We both said multiple times during our day in Seattle, “If it was always this nice, we might live here”—it was a simply gorgeous day to be out and about! After touring Seattle Fire Department’s Station 5, we walked north along the piers enjoying the view of the ferries, West Seattle, and the Olympics.
Sprocket thought we were torturing him with all the looking at water but no swimming:
After being on the waterfront for awhile, we headed up to Pike Place Market to find some lunch. We saw the original Starbucks (packed as always!):
We watched them toss fish at Pike Place Fish Market:
Finally, we found a place to sit down and eat our pierogi and gyro. Sprocket was just enjoying the huge variety of smells in the market:
Once we were done exploring downtown, we headed over to West Seattle where we met up with some friends, Chris and Katie. Since it was such a beautiful evening, we put their boat in the water and headed over to Bainbridge Island for dinner at the Harbour Public House. It was really fun to catch up and hear about their adventures in Panama (now I can’t wait to go there some day).
Forrest, Sprocket, and I decided to go walk around downtown Seattle a bit. Forrest had never been to Seattle (and neither has Sprocket) so we started out on the waterfront. After we stared at the fireboats from the Ivar’s pier for awhile, Forrest sent me up to the door of the station to ask if we could have a tour. To our surprise, not only were they happy to give a tour to two volunteer firefighters from Colorado but they let Sprocket join us! (My dog was seriously impressive: wonderfully well behaved, didn’t flinch at the grated ramps, or jumping on the boat. He’s awesome.)
For information on official tours of the fireboat, please visit the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Station Tour information page.
Buying a new property always involves a some work to make it what you need it to be. If you’re picking up properties on the cheap (as we always do) there’s always an element of imagining what things will be like once we’re done cleaning up. We’ve been hard at work and I should have some “before and after” posts coming for you soon! For now, here’s some shots of what we’re up against:
Piles of wood:
Random cross-property fencing:
Once we closed on our property in Colorado, the first order of business was to head back to the Northwest to see our families before going to Idaho to get our stuff. While we were in Oregon the weather was absolutely amazing so we called Ezra and headed out to the coast. Sprocket absolutely loved playing in the waves and we really enjoyed the sunshine!
Just when I thought our Jeep-Scamp-ATV trailer was a bit much, we moved everything that we had left in Idaho in one trip. It was a long drive but we made it despite a tire blow out on the trailer 80% of the way home.
As it turns out, everything we own can fit in the Jeep + ATV trailer and the van + pickup box trailer.