I actually took so many pictures this past long weekend (well, we made it a long weekend) that I decided it would take way too much effort to upload them all to WordPress so I am providing our non-Facebook-using readers with this link so you can see them all!
We kicked off our weekend a little early on Thursday night by doing something we’ve talked about doing since we got here: going to a Giants game! Of course, I’m a little bitter toward the Giants since they beat the Cards in the playoffs last year but they have an undeniably beautiful ballpark. I also got fitted for my second pair of pointe shoes (Grishko Triumphs, in case you’re wondering) and we’ll see how those go.
Friday we drove up to Portland and had dinner and walked around and visited with my cousin and his wife and two-year-old daughter. They were wonderful hosts and made a great breakfast the next day to send us off to Seattle.
Ah, our first trip to Seattle. We were approaching the downtown area around 12 noon with a lengthy scavenger hunt list in hand, created by one of our good AF and Seattle native friends. We knew we needed to leave downtown around three to get out to the burbs to get ready for the wedding of some AF friends. What we didn’t know was that there was a marathon and a parade in town that day, so the traffic was crazy and a bunch of the roads were closed. So we spent an hour navigating traffic and finding parking before we found a two hour space on the street. Therefore we had two hours to literally run around and get all the pictures of our friend’s favorite spots! The only one we didn’t have time or money for was the Space Needle. Kind of a big one, I know. Maybe next time.
Then we attended a lovely wedding and had a great time catching up with some old friends and making new friends.
On Sunday we found out that the Museum of Flight is available at no charge for military so we took a pretty quick look at some really cool static aircraft displays, including the original Air Force One and a B-17, which my great-uncle flew in WWII. Then we met up with another AF friend who lives in the area for lunch. We had just enough time to divert to the beautiful Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge before meeting my aunt, uncle, and my cousin’s family for another great dinner.
Then we drove home! Whew! On Friday and Saturday the weather was so great that we were able to see Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Rainier! On Sunday and Monday we could not see any of them, ha!
Hope you guys enjoy the pictures!