Have you ever stepped foot in a new place and realized, almost instantly, that you absolutely loved it there? That’s what happened to me in San Francisco this past week. We had spent the day driving through the Redwoods and I was exhausted, dead on my feet. But when we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, I instantly woke up. It was like a shot of adrenaline!
We left Seattle bright and early on Sunday morning and hit the road to northern California. We made a quick stop in Portland to get some of our favorite croissants at Ken’s Artisan Bakery, and then continued on into brand new territory. It was our first time through southern Oregon and even though we experience a torrential downpour for an hour or so outside of Portland, once it cleared up we were greeted with gorgeous surroundings.
Seattle. The Emerald City. The gem of the Northwest (at least to me)! There are so many reasons to love this city, which more and and more people are finding out as they move here. These happen to be my favorites!
What a busy week! I’ve been swamped with packing, donating and selling everything in our tiny apartment. We’re finally getting rid out our last big pieces of furniture today; our bed and dresser will be gone by the end of the day, which is exciting! All of our other big stuff has sold and I’ve started packing up the few boxes and bags we are taking with us. It is so liberating to be getting rid of 90% of our belongings.
I’ve started a draft of all of my favorite places in Seattle, but I want to make sure I do it justice. This city is so amazing, from the culture and sights to the people and attitudes that I don’t want to rush it. Against all odds, this place has actually become a second home to me. All of the bittersweet feelings I’m experiencing will also lead to a super sappy, emotional mess of a list, so I think it’s best if I wait until everything is settled and we are on the road to finish it.
So I’m going to leave you with this story I read while we were visiting Mt. Rainier National Park yesterday. A big part of the history of Washington revolves around Native Americans and to me their stories absolutely beautiful. The story isn’t mine, but the photos were just snapped on May 12, 2016.
We’ve officially reached single digits on our departure countdown! Seattle (and Washington in general) has been so good to us, and I thought it would be a good time to look back on our two years and the places and activities that made us fall in love.
This list is by no way exhaustive, in fact I had a hard time narrowing it down to just ten places.