YOUR STORY #5: Exploring Seattle, WA, the Enchanted Emerald City
Posted on 05 July 2016
Exploring Seattle, WA, the Enchanted Emerald City
Hello, dear readers, to this latest installment of YOUR STORY! My name is O and today I’ll tell you about my recent trip to visit my friend, B, in Seattle, Washington.
If you’re hungry for fresh food, you can’t go wrong with Pike Place Market. Not only is it one of the oldest farmers markets in the US, you can explore nine acres of market stands, specialty shops, and the freshest fruits, vegetables, and seafood you can find.
Currently, Pike Place is undergoing renovations on the west side, soon to be completed the end of this year. Even so, there’s always a huge crowd that makes this place perfect for eating, shopping, and people-watching.
Head down to Seattle Center and you’ll find the gem of the city – the Space Needle. With an observation deck of 520 feet, it offers a gorgeous view of the entire city, if you don’t mind the height.
Of course, if you’re looking to get away from the crowds, stop by Volunteer Park. There’s a splendid view from the top of the Water Tower waiting to be discovered. Nearby you’ll find a conservatory, an Asian Art Museum, a reservoir and even a cemetery.
Here's my new Borah crossbody bag. The Heart Red color truly gives a fun pop to an outfit. It's even water-resistant, which is necessary in a rainy city like Seattle. Luckily, it was sunny that day.
On the next day, B took me to the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge. We caught a glimpse of the baby gorilla, Yola, taking a stroll with her mother. Meanwhile, the other gorillas were eating flowers tossed into the exhibit by zookeepers. For B and I, the highlight of the visit was seeing a male and female lion play-fight before taking their afternoon nap.
Afterwards, we made a quick stop to the hip, artsy neighborhood of Fremont for sweet delicious pie. No visit to Fremont is complete without seeing the Fremont Troll. It’s public art at its finest, full expression of creative freedom.
To cap off that day, we stopped by the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. It is the perfect place to view salmon swimming up the fish ladder to spawn. This usually happens every year from Mid-June to October, peaking in September. However changes in water temperature and flow can affect the number of salmon that make the journey home.
Finally, B and I rode on a ferry to Kingston from Edmonds. Compared to the ferries I’ve been on before, this was much bigger, and a more comfortable trip. We capped off the quick getaway with ice cream before we headed back to the other side.