Last week we met my parents in Seattle for a whirlwind of a visit before going to a family friend’s wedding. I’ve never been to Seattle before, and it was an amazing trip! We crammed so much fun into such a short amount of time that it would be way too overwhelming to put it all in one post. So I’ll share a bit at a time as I gather pics and memories together. My family makes fun of me for “documenting” every moment, but I really do enjoy looking through photos again after it’s all over.
This next Seattle sight isn’t actually in the city at all (again! oops!) – we took a whale watching day trip to the San Juan Islands with a stop at Friday Harbor. The day ended with the coast guard and fire trucks… but I’ll get to that in a moment!
We woke up bright and early to board the Victoria Clipper ferry. The ride out to the islands took about 2-3 hours, so we had plenty of time to kill.
It was cold and windy at the top – I could only go up for short bursts of time! The islands were beautiful, really unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Almost otherworldly.
We stopped at Friday Harbor to let off the passengers who weren’t continuing on to the whale watching. Word was out that a male transient orca was close by Victoria Island, so we headed that way. We crossed into Canada’s waters – everyone’s cell phones went off with alerts about the roaming before the captain even announced it, ha!
We found the orca, along with every other whale watching tour in the area. The orca surfaced every couple minutes, so we saw a few fins and spouts through our binoculars. It was a little weird that there were so many other tours also following the same little whale, I felt like we were invading his privacy!
We stopped at Friday Harbor again for lunch (and ice cream!). Beautiful boats and storefronts!
Then it was time to head back toward Seattle. The weather was beautiful – warm enough to sit up on top and enjoy the views.
When we were just a few miles from docking, the captain announced that there was a small fire in the engine room. The bottom level was evacuated and everyone gathered on the top floor. Fortunately, no one panicked and everything was handled very smoothly.
We were greeted by the coast guard and firemen as we docked at a nearby pier in Ballard.
As we disembarked, we had even more spectators… the media! Mom even had her fifteen minutes of fame on the news!
Check out the link below to a video clip from the local news! (I tried to embed it but it didn’t work, sad face)
Yep, you can see me at 00:45 taking a pic with my phone… I guess I really do document every moment!
And here’s the Instagram of that moment!
Buses arrived quickly to take us back to the pier… and that was the end of our adventure! Not quite the way we thought the day would end, but since no one was hurt it has turned into a good story.
Whew! Quite a lot for a little day trip. We were exhausted and it was after 9 PM by the time we got back to where we started. We quickly found a nearby restaurant… fun atmosphere but the food didn’t knock our socks off.
But mostly, we were just glad to be back on dry land, safe and sound!
More sights from Seattle coming soon!