A Quick Trip to Seattle

Last spring my husband and I went to see Radiohead at KeyArena at Seattle Center. We live in Portland, so it was a quick trip. Portland and Seattle have a funny camaraderie, and I have described them as best friends.

Our hotel looked out at the Space Needle that we went to the top of. The Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. The view from the top is unreal. On a clear day you can see all of Seattle, Elliot Bay, the Olympic and Cascade mountains, as well as Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.

A Quick Trip To Seatle: Space Needle by Connie BankusOn the day I was there you could just make out Mount Rainier. It looked like a giant getting ready to swallow the city. It was my first time ever seeing a mountain that large. I live near Portland and have seen Mount Hood, Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, and St. Helens as I crossed the bridges, but this mountain was a much bigger presence, reminding viewers that it is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the entire world. The mountain has over forty trails to hike on, one only half a mile long, all the way up to the ninety-three mile Wonderland Trail. The sheer amount of outdoors activities is staggering, and hiking around this mountain is definitely on my bucket list.

A Quick Trip To Seatle: Coastline by Connie Bankus

While I didn’t get to do my usual outdoor adventures on this trip, I did get to pass by the Experience Music Project. This building is beautiful and even has a train that passes through it.

A Quick Trip To Seatle: Experience Music Project by Connie Bankus

Before the concert we had a chance to walk down to Victor Steinbrueck Park and Pike Place Market. The fish market has been on numerous cooking shows. The guys there were throwing fish and insulting the customers. It was hilarious. There was lots of local art and really delicious food everywhere. A beautiful carved totem pole stood in the park and I visited Raven’s Nest Treasure, an art gallery where you can buy treasures from all over the world. I especially loved the Northwest Native American art.

I do intend to live in Seattle at some point and have a list of must see places like the Troll Under The Bridge, Pioneer Square, the Seattle Under Ground Tour and the Waterfall Garden. There are a million trails I would like to hike around the city where just 30 miles out you are in rugged mountains with glacier caves and pristine forests. The city is planning to put Highway 99 that follows the shoreline underground in a tunnel below downtown Seattle. This is going to make the area I visited even more beautiful and I am excited to see it when it is finished. Seattle is an exciting city and I hope everyone gets the chance to visit.

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