West Coast Vacation, Pt.2: Washington!

I arrived at SeaTac a little after 9 PM on Sunday, September 1 after a quick trip over from LAX (see Part 1 of my vacation recap HERE). I was extremely excited, for several reasons:

  1. I was going to see my baby sister (J)! Okay, maybe she’s not a baby anymore, but she’ll always be to me ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. I was stoked to see my J’s new apartment! She had just started her Pharmacy Residency in the summer, moving from Spokane to Seattle and I had seen lots of pictures of her great view of Lake Washington.
  3. J AND my mom would be picking me up! Yes! The timing worked out incredibly in that my mom was in town, so we’d be able to hang out during the work week, since my sis would be working.
  4. I hadn’t visited Seattle in a few years, so I was ready to check out some of my favorite places, while discovering new ones, too.
  5. In just hours, I’d be running another 13.1 (after the 19.3 at Disneyland) and seeing my good friend Margaret, whom I had not seen since college!
Me and my mom on J's deck.
Me and my mom on J’s deck.

So much fun was had in the span of a week, so I’ll do my best to recap some of those adventures now…

At Gasworks Park.
At Gasworks Park.

Monday (Labor Day):

started out with 13.1 miles of awesome, followed by a few stops around the city that I always wanted to see…Gas Works Park (thanks to 10 Things I Hate About You), The Fremont Troll and lunch at the Salmon House.

Fremont Troll.
Fremont Troll.

…but don’t worry, we didn’t rush too much – we still had time to (literally) stop and smell the roses ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the Locks.
At the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

We were definitely on a roll, but we made sure to get home before too late since J had an early wake up call the next morning.


Shopping/class day. My grad classes are Tuesdays, 1800-2000 and 2000-2200 EST, so on the west coast, it was a big block of time to be on the computer (3 PM to 7 PM). Mom and I did get a chance to have a great lunch date however, when we checked out Marinepolis Sushi Land ๐Ÿ™‚


Theo Chocolate Factory Tour.
Theo Chocolate Factory Tour.

Tour of Theo Chocolate Factory (upcoming post)


Quiet day, did some homework and fixed dinner at home with mom after picking up some stuff from the grocery store…but dinner was awesome! We ate Korean BBQ for dinner – that meal made me really wish we had that kind of food out here in FL!


At Alki Beach.
At Alki Beach.

My aunt picked me and my mom up and we headed over to check out Alki Beach. We had a blast walking around, and enjoyed lunch at a Vietnamese place along the shore area. After that, we drove out to Snoqualmie Falls, always a great place to see ๐Ÿ™‚


We hiked around a bit (the main longer paths were closed) and then drove out to the pass where my aunt’s family has a lodge that they hang out at during the ski season, which was cool to see! Then, it was time to meet the rest of the family (uncle, cousins and J) at Southcenter for dinner.


My mom was headed out to Baltimore (for work) on Saturday, so we all got up early to take her to the airport, then down to theย Ferry Station to check out Bainbridge Island for the day.

On the ferry over to Bainbridge Island!
On the ferry over to Bainbridge Island!

I think this epic day requires a post of its own…but here’s one more pic before I get to that ๐Ÿ˜€

More on this...soon ;)
More on this…soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

After we got back from the Island, we stopped by the Volunteer Park Conservatory before grabbing dinner at Serious Pie! Yum to the max….we had to rest and recharge for our last EPIC day!


We HAD to do a quintessential Seattle day:


The morning started with a visit to the Dahlia Bakeryย (mmmmm fresh made donuts) before we made our way over to our walking tour of the Pike Place Marketย (this definitely warrants a post of its own). Our guide was fantastic! Although J and I had both visited the market countless times in the past, this tour really put it into perspective.

Pikes Place Market
Pike Place Market.

We learned a lot from our guide, and even from our fellow participants! We did a little wandering after the tour, and then eventually meandered over to my NEW favorite cupcake place: Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.

Two words: Cupcake. Latte.
Two words: Cupcake. Latte.

Not only did we have an incredible cupcake (chocolate orange) but they had ammmmaaazzzinnnnggg specialty drinks, and I had that tasty treat above: the CUPCAKE LATTE. I don’t know how they made it, but it seriously was made of unicorns and magic.

And then…Seattle Center.

Hawaii Festival!
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival!

J practices hula so it was really awesome…plus…Hawaiian food trucks! YESS!

We spent quite a bit of time at the festival before heading back to J’s place (we had to take a short detour to Beecher’s Handmade Cheese) to chill before she took me back to the airport for my trip home. I couldn’t have asked for a better visit!!


In a few months, J will be in Florida for a Pharmacy Convention, so I am already planning what kind of fun adventures we can embark upon then…but until then, scrolling through these pics definitely makes me smile! It can be hard to be away from family, but it sure makes those experiences even more awesome when you’re all together โค

Have you ever been to Seattle? Where does your family live?


    • Thanks for the correct!!! You can def tell I’m from out of town ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Sent from my iPhone

  1. We went to seattle to catch an Alaskan cruise.We only got to spend 1 full day in seattle, so we crammed in as much as possible. Space needle, pike place mkt, shopping and taking pictures with as many of the pigs that had been painted by local artists for their centennial celebration around the city. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Most of my family has moved to Florida and we live pretty close together.
    Your pictures are Wonderful and I definitely want to visit Seattle again.

    • Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Thanks for the kind words, and hope we can meet up in Florida sometime, gal!

  2. There is a cupcake latte that close to me and I didn’t even know it??!?! Must go up there ASAP!

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