Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Notes from Seattle

Breakfast on the ferry.

I took my last ferry trip of the year to Seattle today, along with my daughter. The plan was to get in a good, long walk and buy a few necessities from Pike Place Market, such as tea, spices and flowers.

I wasn't mentally prepared for how cold, wet and crowded it was -- although I should have been, given that it was the Saturday between Christmas and New Year.

The original Starbucks, near Pike Place,
always has musicians and a huge line out front.

Festive ristras at a street market.

It was so packed in the market that I didn't have the energy to shoulder my way to the flower vendors, so instead we made a beeline outside for the famed gum wall. Even that was so crowded with people posing for photos that I opted for pictures of other wall art.

All was not lost, as my daughter found a used copy of "Grapes of Wrath" (something on her wish list) and I got the lemon-parsley noodles I love and MarketSpice tea. But we were glad to finally settle onto the ferry away from the crowds for the ride home.

Have a peaceful New Year


ellen gets crafty said...

Great photos! Visiting crowded places really makes you appreciate home. Have a joyful New Year.

Judy Ferguson said...

Hope to be seeing more exotic or chaotic (whichever suits you) places with you next year. Some of those signs were pretty gross. (love it)

Ladybug said...

Sounds to me like you are truly becoming one of us "West Sounders"! We never go to Seattle & for the very reason you stated, although it is full of a lot of cool things to do that we can't do on this side.

The first and final pictures are classic - I like the composition of the 1st and the eerie effect of the reflected ferry lights on the last.

Happy New Year to you & yours!

Del said...

Gosh, I thought those were UFOs!

Sherrie Spangler said...

I thought they looked like UFOs, too. I love taking photos through windows -- you never know what might show up.

Julia said...

Next time, lets aim for a sunny weekday.