Seaplanes, Ferries, and Mist: Seattle

A week before flying up to “the last frontier,” I visited my cousin Maggie Smith in Seattle. After years of childhood summers digging in the sandbox in our ruffled polka-dotted bikinis, it was surreal and a little bit bittersweet to see Maggie dominating professional life in her business suit! Following three celebratory weeks of pub nights, champagne toasts, commencement weekend, and farewells, I was relieved to spend the first few days away from Stanford sleeping and reflecting upon my college graduation. Somehow California’s landscape has felt abrasive to me, and I took comfort in Washington’s ocean, sailboats, and lush evergreens. Seattle reminded me of Sydney with its beautiful homes sprawled around Puget Sound on tiny islands and peninsulas. I’m grateful for Maggie’s thoughtful hospitality, and very happy for the time we spent together— no longer as little girls selling homemade bracelets in front of our grandmother’s house, but as young adults.

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

The Space Needle

The Space Needle

The Space Needle

Atop the Space Needle: What spectacular light at sunset!

Atop the Space Needle

Atop the Space Needle

Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library

Pike's Place Market: Home of calla lilies, root beer honey sticks, flying fish, spinach lemon herb fettuccine, and the first Starbucks!

Pike Place Market: Home of calla lilies, root beer honey sticks, flying fish, spinach lemon herb fettuccine, and the first Starbucks!

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market jumbo lobster tails!

Pike Place Market jumbo lobster tails!

Pike Place Market calla lilies

Pike Place Market calla lilies

Aboard the ferry to Bainbridge Island

Aboard the ferry to Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island marina

Bainbridge Island marina

Bainbridge Island roses

Bainbridge Island roses

Seattle upon return: What gorgeous light!

Seattle upon return: What gorgeous colors!

Seattle upon return: Again, what great evening light!

Seattle upon return: Again, what great evening light!

• Smith cousins, this one’s for you: A Wild Cherry and Coke 7-11 Slurpee on our last night together!

Smith cousins, this one’s for you: A Wild Cherry and Coke 7-11 Slurpee on our last night together!

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2 Responses to Seaplanes, Ferries, and Mist: Seattle

  1. Aaron says:

    Nice choice on the flavors- 2 of the best! Thanks for the link- I’m looking forward to staying connected with you! Aaron

  2. Martha says:

    Great post! Really enjoyed it. I always love looking at visitors pics of the city I love so much! Seattle is the best city in the world and it really has some great things to offer. I recently stumbled upon this blog (as I did yours) that I found pretty funny in its references to Seattle: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/theres-no-place-like-home-sort-of/

    Thanks for the post! Seattle rocks!

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