Hi! How is your week going so far?
Last week my sister came to visit Ryan and I, which was so much fun! There is so many places to see and things to do around Seattle and the Cascades that we squeezed as much as we could into her four days here, only to think of more things we should have done.
On Friday, we attempted to go downtown. Seattle got hit by pouring rain. Despite what you hear, most of the rain in Seattle is a light drizzle. Pouring rain completely deviates from the norm, and as a result traffic became incredibly backed up. It normally takes us about half an hour to get downtown, (we thankfully don’t have to cross Lake Washington), but on Friday evening it took us 90 minutes to drive all of 25 miles. Once we arrived downtown, we discovered that the Pike Place Public Market was closed for a special event!
That’s when beer comes to the rescue. We all went to The Pike Brewing and enjoyed a delicious dinner (and beers for those of us over 21).
Seattle knows their German food. Mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, grainy mustard sausage, and two pale ales actually made for a really good dinner for the night before my longest run to date (16 miles!).
Saturday, after my long run, the four of us (Charlie, of course!) visited Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascades. It was only about a 45 minute drive from Bothell and definitely worth the visit. First, we viewed the falls from a lookout point and then took a short hike (no more than a mile) down to the river bed, where we were able to get a closer look at the falls. Unlike Bridal Veil Falls, we couldn’t get right under these, although we certainly saw people trying!
After visiting Snoqualmie, we decided to drive down to Mount Rainer National Park. It was so cloudy, though, that we were not able to see Rainier well until our drive home! We were pretty much right next the to the mountains the whole time, but could not see it due to the poor visibility, which was a bit of a disappointment.
On Sunday, the sun finally showed up so we went downtown again to see the Space Needle, tour the Pike Place Market, and enjoy some seafood. Downtown was extra crowded due to end of summer tourists and Hempfest (and no, we did not go anywhere near that, the smell of pot alone makes me sick).
In the evening, we decided to explore the Eastside a bit. There are so many great wineries, trails, and parks in Bothell, Woodinville, and Redmond. As much as I love downtown Seattle, I really love the Eastside. Granted, I’m biased since I run on the Eastside trails every day, but seriously, it’s ridiculously beautiful.
After walking along the Sammamish River Trail through the Columbia Valley, we took Charlie to the off-leash dog park at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Charlie, needless to say, was ecstatic, especially once he made friends with a Shiba Inu/Pug mix and an English Bulldog puppy. They ran around and played for the better part of an hour until they were all exhausted!
On Monday, after dropping my sister off at the airport, Charlie and I met up with one of my bridesmaids and her cousin for some hiking in the Issaquah Alps. Of course, I totally forgot to take photos, but we had such a fun time and I was so glad to see my friend while she was in town!
Today I’ll be linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
Questions of the Day:
Have you ever visited Seattle? What was your favorite part?
Do you own a dog? What’s his/her name and breed?
What’s your favorite winery? —-> Since my mom used to live on the Eastside of Seattle (Bellevue), she had been to Chateau Ste. Michelle before and it was the wine she got me for my 21st birthday. I love their wine!