In keeping with the tradition we started last year, this football season we ventured to the Pacific Northwest which had been on my list since I took a business trip to Seattle a few years back. As I have gotten older I've really started falling in love with fall. I just love switching out my tea of choice for a spicy chai tea latte, adding in the occasional spiced cider and making steel cut oats with extra cinnamon.
Everywhere you turn in Seattle you are surrounded by evergreens. I am talking Christmas trees all around. It's so beautiful. The city actually reminds me a lot of Boston which is one of my favorite cities.
With everything going on leading up to the trip we decided we really weren't going to have an agenda. We were literally going to wake up in the morning and see where the day would take us. The only thing we did have planned was a day trip to Mt. Rainer National Park. I highly recommend taking a day trip to Mt. Rainer which is an active volcano. It is the most spectacular place. If you are interested, you can read more about it here. I literally felt as if we were walking through a Christmas candle. The evergreens make it smell heavenly. We were able to hike up a portion of Mt. Rainer. The views of the mountain and from the mountain are amazing. The hike is a little bit of a struggle but it is totally worth it. I hate to get sentimental but it's one of those views where you make it to your destination and you look around to admire the view and think...."This is why we work so hard". I don't know how to describe it. It's this moment in time when you are reminded how beautiful nature is and how beautiful it is to be able to experience it.
Back in town we hit up local farmers markets, visited Pikes Place Market where they sell local foods and arts and crafts. We visited the original Starbucks as well as the Starbucks Reserve Tasting Room. Did a little shopping at the original Nordstrom and of course had lunch at the Nordstrom Cafe. If your in Seattle and have time to check out the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit right next to the Space Needle you totally should it is amazing. We were so inspired by the exhibit that we actually took a class on how to blow glass. The Texans game was fun as well. Even though I am not a big football fan, I have really started to enjoy visiting the stadiums, trying out the food and people watching.
I came home with an apple addiction. We literally made it a point to buy a few apples every other day. There are so many that I still have not tried! It was great to disconnect and remind ourselves that having an agenda is great but not having one allows you to be open to wherever life might take you.
Below is a little glimpse in to our trip. I hope you guys have a happy Thanksgiving! As usual, I have so much to be thankful for.