After the 4th in Nehelam, we ventured north to Seattle along the 101.
Very dear friends from Beirut had recently moved to Seattle. Ardent foodies and outdoor enthusiasts, a weekend with J&M is hard to beat.
We took in iconic views of Seattle…
…ate a fair amount of ice cream, explored Pike’s Market, the Gates Foundation Interpretive Center, and spied the Space Needle. The city boasts many options for those who want to take it all in (Duck Boat Tours, chartered kayak and boat trips, whale watching, etc.) but we were content to kick back, cook, walk, and experience J&M’s version of Seattle.
One post-dinner exploration took us to the Streissguth Garden, an iconic landmark in the Lake Union/Capital Hill neighborhood we were staying in. The garden is a hillside, reclaimed from the brambles and ivy decades ago by Dan and Ann Streissguth and then gifted to the city not so long ago as a way of ensuring this gem will be around for a while, and not parceled off to developers. Dan and Ann, along with family and volunteers, care diligently for the hillside space that is home to PNW natives, hummingbirds, bees, and the like. We were fortunate to meet them both and hear a bit of their stories. He is a retired architect and she is one of researchers responsible for figuring out Fetal Alcohol Syndrome back in the day and continues to teach at UW. Both shared enthusiastically about the garden, their adventures, and wondered over our own interesting paths in life so far. A hidden gem indeed, one I’ll venture back to.