On September 8 we took the car ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle.
The Space Needle, Seattle’s icon. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it was–for some time–the tallest structure in the western US.
Downtown Seattle. The city has succeeded in nudging NYC off the #1 spot on my list of favorite urban areas in the US… We spent the evening catching up with my former graduate student Julianna, her husband Dan and their daughter Eloise who live in one of Seattle’s leafy northern neighborhoods.
On September 9 we toured a few of Seattle’s neighborhoods and then drove south toward Mount Rainier National Park.
Truly a majestic mountain!
On September 10 I hiked up as far as I could on the Skyline Trail.
The park boasts lush wildflower meadows.
This Hoary Marmot was calling for a mate (I guess?)…
… and this chipmunk was kind enough to hold still just long enough for me to take a picture of it.
Mt. Adams, the state’s second highest peak, looming in the distance.
We’re staying on a KOA campground with electricity, laundry facilities and hot showers — bliss.