I know…a lot of alliteration.
This summer Josh has been super busy working and taking classes so we didn’t have much time for a summer vacation. I was getting a little stir crazy so Josh planned a little getaway for Labor Day. #ilovemyjoshy We are still working on our goal to visit every MLB stadium and nearby LDS temple so Josh planned for us to visit Seattle and see a Mariner’s game and the Seattle temple. I was SO excited when I found out about it! Josh and I love to go on road trips. I was able to get an extra day off work so we could leave Thursday night after work. We drove half-way to Ontario, Oregon and were going to sleeping in our car overnight, but my dad called in the middle of the drive and gave us a hotel night with his points. Very nice! Thanks dad!
We set off again Friday morning. Eastern Washington is so beautiful with all the green pine and mountains. We loved that part of the drive. We arrived in Seattle around 2 p.m. We stopped by the Seattle LDS Temple to walk around because our hotel was only 10 minutes away and we couldn’t check-in our hotel quite yet. After we checked in, we decided to go to Pike Place Market and explore downtown. It was an adventure trying to find where to park and then finding our car afterwards but we figured it out. The market was really neat and we found some used book stores that had a couple of books we have been looking for in our collection. Score! The fish market was also really impressive. They were selling fresh Alaskan King Crab at $99 a leg, and the legs were longer than Josh. Crazy!
Josh has had a goal on his bucket list to try Steelhead Trout, so we were able to find a really good restaurant that was reasonably priced. I tried some Salmon pasta and it was the best salmon I have ever had. #welovefish We walked off the really good food a bit downtown and headed back to our hotel. On Saturday we visited the Seattle Temple, it was rainy and so we bought an umbrella for the rest of the trip. It was probably the most typical souvenir we could have bought. 🙂
The weather cleared up and we wanted to try some local pizza. It wasn’t super great, but it was good. Josh really enjoyed it. We spent the afternoon at the beach. I looove the beach so we walked around the boardwalk and saw a baby light house and watched the cruise ships come in and out. Pretty awesome. It was kind of funny because most of the tourists we saw in the area were middle aged and elderly people. I guess we’re a little old for our generation. 🙂
Saturday evening we went to the Seattle Mariners baseball game. It was so fun. I was always a fan of Ken Griffey Jr. growing up (fellow lefty), so it was fun seeing the team with who he mostly played and in the same year he was inducted in the hall of fame. The Mariners played the Angels and lost pretty badly. But we saw some great baseball players, like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols! The Angels hit 3 home runs in one inning, in right, center, and then left. And we saw Pat Venditte, a pitcher on the Mariners, that can pitch ambidextrous, crazy. We had to try the stadium food fare. Josh had a really good hot dog, typical baseball food. I had fresh Sushi. They rolled it right in front of you. I figured I wouldn’t have that opportunity again. I’m pretty addicted to sushi. The weather was great and it was the perfect evening for a baseball game.
We went to church on Sunday and then went to another beach to have a picnic. We hiked to a secluded beach and then had a picnic lunch. It was so nice because we were the only ones on the beach. I found a few seashells to add to my collection. We then started our journey home and went to Spokane. We stayed with Josh’s childhood friend Kenny and his wife. They were so nice to host us. We also stopped by the Spokane LDS Temple. That was fun because that particular temple design is similar to both of our mission temples, Palmyra and Montevideo.
On Monday, we headed home early and stopped in Missoula, Montana to get some huckleberry jam and chocolate. We also stopped in Idaho Falls to get some potato thickened chocolate milk. So good!
We had such an incredible adventure. I’m so grateful to my Joshy for planning this trip! #weloveseattle