Seattle in 12 Hours!

I realized early last week that Friday was a holiday, meaning I would have another day off in addition to my normal Thursdays free from work and school. I had mentioned to a few of the girls in my class that we could rent a car and drive down to Seattle just for the day. I figured if we hit the road early enough we could spend the majority of the day there, plus the weather was forecasted to be fantastic so we could enjoy the drive there and back.

I had heard a lot of great things about Seattle, and being so close in Vancouver it’s an opportunity I wanted to take advantage of while living here. The day started out great! We left the airport around 8:30am thinking we could make it there by around 12:30pm. I figured the line up at the border would be long, given it was Easter weekend but I didn’t expect to spend an hour and a half waiting in traffic. Just when we thought we turned the corner where we could see the gates we would hit another huge line of traffic. Either way, we made the best of it, got out of the car to take some pictures and waited patiently for our turn to come. As soon as we crossed the border, we hit up the tiniest little coffee shop in Blaine, Washington to fuel up on caffeine to help us survive our 12-hour day ahead. From there, while the traffic was still hectic, we made our way to downtown Seattle by around 1:30pm. We knew we wanted to visit the first Starbucks ever, check out Pike Place Market, explore the Waterfront and then end the day with some pictures at Kerry Park. Luckily, most of the items on our to-do list were in the downtown area so once we found parking we could get everywhere by foot.

It was a beautiful day, about 17 degrees celsius, which was fantastic! We walked around the market, and got to check out the vendors and all they had to offer. From fresh fish to jewelry to lotions and soaps, the market had an amazing selection of items. We found a restaurant just above the market to sit down and have a nice lunch. We then decided to walk down to the Waterfront and take in some sun and a break from the crowds of people at the market. As we were about the leave downtown and drive to Kerry Park we found this ice cream shop that was serving frozen yoghurt soft serve. We each got the twist, and it was heavenly. We ended the day by taking a short drive up to Kerry Park to check out the skyline. The view was breathtaking and totally worth the drive from downtown. We got the entire Seattle skyline. We enjoyed our ice cream while taking in the view and then decided we should head back. We had a beautiful view of the sunset on our drive back and the line up at the border wasn’t nearly as long as it was in the morning.

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The border between the U.S and Canada.

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Blaine, Washington.

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The cutest little coffee shop on the side of the road just after the border.

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First ever Starbucks.

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Seattle Waterfront.

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Fresh crab cakes for lunch.

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Touristing around downtown.

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View of downtown from the Waterfront.

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Seattle Great Wheel.

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Shy Giant Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt in the Pike Place Market.

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Chocolate and Vanilla twist.

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The perfect view of the Seattle skyline.

Although it made for a long day, the trip was so worth it. While I would have loved to be home in Newfoundland with my family, our day trip to Seattle was definitely a nice alternative. I hope you all had a great long Easter Weekend! I’d love to hear the special things you did to celebrate with friends and family?

xoxo

-Rena

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