Scraped Up In Seattle (RV Series #18)

(Our family is on a five month RV trip. We are journeying West from Dallas, TX and making our way up the Western coastline finishing in Washington state before we streamline our way back to CO for the summer.)

Seattle, Washington. The words alone soothed my heart like aloe on sunburn. John and I agreed that four months was perfect for our first adventure. Five was one too many. We’d stayed the course because we had nowhere else to go. Our Denver home was still under complete renovation from the flood and our mountain ranch home was in the final stages of a complete remodel. We were forced to stick it out to the dire end.

Had I never driven in Seattle traffic, I would’ve proclaimed it the coolest city of all. California traffic congestion has nothing on this town. Because Seattle is surrounded on all fronts by water and can’t build new roads, they’ve been forced to surrender all DOT allocated funds for new infrastructure and pour it into their football team. Clearly the only way they beat our beloved Broncos at the 2014 Super bowl. But really, the traffic sucks.

Seahawks Stadium

Seahawks Stadium

Alek with our beloved Broncos mascot, Miles

Alek with our beloved Broncos mascot, Miles

The city, however, rocks. The Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, the Space Needle, the parks, harbors, and inlets, and the drive-thru coffee shops on every street corner. It’s all amazing. The RV Park was more like the traffic. Pretty disappointing. In fact, we voted it worst RV Park of the trip with Hayden Island (Portland) a close second.

Space Needle

Space Needle

Pike Place Market - Love!

Pike Place Market – Love!

Seattle harbor

Seattle harbor

Tee Tiny, narrow spaces with no grass and no views, located right on the main road in a shady part of town nearly 30 minutes north of Seattle. Apparently, Good Sam rated them high based on the fact there just aren’t many other options. Too bad.

Worst RV park of our trip

Worst RV park of our trip

We barely fit into the space

We barely fit into the space

After a tour of the city, a tour of the Boeing manufacturing plant (which I highly recommend), and John visiting customers over the course of the week, we said goodbye to Seattle and decided to use our second allotted week to visit Vancouver, British Columbia and made our way to the border.

View of Seattle with Mt Rainer in the background

View of Seattle with Mt Rainer in the background

Mt. Rainer

Mt. Rainer

Boeing manufacturing plant

Boeing manufacturing plant

Massive facility where they build these aircraft. No pictures allowed inside. It's a must-see if you're near Seattle

Massive facility where they build these aircraft. No pictures allowed inside. It’s a must-see if you’re near Seattle

Since it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and we’d heard that border patrol crossings could get backed up for several hours, we stopped for lunch just before the border. Red Robin. Yum. That’s where John broke the news about having scraped the fender on my SUV along a sizable boulder while making his customer visits in Seattle.

His accumulated scrape count was climbing: Three on his truck fenders, one on my SUV, and one on the rig. He was averaging one per month. Yes, five months was one month too long.

Truck front fender

Truck front fender

Truck right rear fender

Truck right rear fender

Truck left rear fender

Truck left rear fender

SUV front fender

SUV front fender

Fifth-wheel scratches

Fifth-wheel scratches

Next Stop: Vancouver, British Columbia

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2 thoughts on “Scraped Up In Seattle (RV Series #18)

  1. Hey Natalie, so good to see that you are keeping on keeping on. I enjoy and appreciate your honest take on the day to day struggles of life, marriage and motherhood all squished together in a RV.
    How you are able to keep your sense of humor without dwelling on the negatives is beyond me! I am sure it’s not always easy, please know I am thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers.
    By the way, Brian and I are headed to Seattle later this month to celebrate our 25th anniversary. I will have days to wander while he works, any must see suggestions? (Our hotel is walking distance to Pike’s Place, so that is a given!)
    Hugs to John and the kiddies.
    xoxo
    Sandy

  2. Pingback: The “Other” Vancouver – Canada (RV Series #19) | SHEPHERD STYLE

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