Day 1 - Seattle
|Saturday, April 2, 2016: We left Indy early and had a layover in beautiful Colorado.
|The Denver airport's design resembles the mountains nearby.
|With a couple of hours to kill, we decided to try out a pair of massage chairs. We decided that they were worth every penny and vowed to stop at every one we saw for the rest of our lives. (Our next opportunity was a week later in Reno.)
|Here's a huge art installation meant to reflect Colorado's mining history.
|For lunch, it was an obvious choice to order a Denver omelette. Duh.
|Our flight path to Portland took us over the Rocky Mountains (shown here) and the Great Salt Lake.
|We were fortunate to be on the left side of the plane as we passed beautiful Mt. Hood.
|Portland was nice and sunny as we arrived.
|Inside the airport terminal, we found that we were already in the magical land of Rogue Ales.
|But we had places to go and had to leave that magical land behind.
|Who knew that a sunroof this large would end up being useful in the Pacific Northwest?
|We were able to glimpse Mt. St. Helens in the distance to the east as we headed north. It's just barely visible on the right side of this photo.
|We decided to take the long route to Seattle so we could drive past Mt. Rainier.
|No. Way. Did we really luck out and visit Washington in tulip season? Yes, we did! Totally unplanned, folks.
|We were on the hunt for a great view of Mt. Rainier. We kept getting glimpses of it, but it was tough to get a great shot.
|Until we got here. Yeah, check out that gorgeous mountain with the cool circular cloud hovering over it like a halo. We couldn't have planned that better if we tried.
|The closest Ivar's Seafood to Portland is in Tacoma, Washington, and we were finally there.
|Hello, delicious Ivar's crab cocktail and clam chowder-in-a-bread-bowl. Oh, how we've missed you.
|Our bellies full, we headed north (Maersk!) ...
|... along the Seattle waterfront, ...
|... to Ballard.
|We had a date with wonderful friends at the 418 Public House. Here are Marley and Gena, ...
|... and Richard and Peter (not pictured: Jennie).
We had a great time and had to get a group photo before we called it a night. Tom was gracious enough to serve as photographer.
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