Though I love many things about traveling, a few of my favorite parts is knowing that after only a few hours on a plane, I will be…
- Seeing somewhere I’ve never been
- Reuniting with people I haven’t seen
- Meeting someone for the first time
- Experiencing a different way of life, even if just for a few days.
The first was true when I took my trip to Seattle, WA. The second was true as well, since I was visiting my older brother who had recently moved to Lacey, WA. He had a new roommate and some other friends visiting, so I did meet a few people for the first time. And, of course, I got to experience his new way of life for a few days. See what he now knew as home, where he traveled everyday, and where he is now doing his residency. He’s planted his roots in the Pacific Northwest for at least the next 4 years.
Right after exiting the plane, Jeff and I were whisked away from the airport by my brother, and my aunt and uncle who were visiting as well. Our first stop was lunch at Duke’s Chowder House off of Lake Union. The food was amazing, and a perfect start to our tour of Seattle. Next stop, was of course, the Space Needle. With it’s iconic stature and unmatched views, the Space Needle is a must-see when you visit Seattle, at least once! When you get up to the top, they have a neat interactive map where you can enter where you’re from and see if anyone else you might know from your area has done the same. We were able to find two high school friends on the map who had visited as well.
The next few days were full of early morning coffee runs to the drive-thru kiosk just down the road from my brother’s house. After seeing the ensemble of the barista, I could tell why it was his favorite. Apparently, it’s not uncommon for baristas at these drive-thru kiosks to be scantily clad, but serving up some delicious caffeinated beverages. After coffee, it was breakfast at local venues in Nisqually and around Lacey, and then we packed up our clubs to head to the golf course. My favorite breakfast spot of the trip was Norma’s Burgers & Breakfast. I am an eggs ben-addict, and I really enjoyed their delicious take on the classic meal – especially their hollandaise and hash browns.
We were able to golf twice while we were out there, despite some mild sprinkles we experienced the second day, but that’s no surprise in that part of the country. My favorite of the two courses we visited was Horseshoe Lake Golf Course. Beautiful views, lush greens, and a challenging enough course for us recreational golfers.
Saturday afternoon was a college football Saturday, so we set up camp in the “Badger Den” at the Belltown Pub in Seattle to watch the game with other Wisconsin and Big 10 Football fans. The atmosphere was electric and the Moscow mules were refreshing as we cheered on our team with other Badger alums. Following the game was our trip to the Pike Place Market. Unfortunately, we weren’t in the market to buy fish, but I did get to witness a few fish fly through the air during our visit. Besides the delicious smells coming from the food vendors, the scent of fresh flowers flooded my nose, and they looked as good as they smelled.
A few other stops we made along the way that I would definitely recommend are…
- Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor – great food & cold beer! We also saw this awesome navy war boat docked on their pier while we visited, which was a very cool experience!
- The Fremont Troll – I am a HUGE fan of the movie ’10 Things I Hate About You’ and the scene where this iconic beast was the backdrop. Had to make the pit stop!
- Nisqually Bar & Grill – we won $250 on the pull tabs! Always a great memory!
- Anywhere I had a good view of Mt. Rainier.
- Washington State Capitol in Olympia – if you can recall, it’s on my bucket list to visit all of the State Capitols. We explored a few local establishments in downtown as well! Very cool places!
- Point Defiance State Park – beautiful views and plenty of trails to explore.
Seattle and the surrounding cities in Lacey, Olympia, and Tacoma is an awesome area to visit! I didn’t even scratch the surface of all there is to do and see during my trip to Washington. What’s on my bucket list for next time? Getting up close and personal with Mt. Rainier is the main one. But mainly just indulging in the local culture even more and pursuing even more memorable experiences with my family and friends.