Well folks, the sad day has come. Our dear friends, the Wilcoxes, are moving to Seattle this week. (You might remember my post here about going house hunting with Amy. Or this post about our fabulous meal in Ballard.)
I am so sad. There are few people in your life that you know in your bones you are going to love the minute you meet them. That’s how I feel about Amy. She has been a true, genuine, authentic friend whose company I never tire of. She is who she is, and I am who I am around her. No pretense, just honest open friendship. We love their whole family. Their son Matthew was a godsend to our boys. And Adam…I’ve tried to explain to Adam how unique it is that Rex always answers his phone calls. (He hardly ever answers mine.) Rex truly loves Adam. Our families bought a sailboat together and have shared some great memories in the few years we were lucky enough to have them near us. We plan to visit them more often than they would ever want us to.
So in honor of the Wilcoxes, I am going to share a few other Seattle favorites that Amy and I experienced on our trip together. On our last day, we were able to squeeze in some actual touristy sight seeing. Top on my list was Chihuly Garden and Glass. I have always been completely mesmerized by glassblowing and was dying to see this amazing glass in person. Even though we were right by the Space Needle, my focus was singularly Chihuly. All I wanted to see was the glass. And I was not disappointed.
After being completely amazed and inspired by Chihuly and determining that I must see a live glassblowing demonstration, we decided it was time for lunch. We headed to Pike Place (remember it was touristy sight seeing day) to grab a bite.
We decided to stroll down along the piers and find our way to the ferry to Bainbridge Island. It was a gorgeous sunny day (highly unusual, everyone kept telling us). We sat on top of the ferry to enjoy the views and were glad when we finally got moving and a breeze kicked up because we were roasting. Every time we saw a mountain top I would ask Amy, “Is that Mt. Rainier?” I took a dozen pictures of dinky peaks that were far away. All at once, everyone on the ferry shifted to one side and pulled out their cameras. “Aaahhhh, that’s Mount Ranier!”
We landed on the beautiful shores of Bainbridge Island and decided to take the scenic walk that loops from the main street down along the water, through a wooded park and back to the ferry station. On our next visit, I plan to drive so that we can explore the whole Island.
After our stroll we decided to head back to the city because we had a ridiculously early flight the next morning (thanks Adam). Our car was parked back by Pike Place, so we walked several miles through the downtown area, checking out the shops, restaurants and the overall downtown vibe.
One of my jobs on the trip was restaurant duty and I decided to pick a place close to the apartment in Capitol Hill. I had read about Skillet and noticed it had a Capitol Hill location so we decided to check it out. The inside had a fun diner vibe with table or counter dining options.
Because the weather had been so nice and I’d already upset the diners inside, we decided to eat outside. Skillet’s menu is a fancy twist on comfort food.
I had already met my starchy food quota for the day with the piroshky so I opted for the yellow tomato and artichoke salad.
Amy had the tomato basil soup (which I regret not getting).
Both were delicious but I think, honestly, the best part of the meal was the mocktail we decided to try. We were so thirsty from the unexpected heat wave that we were just too tempted to pass one up. We both ordered the Designated Driver: Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice, simple syrup, apple, and lemon. Man, was it tasty! Not too sweet, just the right amount of tartness and totally refreshing.
It was the perfect end to our whirlwind weekend in the Emerald City.
We are going to miss the Wilcoxes desperately but are so glad that they are moving to a place that is full of so many fun things for us to discover with them. I figure I’ll give them a week to unpack and then we’re moving in…