Our Trip to the Emerald City
Monday, September 24, 2007

Author: Catrina
Wine Selection: Nathanson Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

While we didn’t quite travel the yellow brick road or encounter munchkins representing the lollipop guild, we had quite an adventure on our recent excursion to the other Emerald City….Seattle, Washington.

This was our very first trip to Seattle, and since Eric’s parents, brother, and sister-in-law were all in town from Oklahoma for a visit, we decided to live it up in the city that often carries the reputation of being dark and gloomy. We found quite the opposite, as the city offers picturesque views of lush green hills (which we did get to see), surrounded by snowcapped mountains (which we didn’t get to see), and sparkling blue waters (in which we got up close and personal). Personally, I was so impressed with Seattle and cannot wait to go back! Lucky for you, you get to experience it second-hand through the detailed re-telling of our daily adventures. It will almost be as if you were along for the ride! Aren’t you excited? J

Day 1: Just a short walk from our hotel was the space needle, our first touristy activity. We rode the elevator 520 feet to the observation deck, in which we saw spectacular views of the city skyscrapers and Puget Sound. We didn’t get to see Mt. Rainier due to the weather, but what we did get to see was well worth the elevated blood pressure, jittery stomach, and beads of sweat that formed as a result of being a bit TERRIFIED of heights. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and would love to see it at night!

After the space needle, we headed to Safeco Field to watch our first Seattle Mariners game. The stadium was awesome, as were our seats. Even if you don't keep up with the game (which I didn't most of the time :-)), just being there to experience the great American past time is very very cool--and the beer and park dogs weren't bad either! Wyatt loved the game (when he was awake), and Avery stayed pretty content most of the time.

When the game was over, we grabbed some dinner at a local Brewpub. For those of you who don't know, Eric is a huge beer nut. Every trip we take is somewhat organized around the breweries we can visit. He has a pint glass from every brewery he has visited in the United States. I think it adds a lot of fun to our vacations, but it's also just one more obsession of his that I have to tolerate! :-)

Day 2: We couldn't go to Seattle and not go to the historic Pike Market. We spent all morning at The Market browsing shops and other local vendors. While there, we got to see the world famous fish market known for throwing fish and having fun with visitors.
I also bought a latte from the worlds first Starbucks, which opened in 1971.
After having lunch at yet another brewery, we headed back to the hotel via the monorail to rest up for our evening activity, which included a boat ride across the Puget Sound to Blake Island. There was a small village (Tillicum Village) where we ALL got to try fresh clams before having dinner on the island. Our entertainment during dinner included a performance by Native American tribal dancers--AWESOME! Here is a small slideshow of us at Tillicum Village.

Day 3: We spent the morning at Alki Beach, which offered great views of the city of Seattle. We mostly just hung out and had good conversation while sipping on some lattes. The water was way too cold to even wade in, but Wyatt got plenty of play time in the sand.

After eating lunch at a local burger joint along the strip, we all piled in our cars and headed back to Portland with images of downtown Seattle in our rearview mirror. It was truly one of my most memorable vacations, mostly because we were able to experience it with our family. It was certainly worth the 3-hour drive, and I'm certain that we'll be visiting again soon.


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My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771