Suns Out, Smiles Out

This morning had the makings of a great day. I woke up early because I had to return the rental car that we took to Poo Poo Point yesterday. I walked the long way back, and then got ready for my team’s first official lacrosse game of the season. I’m happy with how the girls did, and they all played very well, but there are definitely a lot of things that we need to work on during practice this week. After our game, I had made plans with Hank to take a 12pm Hot Yoga class, so I met him there, and we both spent an hour sweating buckets. There was literally a puddle under Hank’s mat after he rolled it up; that’s how much he sweat during that hour long session.

We got out of yoga, and slowly walked home. We quickly showered and then immediately headed out to Downtown Seattle to do some touristing. Our first stop though was Chipotle, where we had a late lunch. If you don’t know my brother, just know that he eats like Michael Phelps.

We made our way Downtown and into the hustle and bustle that is Pike Place Market. I’ve posted many pictures of the market, and everytime I go, I end up taking another one.

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Pike Place Market is bustling on a Saturday afternoon
Pike Place Market is bustling on a Saturday afternoon

We walked around for a little bit, sampled a few of the delicious foods that they were selling, and then made our way down to the Seattle Waterfront.

I’d never been to the Waterfront, and the main attraction is the Seattle Great Wheel, which is just a ferris wheel that’s right on the water. We decided to take a break across from it because that way we had some peace and quiet, while also being able to enjoy the view in front of us. It also proved to be a good time for a little bit of a photo shoot.

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We wanted to hit the Space Needle at some point during the day, and we decided to head straight there, because we knew that as soon as we got home, we wouldn’t be able to leave. We waited in line to buy the tickets, and then we waited some more in line to get in the elevator. 40 minutes of waiting later, we were in the elevator, enjoying a 41 second ride to the top. I gotta say, the wait was worth it. It had been a pretty overcast day, so we could barely see the outline of the Olympias to our West, but it was still a really cool sight. I can only imagine what the view looks like on a clear day.

South Lake Union shone bright from atop the Needle
South Lake Union shone bright from atop the Needle
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The sunset over the Olympias
Downtown Seattle getting lit up in the dark. Rainier is hiding behind some clouds in the back
Downtown Seattle getting lit up in the dark. Rainier is hiding behind some clouds in the back

Hank had calculated the steps on his smartwatch; according to that, he walked over 23,000 steps today. I must have been with him for at least 18,000 of those. If there’s anything I determined from todays adventure its that Seattle is a walking city, so be prepared to keep walking.

But remember, if the sun comes out in Seattle, so do the smiles.

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