Back in August I spent two weeks in Seattle. It seems July and August are the perfect time to go there.
A week with an old friend
An old friend of mine from college live in a suburb south of Seattle with his wife, toddler, and purse dog. I spent a week hanging out with them / at their house. It was great seeing my old friend, getting updates, new stories, old stories I hadn’t heard, etc.
We spent a day doing tourist stuff. This was at the locks – there was some live music and sort of a car show
Near the Space Needle:
We stumbled upon this outdoor movie set up and ready to go. We had to wait a bit for it to get dark and start
A week in the city
Then I spent a week on my own hanging out in various Seattle neighborhoods. I really like Seattle. It has some normal nice aspects cities can like being in good shape, relatively clean, feeling safe, having young people, etc. But one thing I really liked is that it doesn’t feel spread out. There is a lot of water that prevents this – the sound on the west side and lake Washington on the east. So all of Seattle that is ‘in the city of Seattle’ is between those bodies of water. Once I was in that area, there was very little reason to leave it. When I drove from one side of the city to the other, it took 15 minutes or less. Contrast this with a city like Denver that has no geographic boundaries. It has developed into a sprawl now covering hundreds of square miles. When I’m in Denver I end up with reasons to go from one side of the metro area to the other, and end up driving a lot.
After spending 10 days or so bumming around Seattle, I felt like I could spend an entire summer in the city without even leaving. The weather was nearly perfect while I was there. From what I hear, that perfection doesn’t last long.
Real estate prices are crazy there. I spent some time in a two million dollar house in Capital hill that was definitely nice, but that would cost $250k in the midwest. I also saw a basement studio apartment that was really small and not that nice, for which rent is about $1,000 per month. wow. So, I don’t think I’ll ever live in Seattle unless my net worth grows much quicker than I expect, or if I find some kind of alternative living arrangement.
Given that I haven’t been there any time other than summer, I’m not even sure how much I’d want to actually live there. Anyways, Seattle is awesome during the summer.
Parked by lake Washington
I spent three afternoons on Madison Beach.
Met a nice girl up here at Kerry Park
I had a wonderful time over these two weeks in Seattle :-D. Up next, camping and hiking in Olympic National Forest, and then on to Portland.