This past weekend Chris and I drove to Seattle, Washington for a qigong retreat. The three hour drive to Seattle ended up being closer to 6 hour drive. We had slow traffic around a six car pile up brief stints of heavy rain and had more slow traffic due to road construction. We ended up driving into Seattle at the early end of Friday’s rush hour. So we weren’t surprised at slow traffic entering town. After navigating with the help of our cell phones to the hotel, I was grateful that we were greeted by a rainbow outside our window (see my Share Your World post for photo of the rainbow). I figured the rainbow was a great sign for our weekend.
The next morning we got breakfast at the hotel. Came back to our room and made a couple of plans to see some of Seattle before our class started at 1:30 pm. We decided to go see a park and eat lunch at the Red Mill Totem House since it was real close to where our qigong class would be held.
We left ourselves about three hours to stroll through a Gas Works Park at Union lake and lunch. We thought we had plenty of time. WRONG. The traffic in Seattle is horrible and scary. We got lost, even with our iPhones for navigation. Most of the drive was literally .2 miles turn right, .3 miles turn left, 500 feet gentle right. I didn’t have time to take my normal drive by shooting photographs even with camera in hand.
I did happen to get this mural, although I didn’t notice a right turn in 200 feet. And that ended up with about a 15 minute detour to get back to the same point.
There would have been lots of opportunities to take photos, but with traffic and directions so crazy, I was only able to get this photo. The roads are extremely narrow in Seattle. There were times I had to make sure Chris didn’t knock off mirrors on parked cars.
We never did make it to the park. We did however make it to the restaurant, we both just sat in the car for about 10 minutes before we got of the car. We just sat and tried to catch our breath. We were that frazzled from the traffic. We have both driven in large cities before, but none even came close to this type of crazy roads and drivers. Here is a photo of the outside of the little restaurant we had lunch at.
I got some pretty cool photos inside this little restaurant too, which no doubt will end up on my blog at some point.
Once we got to where our qigong class was we were able to sit outside and enjoy a nice Seattle day. One of the class members was sitting on a bench playing some music.
And another person arrived to class in a taxi cab. He was actually quite smart, he took the Amtrak train from Portland and took a taxi everywhere in Seattle. Now that is the way we would like to travel in Seattle.
We left Seattle early on Sunday morning and headed back to our little city about 1 hour south of Portland. We stopped for breakfast at a Denny’s in Lacey, Washington. Chris immediately noticed this wonderful Military Honor Table for POW – MIA – KIA. She grabbed her iPhone and took some photos. See her post for full details. Chris is a Vietnam Veteran and this really spoke to her. Her post is worthy of being read. She talked to the Denny’s employees and they said that single rose is taken a lot. Chris came home and ordered a dozen fabric single roses to help keep the rose there. We are assuming people who were really touched by this display would take the rose as a remembrance.
Needless to say we won’t be going to Seattle a lot if ever again. Our stop at Denny’s and the wonderful employees there made our whole weekend worth it. Our qigong class was great too.
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