Snoqualmie Falls and Downtown Seattle {Life Lately August 20}

Snoqualmie Falls Washington

Hi! How is your week going so far?

Last week my sister came to visit Ryan and I, which was so much fun! There is so many places to see and things to do around Seattle and the Cascades that we squeezed as much as we could into her four days here, only to think of more things we should have done. 

On Friday, we attempted to go downtown. Seattle got hit by pouring rain. Despite what you hear, most of the rain in Seattle is a light drizzle. Pouring rain completely deviates from the norm, and as a result traffic became incredibly backed up. It normally takes us about half an hour to get downtown, (we thankfully don’t have to cross Lake Washington), but on Friday evening it took us 90 minutes to drive all of 25 miles. Once we arrived downtown, we discovered that the Pike Place Public Market was closed for a special event! 

Pike Place Public Market Seattle
From our visit on Sunday.

That’s when beer comes to the rescue. We all went to The Pike Brewing and enjoyed a delicious dinner (and beers for those of us over 21).  

Seattle knows their German food. Mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, grainy mustard sausage, and two pale ales actually made for a really good dinner for the night before my longest run to date (16 miles!). 

Pike Brewing Seattle

Saturday, after my long run, the four of us (Charlie, of course!) visited Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascades. It was only about a 45 minute drive from Bothell and definitely worth the visit. First, we viewed the falls from a lookout point and then took a short hike (no more than a mile) down to the river bed, where we were able to get a closer look at the falls. Unlike Bridal Veil Falls, we couldn’t get right under these, although we certainly saw people trying!

Snoqualmie Falls Washington

After visiting Snoqualmie, we decided to drive down to Mount Rainer National Park. It was so cloudy, though, that we were not able to see Rainier well until our drive home! We were pretty much right next the to the mountains the whole time, but could not see it due to the poor visibility, which was a bit of a disappointment. 

Mount Rainier National Park
Pretty positive that Mt. Rainier was right behind those clouds.

On Sunday, the sun finally showed up so we went downtown again to see the Space Needle, tour the Pike Place Market, and enjoy some seafood. Downtown was extra crowded due to end of summer tourists and Hempfest (and no, we did not go anywhere near that, the smell of pot alone makes me sick). 

In the evening, we decided to explore the Eastside a bit. There are so many great wineries, trails, and parks in Bothell, Woodinville, and Redmond. As much as I love downtown Seattle, I really love the Eastside. Granted, I’m biased since I run on the Eastside trails every day, but seriously, it’s ridiculously beautiful.

Chateau St. Michelle Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville

After walking along the Sammamish River Trail through the Columbia Valley, we took Charlie to the off-leash dog park at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Charlie, needless to say, was ecstatic, especially once he made friends with a Shiba Inu/Pug mix and an English Bulldog puppy. They ran around and played for the better part of an hour until they were all exhausted! 

Marymoor Dog Park

On Monday, after dropping my sister off at the airport, Charlie and I met up with one of my bridesmaids and her cousin for some hiking in the Issaquah Alps. Of course, I totally forgot to take photos, but we had such a fun time and I was so glad to see my friend while she was in town!

Today I’ll be linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. 

Questions of the Day:
Have you ever visited Seattle? What was your favorite part?
Do you own a dog? What’s his/her name and breed?
What’s your favorite winery? —-> Since my mom used to live on the Eastside of Seattle (Bellevue), she had been to Chateau Ste. Michelle before and it was the wine she got me for my 21st birthday. I love their wine! 

 

 

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22 Responses

  1. I can’t wait until we have a dog to take out and explore with us. I also don’t have a sister, so I’m batting pretty poorly right now, lol, but I HAVE been to Seattle. Sad face though that Alex did not get whommped by a fish at the market, but it was near closing time, so I will give them a pass.

    1. YOU SHOULD GET A DOG. They are the best for exploring companions! Neither of us has been hit by a fish yet in the market, although it’s so crowded whenever we’ve gone in summer that I don’t know if they have room to throw them!

  2. My MIL & SIL live in Bellevue, so we come out a couple of times a year usually. In fact, we’re trying to decide just when our fall trip should be at the moment.

    Snoqualmie is beautiful!

    But most of the time since we’re visiting and my MIL is over 80 and has some health issues, we don’t do a whole lot. 🙁

    We have 2 long haired chihuahuas.

    1. I’m sorry to hear about your MIL health issues. I know she must value your visits so much though. Hopefully the weather cools down by your visit! And your dogs sound adorable! 🙂

  3. Man, the PNW is a beautiful place, eh? I love it here. Seattle is great! Obvy been there a zillion times. Andrew ran the Amica Seattle marathon there last November. Brutal hilly course though, YOWCH.

  4. This trip looks like it was so much fun! Pike Place is such a fun place to visit! Both times I was in Seattle I was there for business so I didn’t have a lot of time to do touristy things, and this post is making me so jealous that I didn’t get to do all of these cool things. Glad you had a great trip!

  5. I desperately want to visit Seattle, as well as a few other areas of the PNW. I do have a pup – yellow lab named Kona. Totally my best friend 🙂

    1. You really should come out here! Seattle, Portland, beaches, mountains – we have it all! And yellow lab = too adorable! 🙂 Ryan and I always say that Charlie is one of our best friends.

  6. I love that you guys go on hikes almost every weekend. I can’t wait to start going on some myself! What a disappointment that Pike Place Market was closed. I’m glad you guys got to see it on Sunday, though.

  7. Love your pictures! Those falls are so unbelievably beautiful. Also congrats on 16 miles, woohoo!
    Never been to Seattle (or anywhere west really) but it’s definitely on the list!
    I have a cockapoo named Marley. He is the devil but I love him:)

    1. We went to Novelty Hill – Januik and it was SO good – they have amazing wines and a huge, dog-friendly outdoor area. I’ve been wanting to go to Chateau Ste. Michelle because they have a free tasting and I also love their wines. Definitely many wineries to try and you can’t beat the views in Woodinville- maybe we can meet up sometime at one 🙂

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