This weekend was the ultimate summer weekend. A group of us made a day trip to Seattle on Saturday. Tori and Alan had never been to Seattle (pretty understandable for Tori since she's only here for the summer, but Alan's lived here for over 3 years!). So we made the 3 hour drive north and had a great day in the "Emerald City". We first went to Pike Place Market where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant, music is playing, and fish are flying - literally. We bought some delicious Rainier cherries (just about the only cherries I'll eat now), sweet rasberry jam, an avacado the size of a small cantelope and fresh pluot (a plum apricot hybrid) smoothie to sip on as we walked around.
We headed down to the waterfront where Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range were in full view over the Port of Seattle which flows into the Pacific Ocean. We walked around and enjoyed the views (even though it was quite warm and muggy on Saturday), dropped into the Central Saloon (Seattle's oldest bar) for happy hour, then headed to the Mariner's game - the real reason we made the day trip to Seattle. The Mariners played the Boston Red Sox; and since the Mariners are dead last in the American League West standings, we weren't expecting much of a game. Plus, there were probably nearly as many Boston fans as there were Seattle fans at Safeco Field. But the Mariners suprised us and beat the Sox 5-1 in an exciting baseball game! We made it back to Portland around 2am and I dropped into bed exhausted after a fun-filled day.