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Half Day in Pike Place Market

I just got back from a work trip to Baltimore and flew back in to rain and clouds that rather reminded me of Seattle. Because I’m just a bit behind in life right now, this will be a short and sweet post about my 3 or 4 favorite places to stop at in Pike Place Market.  I seriously think that if you’re going  to Seattle for a 3-4 day trip all you really need to budget is about half a day for the market.  Preferably the morning to lunch half because of coffee. The end. First stop must be the original Starbucks.  There is absolutely nothing special about this Starbucks except that it was the first one.  But you have to go.  Just because. Next door to Starbucks is an amazing French bakery called Le Panier.  Get anything you want. It will be delicious. After your breakfast and coffee, wander into the market and take in the sights and smells of the many different fish and flower and produce stands.  And try not to be super envious of the 5 dollar bouquets. Seriously.  Insane. Why do fruit and vegetables look so much more delicious when…

Snow Lake, Washington

The Nitty Gritty: 6 miles round trip, 1800 feet in elevation gain, Northwest Forest Pass required Sometimes my excitement is too much to contain, and I let it bubble over to the people around me. A couple weeks ago, the weather here in Seattle was b-e-a-utiful. I think I invited most of the people I know to go on a hike. I ended up with three fabulous friends from three completely different social circles. Thankfully everyone seemed to get along well, and if they thought the group was strange, they haven’t mentioned it to me. The weather was about as close to perfect as could be, and the hike was stunning. There were beautiful views of changing fall colors and nearby peaks as we hiked, and Snow Lake was stunning at the top. Helpful hints: If you’re into camping, there are a number of beautiful camping sites around the lake. &nbsp…

Rattlesnake Ledge, WA

The nitty gritty: 4 miles roundtrip, 1160 ft in elevation change, no pass required, 30 minutes from Seattle without traffic. My wonderful friend Hannah flew in from Iowa for a quick visit. Coming from a land with flat cornfields as far as the eye can see, I promised her a hike in the mountains with a stop at a brewery afterwards. As with most of my attempts at schedules and plans, we were off the timeline after five minutes. We finally made it through traffic to Rattlesnake Ledge, and luckily we were in the mountains near Seattle and not Denver (Denver’s altitude is a real killer) so our lungs handled the sprint up the mountain just fine. Well Hannah seemed fine. I on the other hand was struggling. There was a moment where I attempted to mask my gasps for air as oohs and aahs over the views. I don’t think Hannah was fooled. We took our time on the way back to our car and enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the lake. The stop at a brewery never happened, but I’d still call today a success. Things to keep in mind if you…