Oh, The Places You’ll Go
“You’re off to great places, today is the day.
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Oh, the places you’ll go. The places you’ll go if you are willing. Willing to interact with complete strangers, or get lost in a city you’re not the most familiar with. This trip to Seattle was the most fun I have had in a while now. Having no plan was the best plan after all. It started off by us getting offered the opportunity to go sailing with Björn. He is a friend of a friend that Brent and I knew. Oh, the power of a “you should meet up” tweet! Neither Brent nor I had ever been on an actual sail boat, so the guys really made us feel like a part of the “crew.” I even got the chance to hoist a few sails and pulled some other lines (while they yelled at me, of course)! It was an amazing experience, and we ended it by watching the sun set from the water. It was incredible.
The next day started off by going hiking with a former co-worker of mine, Mike, to a lookout point a few miles outside of city. We went about 8 miles total, and my legs still hurt! Sadly, it started to rain as soon as we got to the lookout and we came back completely soaked. Apparently, It rains in Seattle. Who knew? The rest of Saturday we pretty much found ourselves lost in the beautiful city of Seattle. We explored some bars, vegan bakeries (Brent and his damn dietary restrictions), random overpasses, and even had a few drinks with some old co-workers.
The last half day we spent it exploring some of Downtown Seattle, as we were leaving that afternoon to head back to Chicago. Since it was 4/20, and we were in Seattle, we got really *high* by going to the observation deck of Seattle’s tallest building (not the space needle). We then took some time to visit some of Seattle’s parks and just wandered the streets, soaking it all in. It was a great way to end the trip.
Needless to say, I had a blast on this trip! I’m so glad I had to the opportunity to make the journey via train with Brent. Being with Brent was fun because, like most photographers, he is fearless when it comes to breaking rules. Photographers are always willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot, and he definitely was (ask him to tell you about stepping into Mexico!). Whether it’s climbing into trees, or making a run for it when the train makes a short stop in small towns along the route, he made me nervous, but I'm happy to say we survived!
I loved my first train trip *this* much