We came back from our trip to Seattle, Vancouver and Whidbey Island absolutely loving it. Our ardor may have been heavily influenced by escaping the 90-100 degree temperatures here in Denver to something far more hospitable. But I think we also enjoyed being somewhere full of green landscapes, lush with rainfall and overcast skies.
Seattle just looks cleaner than most major American cities. This was a view taken from the Space Needle (touristy, I know, but it was still a great photo opp).
I know this is one of those “rare” sunny days, but they actually do get quite a bit of sunshine, contrary to popular belief.
This picture was actually taken toward the end of our trip, the day before we left on Friday. It made a world of difference going on a weekday to the Space Needle. The wait was only 30 minutes, as opposed to 120 or so.
Vancouver was also beautiful, but as my sister-in-law’s husband said, it’s just a little different. It’s Canadian, I suppose, and your kind of know that you’re not in the U.S. I think Canadians would think that’s a good thing. Here’s a twilight shot of Stanley Park. I only took about 70 pictures, and this was the one that was the best:
I definitely want to return here someday, because I feel we didn’t spend nearly enough time to give the place justice. The only disappointment? Not finding a decent meal or affordable food. We were warned that things are more expensive north of the border. That was no myth.
I think my kids did not like Whidbey Island as much as RAS and I did, but we saw it as an escape from the urban wackiness, which is something kids don’t appreciate. They will someday, and I hope they remember the time we spent on this wonderful place.
But as always, it’s good to be home again.