Visiting Seattle relatives and friends to Apr 1
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
241Trip End Mar 15, 2007
After a delicious lunch and conversation with their son who is just finishing school in a wonderful sounding work study program, we went out for a gorgeous walk around Green Park which took about 2 hours
Home again for some lovely tea and a cookie. Then we went out for dinner at a delicious restaurant called Jalisco Mexican Restaurants & Taqueria with some friends of theirs. A very nice evening had by all as most of us have done a fair amount of traveling and so had lots to talk about.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
It was a nasty wet day; however, I headed off to find my way to one of my online friends - Susan in Seattle. Managed to do some "exploring" meaning getting lost on my way as I turned left instead of right and wound up all twisted about in lovely large houses and little winding stream beds
After lunch, since the rain had abated, although it remained cloudy and threatening, we went for a tour. We circumnavigated the top of Queen Anne Hill for the quintessential Seattle view: Space Needle, downtown, harbor, and if the weather had been better, Mount Rainier. http://www.vrseattle.com/pages/browse.php?cat_id=146. Someone was shooting a video at that location but they finally left and let us peacefully watch a four-masted sailing ship (could have been a barque or a sloop) and a ferry passing.
The majority of the afternoon we spent at the Hiram Chittenden locks (called the Ballard locks by Seattleites). The two locks allow passage between the fresh-water Lake Washington and the (6- to 26-foot lower depending on tides) salt water of Puget Sound and we observed every kind of boat from a large weather-beaten Australian catamaran and towering crab boat to 21-foot sailboats. We also visited the viewing port of the fish ladder (empty of fish) and the gardens and saw cormorants and hummingbirds. We pondered the survival of pine on the western side of the mountains, and discussed the geological underpinnings of the landscape. They have a book at home which fleshed some of that out.
We continued to drive along Puget Sound to Golden Gardens (too early for the best sunset views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains) and after a brief stop at a Scandinavian store to pick up dessert for dinner (Verdens Beste) we headed for a favorite coffee shop, Diva Espresso. Biscotti and much better coffee than Starbucks revived us.
I happened to mention that I had never had a Krispy Kreme donut. It was practically on our way home to stop and see my favorite machine that proofs the donuts in individual platforms on a vertical belt that looks like it came from an ancient well, and then flips them in the fat and majestically slides them through a shimmering curtain of white sugar icing
We headed home in the gathering darkness for an incredibly delicious spring dinner of barbequed salmon prepared outside, risotto, avocado salad, beans, carrots, and asparagus. Their kitchen is a long wide affair with sufficient space to accommodate at least three food preparers (at least two preparation sinks, a huge 6 burner gas oven in the middle of one side, loads of cutting room) and they work like a well oiled machine - a gentle ballet as they cook, prepare, move about the kitchen not quite getting in each other's way. And the food was magnificent.