chickens!  The next day, I took a bus to downtown Seattle.  I walked over to Pier 55 to catch Agrosy Cruise to visit Tillicum Village on Blake Island.  This is a cute, little Indian village where they served a scrumptuous salmon dinner and a live performance.  The next day my travel partner and browsed around Pioneer Historic District then we had lunch at the Space Needle .

  Afterwards, we took the local ferry over to Bainbridge Island just to browse around the quaint shops.  I was very impressed with these ferries to see how huge they were and how well equipped they were with their seating areas, lounges, cafeterias, gift shops etc. There were many people who commute between Seattle and Bainbridge Island and the ferries ran on the hour and were right on time.  Upon return to the ferry dock, we browsed around Pike's Market.  It was here that we saw the fish vendors tossing the fish from one person to the next..whoa!  The next day, I drove down to Mt. St. Helens to see the volcano.  On the way back, I stopped at Kerry Park (top of hill) which was located in the Queen Anne neighborhood, to take in the night view of the city.  On our last day (5/31) we took our host to breakfast at the Wild Mountain Cafe where the home made cinnamon rolls were to die for!  We said our goodbyes and my travel partner and I went our separate ways.
Kerry Park in Queen Anne Neighborhood
  I then drove to Anacortes and boarded the car ferry to Orcas Island.  Once on Orcas Island, I took a whale watching tour through Deer Harbor Charters to see the Orcas whales.  After the tour, I drove to Moran State Park and took the tiny road heading to Mt. Consitution.  Amost half the way, I was stopped by another motorist who told me that there was a fire up there and the road was closed.  Since this was a good turn around spot, I turned around and headed back to the car ferry and boarded the ferry back to Anacortes.  From Anacortes, I drove to Bellingham (15 minutes N of Anacortes) to spend the night  with another travel host.
The Bellingham gang

This host couple from Bellingham were the most gracious hosts.  They had a beautiful, huge home on a very large property and were having a picnic.  They made me feel right at home and it was as if I have known them all my life.  I stayed in their lovely guest room.  There was another couple visiting them as well who stayed in another guest room.  In the morning they prepared us breakfast and we sat on the patio ate breakfast and visited.  After breakfast we went for a walk on the trail behind their home that led to a nearby lake.  I then said my goodbye and headed towards the Canadian border.

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The baggage claim at Seattle Airport...no chance of missing it!

I really was not plannig a trip to Seattle nor Vancouver but I met this woman who was looking for a travel partner to visit these areas to celebrate one of those big birthdays!  Since I had a lot of vacation time on my hands and I have never visited these areas, I thought why not.  So after doing some research of both cities, I began to get excited about making the trip.  The problem is to decide how much time to allocate to the trip and how much time to spend in each city.  So then the decision was made to spend five days in each city.  The first leg of the trip will be spent with my new travel partner and the 2nd leg will be spent alone. 

This was a good thing since I did not know how well we'd get along.  As the days got closer to the departure date, I realized that my travel partner just wanted someone to share the hotel expenses with but pretty much wanted to sightsee on her own.  This was not quite what my expectations of a travel partner would be but then I had already booked the non-refundable airfare, requested vacation time off from work and my mind was set on vacation mode.  Oh well, I am an independent person so I will work with it and I have made up my mind that I am going to have a great visit no matter what.  So I decided to put together a temporary itinerary of the cities.            

My hosts laying hens in Wallingfo…
My host's laying hens in Wallingf…
Kerry Park in Queen Anne Neighborh…
Kerry Park in Queen Anne Neighbor…
The Bellingham gang
The Bellingham gang
The baggage claim at Seattle Airpo…
The baggage claim at Seattle Airp…
Sidewalk tree in Wallingford
Sidewalk tree in Wallingford
Neighborhood flowers - Wallingford
Neighborhood flowers - Wallingford
Poppy grown on sidewalk - Wallingf…
Poppy grown on sidewalk - Walling…
Trees of Willingford
Trees of Willingford
Another interesting tree in Wallin…
Another interesting tree in Walli…
Nicely landscaped home in Wallingf…
Nicely landscaped home in Walling…
View of downtown Seattle from Kerr…
View of downtown Seattle from Ker…
Sculpture in Pioneer Historic Park
Sculpture in Pioneer Historic Park
Totem poles in Pioneer Historic Pa…
Totem poles in Pioneer Historic P…
Glass studio in Pioneer Historic P…
Glass studio in Pioneer Historic …
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens
Art Museum - downtown Seattle
Art Museum - downtown Seattle
Sculpture Garden - across from Sea…
Sculpture Garden - across from Se…
The Wave sculptures
The "Wave" sculptures
lunch at the Space Needle
lunch at the Space Needle
View from space needle
View from space needle
reflective glass on the observatio…
reflective glass on the observati…
Glass studio
Glass studio
Ferry ramp
Ferry ramp
Inside ferry
Inside ferry
ferry dock
ferry dock
Wild Mountain Cafe - Wallingford
Wild Mountain Cafe - Wallingford
Freemont Troll
Freemont Troll
Freemont Bridge
Freemont Bridge
Cruise to Tillicum Village on Blak…
Cruise to Tillicum Village on Bla…
Indian greeter at Tillicum Village
Indian greeter at Tillicum Village
Roasted salmon Indian style
Roasted salmon Indian style
Performance at Tillicum Village
Performance at Tillicum Village
Outside grounds at Tillicum Village
Outside grounds at Tillicum Village
Looks like the woodpecker had a ba…
Looks like the woodpecker had a b…
Cruise ship heading to Alaska
Cruise ship heading to Alaska
On the Pier
On the Pier
Drummer on the Pier
Drummer on the Pier
Outdoor festival at Pikes Market
Outdoor festival at Pike's Market
1st Starbucks opened here
1st Starbucks opened here
Our photographer at the lake
Our photographer at the lake
You pay for the gas in this blue m…
You pay for the gas in this blue …
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