2017-07-17 PNW Day 7: Winding Down

The kids are still sleeping and I had to get up to go put money in the parking meeter. It’s not the most convenient thing to have to do (at 7AM), but since I was awake anyway it’s OK. I’ve slept 8+ hours the last three nights (pharma assisted) but I still don’t feel that rested and while just a short 5 and 6 days ago I was super jazzed and ready to take on the day, today I am just sort of blah about it.

Today we will have to pack up all our stuff and load it in the car. The kids are sick of walking the city (after just one day) so we may take the light rail to go to breakfast and the Space Needle. I am bound and determined to have chowder at Pike’s Place Chowder today before I leave. I can’t visit the PNW AND be in Seattle without getting some really good chowder. Check the next entry for a review on that. 😉

Anyhow, I doubt we will stay in Seattle another night which means driving back to Portland. I’m not excited for the drive but am excited to be in the city of our departure.

More Later,
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-07-16 PNW Day 6 (Part Two): Seattle Scenery

We pretty much stuck to downtown today. The car was parked at a lot about a block from the hotel and we spend the whole day on foot. it is not cheap to park here for any amount of time, even on the weekend but in my opinion still worth not having to hassle with returning the rental car and picking a new one up when we leave.

We started our day walking toward Princess KK’s place with a quick stop at Top Pot Doughnuts to pick up half a dozen. We then arrived at her apartment which is on the 38th floor!! She has a view of the Sound and the Space Needle right out her window. It’s pretty amazing.

From there we walked down to the pier and there was just such a mass of people I had a little bit of anxiety about going to Pike’s place market. So we did not venture down that far and took some different roads to get down to the pier that had the Great Wheel. We walked down the most disgusting alley that was covered with gum on either side. I can’t believe that is a thing but there were a ton of people taking pictures and selfies by it.

We bought tickets and rode the Great Wheel which was really cool and gave us a fabulous set of views of the city, pier, and the water. It was even a clear enough day we could see Mount Rainier. It looked like it was rising right up out of the clouds.

After that we rode the “Wings over Washington” ride which I thought was also really cool. Perhaps better then the ferris wheel but it didn’t last long enough. It was very much like those rides you sit in at Universal that move and have screens around to make you feel like you are on a wild ride. This one even had sprays of mist as you went by waterfalls and scent of pine trees as you soared through the forest. That was pretty cool.

Once we finished there I was really not feeling like going to battle the crowd at the market and so we opted to walk back up into downtown and find lunch. Then the kids and I made our way back to the hotel to pick up a few things and then walked back to Karla’s to watch the premier of GOT with her (just us, not the kids). When it was over, I felt so wiped out I just wanted to go back to the hotel and relax. There is more that we want to do and see here, but I think it will be less crowded on Monday. C wants to go up the Space Needle so we will definitely have to do that tomorrow before we leave Seattle.

We have to pick and choose carefully now because we only have about a day and a half left to do and try things here or in Portland, which is where we fly out on Tuesday afternoon. I will say that today was another really good day, getting to do so much walking and spending almost the entire day with Karla, but in many ways, I am really worn out from the travel this week and ready to go home.

Hopefully I’ll get some good sleep tonight and will be refreshed and ready for whatever is next.

Sweet Dreams,
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-07-16 PNW Day 6: Waking Up in Seattle

Last night we ended up stopping along I-5 North in Eugene Oregon at a lovely hotel, The Comfort Inn, which had an indoor pool and complimentary breakfast. Those are our two pre-requisites for an ideal stop. It’s actually the first place since the Holiday Inn Express a couple of days ago that was access to the room from inside the building. The Comfort Inn was probably the nicest place we have stayed this entire time, until last night.

We arrived about 6:30PM in Seattle and picked up my long time friend, Karla (AKA Princess KK), from her building and made our way to the Renaissance Marriott downtown. She had some bonus points that were about to expire and put us up in this lovely 24 story building for the next couple of days. She’s got a tiny apartment and a person already staying with her (on the floor) and three more people would probably make it beyond uncomfortable, so this worked out.

The four of us walked a few blocks last night to get pizza and then back to the hotel where the kids went back to the room and we sat in the Hotel bar for a few drinks. We talked for a couple of hours and she caught me up on her life and I caught her up on mine. It has been about two years since I have seen her and there have been a lot of changes for both of us.

She moved to Seattle just this year from San Diego to take a different job and I, well you know ended my five year relationship and quit my job. We still did not cover everything, but will probably go somewhere tonight to continue the conversation. We also began hatching a plan for another fun trip together in September, but that’s all tentative and super secret right now so that’s about all I can divulge at this time.

Today we are waking up on the 14th floor of the hotel and have big plans for the day. We are going to walk to get donuts and then on to her building so we can see her new place and her little dog Linus. After that we will walk to the Space Needle and Pike’s Place and the ferris wheel. Z wants to see and do all the cool things and all I really want is a Latte and a really good bowl of chowder. I’m super easy to please. C does not care about any of it and is just up for whatever (as long as there is a promise of more down time at the hotel later).

This is also the first time we are staying in the same place more than one night and don’t have to pack up our things and load them back into the car, so it will be nice to just get dressed and go. Which is what I am about to do right now.

Time to Scoot the Booty,
~Miss SugarCookie

2017-07-11 PNW Day 1: Waking Up in Portland

I lost another day of my life yesterday to travel, but it will all be worth it now that I am in Portland… now that WE are in Portland. The kids and I made the trek yesterday which included three airports, two plane rides, one late night visit to a rental car facility, and lots of Nintendo 3DS. We did not arrive at our motel until 1:30 local time (which is 3:30AM Nebraska time). It’s almost 10AM here now and the kids are still sleeping. It wears a person out.

When I booked this trip, I had a very loose agenda. That really has not changed. I had the air travel set, and reserved a rental car, and a thought to drive up and down the coast from Northern Cali where the Redwoods are to Seattle where my friend Princess KK lives. I still don’t have hotels reserved or any idea what I’m going to be doing on which day. We have a week to play with and am sticking to the idea that whatever happens happens.

My sister loves Portland and Seattle so she gave me some tips for places to go and things to see and do. I’ve also been to Portland (back in 2016) and really don’t need to repeat any of those things. Since we’ve already slept past what I am sure would have been the most amazing free breakfast ever here at the Airport Econo Lodge, we will probably head downtown when the kids get up and grab some VooDoo. That is one thing we did not do the last time I was here.

After that, it’s a quick 20 minute walk to Keller fountain park downtown and then the afternoon will be wide open for whatever other adventure awaits. We have a car this time, so traveling outside the city to Multnimah falls is a possibility. I’m not sure if we will stay an extra night here at a nicer place so the kids can go swimming in an indoor hotel or if we will just get outta town and head for the coast. I guess we will see.

I have a feeling that no matter what happens, it’s going to be a great day! 😃

Sunny and 75,
~Miss SugarCookie