|It’s truly amazing that I struggle to remember where I was yesterday, but I can remember every single line of of my elementary school song from 45 years ago. It went something like this...
Washington is the best, it’s a mile above the rest, it’s a school where we most like to go, rah rah!
You guessed it. I went to Washington Elementary school. And, when I first thought about writing about Washington, I couldn’t get that song out of my head. Nope, doesn’t have a thing to do with my trip to the beautiful evergreen state!
Washington State...#49. As my two year retirement anniversary nears, I cannot believe I just visited #49 out of 50 states. It has been a blur, but also feels I have been traveling forever.
First stop? Seattle. Quite simply, I fell in love with Seattle. So much more I wanted to do, but I packed as much as possible in during my week stay. It didn’t rain as much as it did in Portland, but it was mostly cloudy and gloomy.
But, it is glorious! It is the birthplace of Starbucks. Need I say more?? I went to the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, but the line was so long, I skipped actually going inside of it. I also visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery...with areas within it like the mixology (liquor and coffee drinks, and yes, I enjoyed one!), bakery, food, clothing, etc. HEAVEN!
Of course, there are other appealing aspects of Seattle. The Museum of POP Culture was a nice tribute to all things culture...Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Seattle bred musicians Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, but my favorite thing in the museum was the sticker I found from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Princess Bride. The sticker? Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die!
I found a special place for the sticker in Gypsy. Ok, gotta move on as there was so much more. I could have spent an entire day at the Pike Place Market. I bought two types of salmon and they were both excellent! The Space Needle is getting a facelift (I feel its pain since we were both born in the ‘60’s), but is still a sight to see. And, I can’t forget my last two visits in the city...Amazon Go and The Theo Chocolate Factory.
Jeff Bezos may be a jerk, but he is a genius. The whole concept of Amazon Go is amazing. I downloaded the app the night before, went to the store, walked in, scanned my app, and started shopping. I ended up purchasing a Washington Port and an Amazon Go thermos. Put it in my bag and walked out of the store. About 10 minutes later, I got a notification with my receipt. A-MA-ZING.
Theo Chocolate is the first organic chocolate in the U.S. Theo has made a home in my new nutrition regimen, since it makes fabulous 70% cacao dark chocolate! Yum, yum.
Hiking in Seattle was great as well with Discovery Park and Golden Gardens as great escapes looking over the city for me and the pups. But, I give the hiking and scenery award to Snoqualmie Falls, just outside of Seattle. Glorious falls! A definite must see if ever in the area.
I was so intrigued by the lime bikes I saw all over the city. I did a little research and found they are literally called Lime Bikes and all you do is download an app, scan the bike, and ride. When finished, it bills you through the app. You just get off and park it.
On Palm Sunday, I was seeking a church to attend when I came across a Church of Christ less than half a mile from my rental. It is rare to see a Church of Christ outside of the Southwest, so thought I would give it a try. Very diverse and YOUNG congregation. People flocked to welcome and visit with me. The singing was so alive, vibrant, and moving. A CHURCH OF CHRIST. I KID YOU NOT!!! The southwest churches of Christ could learn a thing or two from this one. I would still be a member if they were all like this. What a blessing!
After Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls, we headed west to Spokane (pronounced Spoh-Can). Ok, it was nice, but it ain’t Seattle. The highlight for me was visiting Gonzaga University. I love Gonzaga basketball. It was a short trip for us, but we found good hiking, great food, and the Final Four on the tube! :))
Washington was worth the wait...and I can’t wait for the second visit!
Only one left. I’m coming for you Alaska. But, you are going to have to wait a bit...time to start the slow journey back toward Oklahoma.