Was your vacation a hit this year?  Did you do a family vacation or just you and your spouse?  There are so many memories when you think back over the days you enjoyed time with your family.  We traveled to the Great Northwest where the weather traditionally is much cooler than here in Texas.  Our first morning we were watching the weather and they said, “Its going to be a scorcher today, high of 91 degrees”.  I mean really a scorcher?  We had just left Texas heat that was well over 100 degrees!

While in downtown Seattle we experienced the narrow streets, hills and lots of people!  Our first sight seeing was just walking along the pier area.  Then we got up the nerve to go up on The Big Wheel, that is one really big Ferris wheel. The views were simply breathtaking.   Took lots of photos because that is what I do!  Memories are important.

Then we wondered over to Pike Place Market and walked up all those steps!  Don’t know how many, but there were certainly a lot of them.  This place is amazing because there are hundreds of vendors here situated on 6 floors.  You can find out more by going to this site www.visitseattle.org because there are  many cool things to see and experience.  If you go there make sure you eat at one of the many restaurants, they all have fresh seafood.  Yummy! There was a winery at the market and we did the wine tasting.  The WilRidge Winery & Vineyard is located in Yakima, WA.  You can check out their website at www.Wilridgewinery.com and they can ship to Texas!

On other days we went up to Mt. Rainier National Park, impressive!  On the way up the trail we stopped at several places to view the beautiful sights.  We stopped at Longmire and Paradise to get out and check out a few trails.  You can see Mt. Rainier from almost any angle or place in the Seattle area.  Beautiful vistas to enjoy over and over! We went to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, walked along the beach and just generally checked the place out, then on to Fort Nisqually which was established in 1855.  This was not a ‘fort’ where soldiers lived, but a ‘fort’ that was actually used originally for fur trading because it is located on the Nisqually River.

Wow, we were able to cram a lot of sightseeing, and visiting with family in a very short 4 days.  It was great visiting with family and enjoying the beautiful scenery.


Sue Thornton

Mt. Rainier
Mt. Rainier



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