And just like that I’m officially back from a whirlwind of a week in Seattle and back to the grind at work! If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram then you probably saw that Chris and I were in the beautiful Emerald City of Seattle last week! We had such a blast and got to see and do so much, and I can’t wait to recap it all for you! But in true Wandering Weekenders fashion I’m going to give you a quick look at our trip and give y’all 8 things that I learned while visiting Seattle! We got home really late Sunday night so I’m linking up this post with these wanderful women for Wanderful Wednesday: Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World, and with Mattie from The Northwest Native and Lex from Lex Be Livin for their Weekly Lessons linkup!
- Doing leg day before vacation is a bad idea- Our first day in Seattle was actually not spent in the city, but about 60 miles away in beautiful Mt. Rainier National Park! We got so lucky to be able to go hiking right before the National Park Centennial and that we hiked on such a clear and beautiful day! The only bad thing was that Chris decided to do leg day Monday night which meant that he was pretty sore and had a hard time hiking on Wednesday. So learn from our mistakes and make sure you don’t do leg day before visiting somewhere where you’ll be doing lots of hiking or walking.
- Seattle is very hilly like San Francisco- I didn’t really think that other parts of the Pacific Northwest were super hilly, but man was Seattle hilly! It almost felt like we were in San Francisco instead of Seattle at the rate that we were hiking up those hills! I personally thought that it was a good thing because it meant that we were getting a workout in everyday, which meant that I got to eat more food! Definitely just keep that in mind for your next trip to Seattle!
- Pike’s Place Market isn’t just food vendors, there’s a lot of crafts and things you can buy too- When you think of Pike’s Place Market, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably lots of fish vendors, beautiful arrays of fruits and veggies, and probably a ton of fresh flowers too. But did you know that Pike’s Place Market also has a ton of shops that sell a wide array of crafts, souvenirs, and other random odds and ends? You could get a whole lot of different types of shopping done during your one visit to Pike’s Place Market!
- Seattle had a whole underground system that people used- One of the tours that was recommended over and over again on all the blogs that I checked out for this trip was the Underground Tour. After Seattle burned down in the late 1800’s, the city decided to rebuild, but just a little bit higher. The businesses didn’t want to rebuild a second time, so a whole system of underground walkways was built for people to navigate the original business structures underground before having to head back up to the top to navigate home. The underground was used for a few years and reminded me a lot of the tunnel system in downtown Houston, except that they had the help of skylights to help them figure out where they were in the underground system.
- Seattle is a huge port city with a ton of cargo coming in every day- When you think of Seattle, some of the large businesses that you probably think of are Starbucks, Microsoft, and Boeing, but another industry that helps to bring in a lot of economic activity to the city is importing and and everything that goes with it, including unloading all of the huge cargo ships that come into the huge port of Seattle everyday. When we were on our harbor cruise we had the chance to see them unloading one of those huge container ships and it was pretty cool to see!
- The Jetsons houses were based off The Space Needle- One of the most iconic parts of the Seattle skyline is the Space Needle which was constructed right before the World’s Fair came to Seattle in 1962. Later on that same year the TV show The Jetsons premiered with some homes that looked pretty similar to the Space Needle in Seattle. While touring the Space Needle it was so cool to learn more about its construction, but also to see how obsessed everybody was with Space at the time!
- There is good Mexican food north of Texas- While we were in Seattle we went on a food tour with Savor Seattle, to try out a few cocktails and small plates at different restaurants in Seattle. When a Mexican food restaurant was our second stop I was pretty skeptical that I was actually going to like it since I’m pretty much a Mexican food and chips and salsa snob, but I was pleasantly surprised by San Patricio! So if you have a hankering for Mexican food when you’re in Seattle, make sure to stop there!
- The Pike’s Place Market Starbucks is not the original Starbucks store- I actually knew this before we went to Seattle, but I don’t think that many people know that the “original” Starbucks that’s in Pike’s Place Market is actually not the original store. The original store was actually a few blocks away, but they relocated to their current location in Pike’s Place Market just a few years after the original store opened. I even believe that the original location of the store (the one not located in Pike’s Place Market) burned down, so you couldn’t visit it if you wanted to. The “original” store in Pike’s Place is still really cool to visit though!
Well there you have it, eight weird and quirky things that I learned during our trip to Seattle! We really did enjoy our trip so much, and I can’t wait to tell y’all all about it! I just have to recap a few more trips before then!