I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been born, raised, and live in Seattle, Washington. My parents moved out here in 1972 with my newborn older brother who was born in Madison, Wisconsin. My father taught as a professor of English Literature at the University of Washington for a decade before moving on to teach the rest of his career at a private high school, retiring after 30 plus years of inspiring thousands of students to pursue their dreams, many of whom chose teaching and writing as their careers. He has thousands of Facebook friends…more than I ever will, so that says something about his impact.
That being said, I am so grateful they chose to make the move here. When they came, they had no place to live, stayed with gracious friends from college who had made this their home, eventually finding a rental house, eventually having me. They bought a house in 1972 by Green Lake, an incredibly popular neighborhood now, for $25,000. And the house prices in this neighborhood today? Upwards of $1-2 million. I couldn’t even afford to live in my own childhood neighborhood now.
Yes, I was a lucky girl to grow up there, merely a couple blocks from my lake, I call it. I still spend almost every morning there going for a walk, a run, working out, yoga, picnics, bike riding. I want some of my ashes spread there. That’s how connected I am to this place.
But, ALL of Seattle is like this for me. The whole city is a natural metropolis of jaw-dropping beauty, surrounded by water, ocean, two large mountain ranges, active volcanoes (Mt. Rainier in the pictures, and Mt. St. Helens), islands, and wildlife. Want to go skiing for the day? 30 minute drive from downtown to snow in the mountains. Want to take a ferry day trip? Hop on one from downtown and you are on Bainbridge Island in 30 minutes. The options are endless.
Of course we have the internationally renowned Pike Place Market where tourists flood into from docking cruise ships, but where many locals like myself still shop there to shop there, because it’s that amazing. It is also home to the original Starbucks cafe. The one that started it all. It’s small, not meant for sitting around and sipping your coffee while reading your magazine, because it’s tourist mayhem. But, they do serve all the Starbucks drinks, plus sell original merchandise you can only get there.
Home to Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Expedia, Amazon, and many more tech based industries, ranked one of the most intelligent and polite and fastest-growing cities in the nation. We are feeling the growing pains, Amazon’s employee influx (only halfway to their goal of 50K employees), rent and housing escalating to ridiculous heights, and some tension between the incoming residents pushing out the local native Seattleites, so we have to find a way to make this work, but it’s my home, and I love it.
Not to mention our fantastically diverse and booming restaurant scene. Don’t even get me started…I have SO many pictures of food. Next time, foodies. 🙂
Please enjoy these various professional pictures of my fair city…
View of Downtown looking south from Queen Anne Hill. Mt. Rainier in background.
Snoqualmie Falls, home to the show Twin Peaks which they have started to film again in the town of North Bend. The Salish Lodge is a luxury resort and spa perched at the top of the cliff there.
Mount Rainier in the winter, excellent and deadly mountain to hike, beautiful day trip. Also…could possibly explode any day now. 🙂
View of downtown Seattle looking Northwest toward the Olympic Mountain Range. You can see our sports stadiums there.
University of Washington’s Quad, in full cherry tree bloom, where I got my Political Science and History degrees.
Humpback Whale jumping in the Puget Sound waterways…
Killer whale pods make Seattle their home! This was a new pic as of this morning on the news.
Sunset over the Olympic Mountain range and the Puget Sound
Super Blood Moon captured hovering over the Space Needle!
Tulips fields north of Seattle in Mount Vernon, another beautiful sight every April. Mt. Vernon is the second most producer of tulip bulbs in the worlds, second to none other than The Netherlands.
Ferries! My favorite.
Mount Rainier casting dramatic shadows at sunrise.
Rainbow over my fair city, The Emerald City, as she is known.
Snow Geese in Skagit Valley
These last couple are mine…and I love photography, too, so I’ll be sure to add more of my own.
My happy place, Carkeek Beach, only a few steps from my house.
The deadly Amanita mushroom, very poisonous, but very fairytale in appearance.