After Yellowstone and a Trip Downtown

Back from vacation for a week now and I’m still trying to get into the groove.  It’s a slow go.  I’m plowing through pictures I took in that most beautiful National Park and enjoying them too but honestly, what shall I do with all of them? Yes, a scrapbook, thank you.  That I will. But how many more posts of the place?  I don’t know – that will sort itself out soon enough.  In the meantime, I thought I’d take a break from Yellowstone, and share with you some things closer to home.

Fall rolled in full of fury and it was cold and rainy for a few days. Benji had the right idea and we all likewise hunkered down and rested up.

Then today came along and was everything you want a Fall day to be – all sunny and glorious.  The timing was right too as I’d planned to meet an old friend for lunch in downtown Seattle. I purposely arrived early enough to accrue lots of steps on my fitbit and visit some of my favorite places at the same time. My first destination was the Pike Place Market, which is to me, the soul of Seattle.  My great-grandfather O.T. Frasch might have thought so too when he took this picture in 1909.

Here are my pictures 109 years later and near the same spot I think, less crowded and in color.

The Pike Place Market consists of a few sprawling blocks of old buildings, fresh produce and flying fish. All the tourists love it. So do I.

From the Market you can see the Waterfront and that’s where I headed next.

I love the Waterfront – it’s always fresh and invigorating –

though somewhat marred by the crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct, the elevated highway that runs in front.

But not for long. The eyesore will soon be demolished, replaced with an underground tunnel, and waterfront park.   I can’t wait for that.

~ Susanne

P.S.  Lunch was great too.

12 Comments on “After Yellowstone and a Trip Downtown

  1. Great shots of the market, Susanne. And lovely to see the family tradition enduring since 1909. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. I’ve always wanted to get a shot of the Market the same as he did! It was early in the day so I beat the crowds he had in his, not to mention the horses! 😁

  2. We were just in Yellowstone too but your Seattle pictures really tug at my heart! The idea of a walk on those hills (remember when we were young and had to stop in the middle of a steep uphill in Joe Hay’s stickshift? I remember lots of screaming laughter.) The Freeway Park was about to be built. I can’t wait to see a new park replacing the crumbling viaduct. I’d LOVE to have lunch there with you sometime when we’re up in my favorite city!!

    • How wonderful to hear from you! Too bad we missed each other in Yellowstone! As I was walking around Seattle yesterday for a good two hours, yes, up and down those hills, I thought Fitbit should give me extra credit! And I do remember learning the stick shift, the hills were terrifying! Yes, please let’s get together the next time you’re in town! 🙂

  3. How fun! Your pictures are so pretty! I’ve never been to Seattle, but it looks super cool. Maybe Foster and Panda need to take a trip there on their flying carpet to meet up with Tiger and Benji! LOL

    • Thank you so much! Seattle is beautiful and I’m sure Foster and Panda would enjoy it! Tiger and Benji would love to join them in another adventure! 😊🐱

  4. Great pics. My brother and sister live in Seattle, so I’ve been to that market. The aquarium on the waterfront is also fun–especially for the kids!

  5. I haven’t been in Seattle in many years. I still think of the Space Needle as new! When did that ferris wheel come in?

    • The Space Needle is rather new! 😉 They did a major facelift this year and it now has glass floors which means I will have to think twice about visiting. 😉 The wheel went up in 2012. I rather like its look on the Waterfront though I don’t know if I’ll ever have the nerve to try it.

      • I’m hoping they left some places at the top of the Needle where you don’t see through the floor down to the ground. I guess they had to keep up with the John Hancocks of the world! I’ve been to the top of that one in Chicago but did not opt to step out over glass! 🙂

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