Seattle, WA

August 1-4, 2017

  Hello World, Aileen’s driver here. Due to the fact that I was the “lead dog” on the questionable decision making, Aileen decided I should write this entry, and I happily obliged.      We made a reservation 6 months ago at the closest (to downtown) RV park near Seattle, it is called Vasa Park and is situation on Lake Sammamish. There was a lot of people packed in but we had nice neighbors and most importantly ELECTRICITY! Moose loved it here for that reason alone. Vasa Park was still 15 miles away from the downtown core, overall about a 25 minute drive. After arriving and settling in, we headed straight for Pike’s Market. Pikes Market is at the core of downtown Seattle, it is a really cool place and famous for its flying fish market, where the staff throw salmon and yell loudly. It was super high on my list for Seattle because back at Coppell Middle School East, it is famous for explaining the Fish Philosophy. When we made it to Pike’s Market it was very cool!  We explored the flying fish and all of the great places in and around the market. We also checked out the original Starbucks which was swamped with people. We patiently watched and snapped a few photos, it was cool but wow people were almost in a frenzy and waiting soooo long just to place an order. We explored all around and ate local (amazing) pastries and sandwiches.  Before we left, I was sure to send a text to Springer!!!!!

Hello World, Aileen’s driver here. Due to the fact that I was the “lead dog” on the questionable decision making, Aileen decided I should write this entry, and I happily obliged.  

We made a reservation 6 months ago at the closest (to downtown) RV park near Seattle, it is called Vasa Park and is situation on Lake Sammamish. There was a lot of people packed in but we had nice neighbors and most importantly ELECTRICITY! Moose loved it here for that reason alone. Vasa Park was still 15 miles away from the downtown core, overall about a 25 minute drive. After arriving and settling in, we headed straight for Pike’s Market. Pikes Market is at the core of downtown Seattle, it is a really cool place and famous for its flying fish market, where the staff throw salmon and yell loudly. It was super high on my list for Seattle because back at Coppell Middle School East, it is famous for explaining the Fish Philosophy. When we made it to Pike’s Market it was very cool!  We explored the flying fish and all of the great places in and around the market. We also checked out the original Starbucks which was swamped with people. We patiently watched and snapped a few photos, it was cool but wow people were almost in a frenzy and waiting soooo long just to place an order. We explored all around and ate local (amazing) pastries and sandwiches.  Before we left, I was sure to send a text to Springer!!!!!

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Before arriving in Seattle we received a tip to take a water taxi from the downtown core across the Puget Sound to West Seattle. We were told the boat ride is fun along with great views of Seattle and the Space Needle. So, after the Market, we found the ferry and cruised out into the Puget sound- it was glorious, just as explained.  We poked around a little bit once we arrived, but not long after we bought our return tickets and quickly snagged an order of kimchi quesadillas from the ocean-side restaurant.

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We got our to-go order just in time and quickly got in line for the ferry.  *please shield children from this section as it has questionable decision making* While in line, on the dock, Aileen and I begin to admire a nearby boat. Immediately after that, the owner and his friend hop on board. I compliment him on his vessel and we joke around for about 30 seconds. I then ask them where they are headed and they explain they are heading to scout out a potential camping spot on a nearby island…. “Wanna come” they ask?  

I believe I pondered the question for under 1 full second and then with little to no hesitation I happily agree to embark on a boat, in the ocean, to a island, with strangers, in a very unfamiliar area.  Aileen is happy to join too but just after we pull away she gives me that look that says, “Brillo, I really hope this ends well.”

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After getting to know one another (while we are on their boat speeding off into the ocean) Aileen and I realize that we have met two really kind and genuine guys who proceed to lead us on a 3+ hour wonderful adventure all around the Puget Sound. Kelly and Curt, who live with their families on Bainbridge Island, were awesome to say the least.  We started the journey by cruising out to the potential camping spot previously discussed, it was a beautiful kayaking camping spot that Kelly was planning on paddling to in a few days.  We then set off to see more of the area, Curt captained us to his local seal spotting location where, upon arrival, we were all shocked by a beautiful bald eagle perched on a pole.  We were able to cruise right up to the eagle and seals, side bonus: baby seals!  The adventure rolled on, we continue to cruise around, the sun is close to setting and the sky is beautiful.  While driving we see porpoises as well.  After a wonderful cruise around and enjoying the evening, Kelly and Curt take us to a few of their crab pots they have set out near their home.  We all took turns pulling pots, it was so cool!  We eventually find two huge dungeness crabs and Curt helps me shove them into my backpack for the journey home.  It was a wonderful experiences and we are very grateful to Kelly and Curt for their genuine nature and hospitality.

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The adventure never slowed, because the boat ride ended with our boat being escorted by the Navy (due to seafare week in Seattle) into a dock directly into the heart of downtown Seattle.  Once we made it to the dock, we graciously thanked them and ventured off.  I remember watching the boat pull away while feeling the crabs jostling around in my bag. We found our car, drove home and proceeded to cook and eat the crab at 10:30pm in our trailer.  Think of this: Me, Aileen, Moose and two big crabs all in our tiny trailer!  I could barley fit the crabs in the pot and you could smell crab from about 10ft all around the oustide of the trailer!  It was a memorable day to say the least!

  Thanks driver! Back to your regular captain of the blog here!    The next day we decided to venture on a biking trip into the downtown Seattle area. As David had mentioned we were staying about 15 miles away, but we wanted to be overachievers and go the 17 mile trek to checkout some breweries and restaurants in the Fremont area - someone we met at Grand Teton had recommended some specific places to go. So, we set off on our bikes that afternoon, just as the hottest part of the day was approaching, in the unusual heat wave and temperatures in the high 90’s. According to google maps, it should only take us 1.5 hours to get to our first beer of the day….Well, 3.5 hours later, after countless hills, depleted legs and heat exhaustion we took the first of many sips of ice cold beer! The bike ride was fun but I think if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we may have reconsidered, it was a challenge for sure! Later that evening we met our friend Wes (featured in our Dublin blog), who coincidentally was on a business trip. We had dinner and continued rewarding our hard work from biking, with beer! Cheers! The last pub we stopped at that evening, we sat beside a group of Sailors from the ship docked in the harbor, it was really cool to meet them all and chat about life in the Navy. Now, I’m sure you’re concerned with how we got home after a 17 mile bike ride and an afternoon/evening of drinking. Well, fear no more, we got the bus. Although it was about 11:30 pm and once we got off the bus we still had about a mile to bike back to the campground….with no lights - another great decision in the books for Seattle!    On our last day in Seattle, we did a little more exploring, we made some good decisions and went to the library! We ate some more great food and were home in bed at a much more reasonable time! Seattle brought out our more adventurous sides and we liked it! Next stop Vancouver, Canada.

Thanks driver! Back to your regular captain of the blog here!

The next day we decided to venture on a biking trip into the downtown Seattle area. As David had mentioned we were staying about 15 miles away, but we wanted to be overachievers and go the 17 mile trek to checkout some breweries and restaurants in the Fremont area - someone we met at Grand Teton had recommended some specific places to go. So, we set off on our bikes that afternoon, just as the hottest part of the day was approaching, in the unusual heat wave and temperatures in the high 90’s. According to google maps, it should only take us 1.5 hours to get to our first beer of the day….Well, 3.5 hours later, after countless hills, depleted legs and heat exhaustion we took the first of many sips of ice cold beer! The bike ride was fun but I think if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we may have reconsidered, it was a challenge for sure! Later that evening we met our friend Wes (featured in our Dublin blog), who coincidentally was on a business trip. We had dinner and continued rewarding our hard work from biking, with beer! Cheers! The last pub we stopped at that evening, we sat beside a group of Sailors from the ship docked in the harbor, it was really cool to meet them all and chat about life in the Navy. Now, I’m sure you’re concerned with how we got home after a 17 mile bike ride and an afternoon/evening of drinking. Well, fear no more, we got the bus. Although it was about 11:30 pm and once we got off the bus we still had about a mile to bike back to the campground….with no lights - another great decision in the books for Seattle!

On our last day in Seattle, we did a little more exploring, we made some good decisions and went to the library! We ate some more great food and were home in bed at a much more reasonable time! Seattle brought out our more adventurous sides and we liked it! Next stop Vancouver, Canada.