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Trip Report Sunny in Seattle! A few days each in the City and on Mt. Rainier

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Warning: Super long. Grab a Coke and some chips.

I’m glad all you locals got your promised sun. Really, I am. But if it could have rained for just 20 minutes one day – or 10, or 5 – I would have been happier.

When I left Kansas, it was 103 and scorching with no end in sight. The Seattle weather charts with their “high 70s/low 80s” called my name, and I booked some plans accordingly.

Seattle and Rainier have been on my list for a while because I have never seen the city as a tourist. I’ve been many times as a biztraveler, but what fun is that? I vaguely remember going up in the space needle with a much-hated colleague and thinking, “there is no place on earth I’d rather be to poke forks in my eyes…”

And Rainier: How do you get over the beauty of that mountain? To see it on approach to SEATAC drops my jaw every time. I needed to get closer.

I’ll give a play-by-play of each day and some color commentary if merited. Holler if I can clarify anything for you as you plan your trips to this awesome city. I don’t expect you to think this is very interesting, but I do want to report back for all the folks who helped me plan.

Wednesday: 4 am alarm. Flight. Light rail and South Lake Union Trolley to the Silver Cloud Inn on Lake Union. Hotel shuttle to Pike Place Market. Walk to Seattle Art Museum. Eat at their café, Taste. Walk to Public Library. Relax and read in the “living room.” Walk up Pill Hill and down Broadway to the Elliott Bay Bookstore. Browse, read, pick out an excellent guide book for hiking Rainier. Walk to the REI mothership. Walk back to hotel and crash…super long day, 4 am, time change and all.

Regarding the light rail and trolley: they are exceedingly easy to navigate. Follow the signs, and if you can’t read: follow the people. Note that the Rainier Beach light rail stop recalls neither. Also, I would say I enjoyed the Elliott Bay Bookstore and the Library most on this day. I had seen the Pike Market before, so some of the shine had probably worn off that experience, though I find it impossible not to enjoy a quick walk through it every time I’m there.

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