Looking Back: Bainbridge Island and Seattle

February 26, 2018

I’m sitting at my desk trying to study for a midterm, but all I want to do is go back out west. Here are the best pics from my trip to Bainbridge Island and Seattle with my mom, dad, and grandma.

Bainbridge Island

We took this trip because my cousin was getting married on Bainbridge Island, which is across Puget Sound from Seattle. The first things I noticed were the flowers. I had never seen flowers this bright and colorful before. My mom and I took so many pictures. While on the phone with her yesterday, I asked her to think back to her favorite part of the trip. “I loved the flowers outside of the hotel,” she said. “They were amazing.”

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A dozen or more of these hung from posts on every block.
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From the bush outside of our room at the Eagle Harbor Inn
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Good news, everyone: I found my dream home.
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If we drove instead of flying, I may have taken all of these succulents home with me.

These two pictures are from Fay-Bainbridge State Park. My cousin and her husband held their pre-wedding picnic here. It was a beautiful day: 60 and breezy.

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I wasn’t sure where to put my hands…
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My mom, looking flawless as usual

We spent part of another day strolling through the Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre public forest garden that reminded me of a Japanese garden at times.

For breakfast each morning, we walked from our room at the Eagle Harbor Inn to a lovely diner called the Streamliner. “Oh yeah, the Streamliner!” my dad said when I reminded where we ate. The fact that we refused to try any of the other cafés or diners in the area is a testament to how good that food was.

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Me and Dad!
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Mom and Grammy deciding

My dad’s brother Jim is an architect, and he took us out to one of his work sites on the island. His firm is called rho Architects. Their projects page is pretty extraordinary.

The house-in-progress that we visited had a million dollar view, and the cost of building it probably reflected that. Still, I can only imagine how nice it would be to wake up in the morning and have coffee with that view.

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Unbelievable.
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Replinger, Hossner, Osolin.

The Wedding

The wedding itself was one of the highlights of the trip. It was like a family reunion. From the picnic to the ceremony to the reception, the whole event was just plain happy.

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Me and Mom squinting (it was sunny)
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The three brothers and their mother
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Little brother, bride, and groom!

Seattle

We only spent one day in the city, but from the moment we got on the ferry, I knew I would love it.

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Rainy City? Not this day!

We spent several hours walking around downtown. We visited Pike Place Market, but I didn’t get any pictures. I was too distracted by the giant fish that flew through the air every 30 seconds or so.

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Nice lights
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A humongous journal entry
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Mom at Pinterest!
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More flowers

We also stopped by the original Starbucks!

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The early version of the Starbucks logo
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I live by this.

Near the end of the day, we visited the Seattle Art Museum.

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See person below for scale
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You can’t tell, but I’m wearing an Illinois shirt.
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Yellow 🙂

Each day of our five day trip, I started picturing myself living in Seattle someday more and more. I hope to visit again within the next year. Next time, I want to go hiking, spend time out on the water, and see a Seattle Sounders match. If someone gave me a plane ticket, I think I would go back tomorrow. Actually, I would save it for July. Our weather last summer was nothing short of perfect.

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