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6 Days With Friends In Seattle

Seattle - Snoqualmie Falls

The past six days I have been visiting with some friends in Seattle. I have only shared one post from this time about my drive to Mount Rainier. In many ways, the past week has not been the regular tourist thing in Seattle and a little more relaxed. There were a couple of first for me this week, but no pictures, so you will just have to take my word.

Arriving In Seattle

I returned to Seattle from Victoria the same way I left via the Victoria Clipper Ferry. The return to Seattle was on Monday 29th August. The ferry trip took around 2.5 – 3 hours and was scheduled to arrive around 2.05 pm. There was a small delay in arrival plus some time to collect baggage and pass through customs. However, it all worked out ok as my friend arrived almost spot on when I walked out of the terminal.

Trying Bikram Yoga

My friend that I am staying with is a frequent attendee of Bikram Yoga Classes. So one afternoon I decided to join her for a session. I was rather unsure what to expect as I have never been to a yoga class, let along a Bikram Yoga class before.

Bikram Yoga is a little different to some other types of yoga, in that it is a performed in particular conditions. The session runs for around 90 minutes in a room kept at 105F (40.5C) with 40% humidity.

To be honest, I do think that I did better than I thought I would. However, I was not able to complete all the poses or even attempt some of them. But in saying that it was a good start and feel like it is something I would like to try again. The most interesting aspect is that even coming from a hot climate at home, the heat gets to you.

Driving In America

Another first for me while in Seattle was to rent a car and give driving on the right side of the road. I had been looking at giving this a try on both of my previous visits, but never truly found the need. While it was not a cheap exercise to rent the car for two days, it was a good option to, fill in two days my friend had to work.

One day I went for the day and drove down to Mount Rainier. A rather substantial drive and an excellent way to get into the act of driving on the opposite side. In the end, I found it quite easy to transition to the other side of the road. I will not hesitate to rent a car again in the future when in America.

Seattle - Rental Car

Chateau Ste. Michelle

I took another short drive the day after I visited Mount Rainier. I stayed more local and visited a winery not far from where my friend lives. It is her favourite winery so seemed like a good idea for a birthday present. A nice area to drive around and a very nice winery to visit as well.

Seattle - Chateau Ste Michelle Seattle - Chateau Ste Michelle

Snoqualmie Falls

There are extensive areas around Issaquah where I am staying that are bush. If I had more time, I think I would have very much enjoyed heading out for some hikes. However, not much time for this. I did get to visit a waterfall that was quite spectacular. Snoqualmie Falls are quite amazing, and this picture is a low flow in flood times it can be considerably more water.

Seattle - Snoqualmie Falls

Thrive Seattle

For the last evening with my friend, we visited a restaurant in Seattle named Thrive. The restaurant is a raw food restaurant, and I was not too sure about visiting here. However, I found the food to be quite good and even though it looks like coleslaw, had some interesting flavours. Not my favourite meal of the trip, but still an enjoyable meal.

Seattle - Mighty Thai Plate at Thrive Restaurant

I do want to apologise for a rather short, disjointed post for the past six days. However, wanted to fill in what has been happening on my trip for you. I could have shared a post each day, but it would have been rather sparse. I felt it better to give one decent post of the highlights than four or five half-hearted posts.

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