Day 27-29: Seattle, WA (8/30-9/1)
While in Washington we also visited Nathan’s grandparents and his parents, who flew up from San Diego. We met up with everyone at the Space Needle for lunch with a unique view of the city. We celebrated Nathan (30 yrs), his dad (60 yrs) and his grandpa’s (80 yrs) birthdays this year. The ice cream dessert was in a dry ice bowl, which caught a lot of attention.
The skies were clear and the dinning area rotated several times during the lunch giving us a 360 view of the city. After lunch we headed to the sky deck to take some photos. We recommend the package deal of the lunch and sky deck tickets – it was well worth it.
The next day we visited the Pike’s Place Market, where we watched the famous fish throw.
We also had fish and chips at Ivar’s seafood bar, which in our opinion has the most unorganized ordering system in which you just yell out your order from the crowd and some how it all works out. It’s not our style, but we got our food without any issue so we can’t complain too much. We ate outside and watched kids feed the seagulls and when we say kids we are also including Nathan’s parents.
Nathan’s mom wasn’t so keen on the idea after the seagull took the french fry.
We also visited the first Starbucks, various craft booths, and the gum wall.
It is more of a gum alley than just a wall
The next morning we got up early to go salmon fishing in the Puget Sound.
Photo taken by Nathan’s Mom (family of artists)
When we got there the first impression of the boat was a little worrisome, but after a couple of hours we were anchored and casting our fishing lines over the rail.
Nathan was the only one to catch a salmon…but it was a little too small to keep.
Katharine caught the biggest fish, a rockfish, but we couldn’t keep it either.
We did catch a ton of flounder though, which the deckhand filleted and grilled with cheese while we motored back. It was surprisingly pretty good, but then again what isn’t with cheese on top!
Although we didn’t catch any salmon it was fun spending time with Nathan’s family and listening to the endless jokes, banter, and stories.
That night, we had a nice dinner with Nathan’s grandma and got to share some photos of our epic trip so far. It was fun to re-live the trip memories and realize all the places we’ve been so far.
It was a great visit with family and fun to see the city, but we were also eager to get back to the national parks and camping.
Epic Trip Stats:
- Days: 29
- Nights in a tent: 19
- Miles driven: 3826
- Seagulls fed: 2
- Salmon caught: 1
- Flounder caught: 10+