First stop after landing was downtown Seattle to Pike's Place market to purchase some essentials: handmade pasta, lemon infused olive oil, beeswax lotion bars from Moon Valley Organics, and handmade soaps from the Olympic Peninsula lavender farms. A beautiful warm, sunny day in the PNW.
The fish sellers in Pike's Market are a big attraction.
Final destination of the day -- Elliot's on the bay -- for the best raw oysters ever and the a little kettle of New Zealand mussels. Absolute heaven. Oh, yes, Mel and I imbibed on mango mojitos. One is enough!
Kubota Gardens in the south of Seattle. What? Another sunny warm day. What gives?
The trio posing for a picture.
And right in the heart of Bellingham is an amazing park at Whatcom Falls. This is a rain forest in the middle of town. This is the bridge over the river.
And into the forest we go.
On the trip back to Seattle, we made a detour off the I-5 to enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Many, many fields of tulips. We went to Tulip Town, one of the farms.
The weather was drizzling, freezing cold, windy. We donned rainboots to slog around in the slippery mud. Thank you, Mel, for thinking ahead. We would have ruined our shoes.
The colors of the fields were spectacular, even in the gloomy weather.
And a crocheted triangle shawl, using my handspun yarn. I ran out of yarn so I will have to spin more to complete this project.