First Stop, Seattle

Our first stop on the great Alaska trip was Seattle, Washington. We flew out of Pittsburgh, PA as we went back home for Bossman to golf with his league so we just flew out from there. We had a connecting flight at Chicago O’Hare which we missed due to inclement weather! That was a new experience for me. No worries though they got right on the next flight out and we only had to wait three hours. It did cut into our time in Seattle though. We thought we were going to arrive there at 9:30 a.m and have all day but we didn’t get in until close to 1:30. By the time we got to the hotel, checked in, ate and found the metro it was getting close to suppertime and Pikes Place Market would be closed by the time we got there so we missed out on that. We did get to the Space Needle which was what Bossman really wanted to do and we had a lovely stroll around downtown. It’s a lovely town. Wish we would have had more time.

First I want to show you my excellent packing! I was so proud of myself! I am a notorious over-packer. I’ve been watching all those videos on you-tube about how to pack minimal and I was determined to do it this trip. We only took carry-on luggage and I got more than two weeks worth of clothing (mind you layering clothing for cold or warm weather!) in my carry-on using the methods on the videos! Check it out…

FullSizeRender 26That’sย 5 pairs of pants, 12 shirts, 2 cardigans, a fleece pullover, 2 pairs of pajamas, a winter coat and hat, sandals, 2 dresses, an extra small purse, socks, underwear and my toiletries! I layered and rolled. Amazing what you can get in a small case that way. I ended up having to unpack Bossman’s and do that with his stuff so he could get his coat in. Good thing we took coats as it was cold and we wore them everyday! I was glad we did carry-on since we missed our connecting flight. It would have been terrible if our luggage didn’t make it with us on the ship!

We’ll start with the Space Needle. I’ve been in Seattle long, long ago and saw it but I don’t remember it really well. I was a kid. It was $30 a person to go up and long lines. We didn’t feel it was worth the $60 for the two of us after we got up there, but we can say we did it I guess.

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Scenes from around town. Lots of neon signs, felt sort of retro…

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Monorail runs through town

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Gorgeous trimmings on old buildings and lots of retro looking apartment blogs. Fun city. Would like to go back and spend more time. There are lots of coffee shops and outside cafes. Of course Seattle is known for where Starbucks started and that delicious coffee Seattle’s Best.

And last but not least the majestic Mt. Rainier that towers in the backdrop! fullsizeoutput_527