Seattle and San Juan Island

Seattle skyline (panorama taken from Kite Hill in Gas Works Park)

Seattle skyline (panorama taken from Kite Hill in Gas Works Park)

Seattle

Since we will not travel to Hawaii until 2020 but we still wanted to see our youngest, we flews to Seattle on Saturday, April 13, and met Eric who had arrived from Honolulu a couple of hours or so earlier. We used the afternoon and evening to explore the city; in particular we spent some time at the Pike Place Market (where, among other things, we saw the first ever Starbucks) and the Spheres at Amazon headquarters.

We continued our sightseeing on Monday (more about Sunday's activities below). The weather was glorious: sunshine and blue skies interspersed with white clouds; from the comments of the locals, we gathered that this was rather unusual. We explored Space Needle Park and the Ballard locks before meeting Eric's friends Travis and Beth for brunch. We then paid the Fremont Troll a visit and walked from there to Gas Works Park. Eric spent the evening with his friends while we went to see the beautiful (inside and out!) Seattle library and made it an early night after an excellent Thai dinner in a tiny, unassuming place not too far from our hotel.


Pike Place Market Inside the market

Pike Place Market

Inside the market


Fish for sale Along Pike Place The Westin Seattle

Fish for sale

Along Pike Place

The Westin Seattle


Looking down Pike Street Denny Park

Looking down Pike Street

Denny Park


The Spheres at Amazon Headquarters Inside one of the spheres

The Spheres at Amazon Headquarters

Inside one of the spheres


The view from 7th Avenue The Seattle Space Needle A different view

The view from 7th Avenue

The Seattle Space Needle

A different view


Dan Corso's 'Sonic Bloom' in Space Needle Park Alexander Liberman's 'Olympic Iliad' in Space Needle Park

Dan Corso's Sonic Bloom in Space Needle Park

Alexander Liberman's Olympic Iliad in Space Needle Park


Looking from the Lockhaven dam to the railway bridge The Ballard Locks

Looking from the Lockhaven dam to the railway bridge

The Ballard Locks


View from Commodore Park to the Ballard locks The Fremont Troll beneath the Aurora Bridge (the VW bug is real!)

View from Commodore Park to the Ballard locks

The Fremont Troll beneath the Aurora Bridge (the VW bug is real!)


View under the Aurora Bridge In Gas Works Park A closer look

View under the Aurora Bridge

In Gas Works Park

A closer look


In Gas Works Park Gas Works Park view

In Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park view


House boats seen from Gas Works Park across Lake Union Seattle skyline seen from N. Northlake Way

House boats seen from Gas Works Park across Lake Union

Seattle skyline seen from N. Northlake Way


The Seattle Public Library Inside the library

The Seattle Public Library

Inside the library

San Juan Island

Beth and Travis were kind enough to lend us a car, so on Sunday, the day after we arrived in Seattle, Eric drove us to Anacortes, a roughly two-hour drive. We parked the car and took a ferry (the M/V Sealth) to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, a crossing that took just over an hour. San Juan Island was a revelation to us; before taking this trip, we hadn't even known that this place existed. And what a visual treat it was!

We first explored Friday Harbor (named after a certain Joseph Poalie Friday) before taking a cab across the island to Lime Kiln Point State Park. We spent a couple of hours there admiring the scenery and keeping an eye out for whales—sadly in vain. We then headed back to Friday Harbor, had a tasty seafood (what else?) lunch at a place called The Hungry Clam, and took the ferry back to Anacortes from where Eric drove us back to Seattle.


Leaving Anacortes on a WSF to San Juan Island Just over an hour later, we arrive at Friday Harbor

Leaving Anacortes on a WSF to San Juan Island

Just over an hour later, we arrive at Friday Harbor


We have arrived at our destination Admiring the harbor from Memorial Park

We have arrived at our destination

Admiring the harbor from Memorial Park


On Spring Street, Friday Harbor's main street The other side of Spring Street

On Spring Street, Friday Harbor's main street

The other side of Spring Street


Front Street by Memorial Park Looking down First Street

Front Street by Memorial Park

Looking down First Street


The coastline at Lime Kiln Point State Park At Lime Kiln Point State Park

The coastline at Lime Kiln Point State Park

At Lime Kiln Point State Park


Rugged terrain Looking towards the Lime Kiln Light

Rugged terrain

Looking towards the Lime Kiln Light


The Lime Kiln Light In Lime Kiln Point State Park

The Lime Kiln Light

In Lime Kiln Point State Park


In Lime Kiln Point State Park In Lime Kiln Point State Park Leaving Friday Harbor

In Lime Kiln Point State Park

In Lime Kiln Point State Park

Leaving Friday Harbor


Briefly stopping at Lopez Island on the way back to Anacortes Sailing past Decatur Island

Briefly stopping at Lopez Island on the way back to Anacortes

Sailing past Decatur Island


All photos on this page were taken between April 13 and 16, 2019




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