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Trip Report Seattle, Mt. St. Helens, ONP

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Returned Saturday, July 5 from a wonderful 5-day trip to the above places. I will start by saying it was not nearly enough time to see all the area had to offer (and I know all you WA locals are thinking of course that's not enough time).

We arrived the evening of Monday, June 30 on a non-stop Jet Blue flight from San Diego. Our flight was actually 20 minutes early. After finding our way to the parking garage where the Budget rental car is located (no need to take a shuttle to rental car) we were on our way. The first 3 nights were spent at friends in Renton, WA. Being this was our first time to visit they really wanted to show us the sites. Starting with a home cooked gourmet meal of all things from WA. A beautiful salad, fresh king salmon, roasted fresh asparagus with shaved parmesan and for dessert a home made rhubarb crumble with home made vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday we were up early and headed for Pike’s Market. What an amazing place, the sites, sounds smells and colors of all the foods and flowers is really something. I looked like a real tourist with my camera flashing away. Next we walked over to the monorail and took the 1-mile ride to Seattle Center. We walked around there for a while and then went to the top of the Space Needle for lunch. It was a pretty clear day and you really get a feel for the lay out of the city from up there. Unfortunately it was not clear enough to see Mt. Rainier. The lunch is rather pricey but the food and service were very good. Our waiter was really aiming to please. It takes 1 hour for the restaurant to make a full revolution. After lunch we headed over to the Experience Music Project that is very close to the Space Needle. It’s a Frank Gehry Building and the architecture is really unique. My husband is a musician so our friends had picked this stop out especially for him. The Sci-Fi museum is next door and your admission to one is good for both museums but by the time we finished with the Experience Music Project we were all rather tired and ready to leave the city.

For anyone heading to Seattle a little FYI the buses in the city center are free. I know it’s really hard to believe. We never did take a bus but everyone kept telling us this. The monorail had a small fee, I think it was $2 each way, $1 for seniors.

tomorrow Mt. St. Helens

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