The original plan, of my friends 30+ day visit to the Pacific Northwest was to spend the first weekend at Crater Laker. Unfortunately due to the forest fires, fire ban, and air quality from the smoke in the air... I detoured our plan to Seattle. Luckily though, I think it turned out to be more of a blessing. I'm glad I was not out camping in the cold air when death came over me. I was so sick. Congested, headache, throat... you name it, it was all brewing inside me.
Seattle... the sister city of Portland. It was a really nice weekend with clear skies, full sun, warm, and way less smoke up North. We wondered around, did the normal tourist stops (ferris wheel, space needle, pike street, fish market, wharf, MoPC, etc), all while nurturing my low energy levels due to forgetting my cold meds and feeling like my head was on verge of explosion. Even with all that going on, it was still an enjoyable weekend with an amazing view.
[Its been a few years since I've been up to Seattle, outside of the airport. The weekend we went seemed to be the right time to visit as they had just recently finished remodeling the observation deck of the Space Needle. Adding a rotating glass bottom floor, which I will admit... made me really queazy and threw off my equilibrium (slow circular motion), but still really cool all the same. Very much a head trip... whats moving? the wall or the floor?]
Photo Credits: Kat Wilson & Santhosh Nemmaluri