To be perfectly honest I was a little less excited than normal while prepping for this trip than for others we have taken recently. I mean, we are not going to need another language or currency or even a sim card to to get around. If we run out of shampoo we can find the same old brand in any store, unlike trying to sort out the deodorant from the hair spray in cyrillic. We are not even leaving America for cripes sake! But seeing the glaciers before they disappear is definitely on my Must-Do bucket list so that is the reason we are going.
Now I will admit it. Except for a flying visit to Eureka, Oregon I have never been north of San Francisco. When I envisioned Seattle I thought, ok, big city with lots of coffee shops. What I didn't realize is that there is just so much GREEN here in the Pacific northeast - you step two minutes away from the center of town and you are engulfed in trees. It is quite disconcerting for a city girl.
What I love about Seattle is it is the perfect smash up of anti-establishment youth culture and immense wealth. So you have all these skateboarders wandering around with head to toe tats (including quite elaborate face designs) but a ticket to the science museum costs an eye bleeding $29 a person. You can’t tell the multimillionaires from the nearly homeless.