When our youngest daughter told us that her return flight from her deployment to Korea back to DC had a layover in Seattle we knew we had to go. The fact that it was in Seattle encouraged us to extend the trip an extra day because this is one of the few major US cities that I have never been to. Lee went a couple of times when he was a kid, but I had never been and going to Pike Place was a long-time bucket list item of mine. Originally we thought we would just have a few hours at the airport with her, but when she made arrangements to extend her layover overnight, we immediately added a third day.
Part of our stress over the issue we had with the truck was how we would make the trip, but that actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Seattle is not really big truck friendly and the Pike Place area is really not so. But we had a small rental car and were able to find parking right near the marketplace, which was pricey ($30), but worth it. Turns out the market is really numerous converted buildings and we both found it really confusing. I had images in my head of guys throwing fish and shops along a wharf area, but the market place we went to was more of an old warehouse district and it took us a long time before we found what I would consider the heart of the marketplace.
I know people love this, my mother-in-law DeDe went everyday when she was in Seattle, but personally I felt a little assaulted. Part of that is we have been living in a really isolated place all summer, but it is loud, expensive, and for me at least, claustrophobic. I am glad I got to experience it once in my life, but I wouldn’t be in a big rush to go again and since this was a Weds in the afternoon I shudder to think what the weekend would be like.
After a couple of hours though I just felt like I needed to leave and we headed back towards the airport and our hotel. We took a wrong turn which turned out to be pretty awesome because I got a closeup view of the Seattle Seahawks football stadium.
Really though we were both excited about seeing our kid. We looked everywhere for a hotel room near the airport that had two bedrooms and a separate sitting area in our price range and finally found one near an Amazon distribution center that we could afford. At $350 for two days it still wasn’t cheap but it had what we needed and more importantly would give our daughter a room all to herself. We knew she would be seriously jet lagged coming in and since she had changed her travel plans for us it was the least we could do.
The next morning we waited anxiously to get the text she had landed and then headed to the cell phone lot. She had to go through customs (which went really fast) and then we had to find her but there she was!
We whisked her right back to the hotel, where we learned she hadn’t slept in 24 hours, but she was determined to power through and ultimately made it 36 hours so she could spend time with us.
It was a wonderful night with our kid and made the trip so worth it and I even learned how to use Pokemon GO and Snap Chat. I’m always behind in the latest apps and they catch me up when they see me, so now as we travel I can catch the Pokemon, which is a little like geocaching for the younger crowd. Love my girl and loved my time with her, so happy that it all worked out so well.
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