Wow, what a trip!
I recently took a week long vacation to Seattle and Vancouver and fell in love. Both cities are incredible, though I'd argue for Seattle if I had to pick my next home. Walkable cities, great scenery, lots of stuff to do if you're a city person or an outdoorsy type, and fantastic food all around. Yeah, I think I enjoyed myself.
On top of snagging some fantastic images, I also gathered some fun tales and adventures.
- There are three beaches in La Push: La Push, Second, and Third. My best guess is that the Native Americans named Rialto (just north of La Push) beach and then La Push as they moved south, but then ran out of ideas or the will to name the other beaches, so they just started using numbers.
- It really is a small world after all. I met the aunt and uncle of a high school classmate, Melissa, from Atlanta, who had just married another classmate, Jim, from our high school and my alma mater, Georgia Tech. A chance meeting created because I made a joke about the uncle's Clemson hat. Whaddaya know?
- Vancouver was gorgeous and I was seriously spoiled by my traveling companion's aunt and uncle. Thank you so much Bob and Susan for the free bed, amazing meals, and wonderful wine!
- Food in Seattle is fantastic. Purple Wine Bar and Cafe needs to get a location in Atlanta. It has a massive center column of wine that spans the entire height of the building, with a staircase spiraling around it. Super cool.
- There are no seats in the original Starbucks (established in 1912). It was designed as a standing room only bar. It was so packed when we visited there weren't any other options!
- The city of Seattle was established in 1851 where it was established right on the beach. The men responsible didn't understand tides, so the first row of buildings and street were somewhat-submerged daily. It was thanks to the Great Fire of June 6, 1889 that they were able to fix this. The fire started because a kid was making glue and allowed it to overflow from the pot. Glue back then was made from animal parts AKA fat. So when he threw water on the growing fire, things only got worse. He then ran in panic, not realizing that the floor above him was used to make paint and the adjacent buildings held dynamite, ammunition, gunpowder, and other highly flammable and explosive materials. The entire city proceeded to burn down in about 12 hours, with no casualties. There's now a large underground network of the original buildings that's open for viewing. I highly recommend the Underground Tour; the guides are hysterical.
Olympic National Park was my favorite part of the trip. The beaches were amazing and my favorite images came from La Push at sunset. My buddy and I set up on a log and waited for the sun to go down on a pre-determined spot. Just as we were about to shoot, a family came down and starting playing on the tree we were using for the foreground in our image.
After silently cursing them for a moment for getting in the way, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. What I got was a cute little story that I think is better than the sunset image on its own.
This trip was a huge stress reliever and allowed me some time to review some much needed business strategy. Now that my batteries are recharged, I'll be hitting the marketing trail and working on landing some wedding gigs! It’s been way to slow this year for my liking. Time to make some changes. Muahahaha