Seattle

After meeting up with two new members of the gang from Aus, we somehow squeezed an express trip to Seattle into the trip, driving in a fancy silver mini van ‘soccer mom’ style through the US border and onto Seattle. It took us an inconvenient 2 hours to get through the border, thanks mainly to me for being a travel rookie who had never been to the US, and they wanted to be extra sure that I wasn’t going to terrorise anyone or anything in my two days there and had to take my fingerprints. Sorry guys.

border

After marvelling at how insanely cheap the insanely unhealthy food is there, we arrived in Seattle just in time to trek to Pike Markets and discover they were closed. BUT it was still beautiful walking around at dusk, taking photos worthy of instagram hashtag nofilter, and visiting the world’s first Starbucks which Blake was pretty pleased by. We picked ourselves up a bag of the Pike Place roast which we’re yet to start drinking but I’m looking forward to it.

Pike Place Markets - instagram-worthy at the best of times

Pike Place Markets – instagram-worthy at the best of times

Seattle

 

Blake being excited at the original Starbucks store!

Blake being excited at the original Starbucks store!

Dinner was spent at an Irish pub, and the girls had a compulsory wander over to Sephora to buy makeup. We spent the evening wandering around Seattle and exploring, buying things for no reason other than that they were cheap, and enjoying the time together.

Blake, Ed, Maggie and I hit up the EMP museum the following morning (after trying a ‘McGriddle’ – a sausage and egg roll but the bun is made out of pancakes with maple syrup?! Surprisingly not as gross as it sounds!), checked out an impressive Nirvana exhibition, then split up as Blake and I conquered the Seattle Space Needle.

At the top of the needle...

At the top of the needle…

We all jumped in our minivan and drove off to the highlight of the trip – the Boeing Factory! If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going! 😉 It was amazing seeing a place so big that they build planes in there… the tour  is something I’d highly recommend, even if you’re like me and you don’t really know anything about aircrafts. It was fascinating and definitely a highlight. And had an excellent gift shop.

Blake's new cap purchase (that I stole for a few hours) at the Boeing factory

Blake’s new cap purchase (that I stole for a few hours) at the Boeing factory

boys and planes...

boys and planes…

After several games of ‘politically incorrect 20 questions’ won most of the time by  Ed, we arrived back to Van, and prepared ourselves for heading to Kelowna the next day…