What a day exploring the city! We “hiked” 10.9 miles, climbed 57 floors, and took around 26,043 steps. It was a sunny day in Seattle, and although I’m not a huge fan of cities, we had a great time.
We are staying at an adorable bed and breakfast called The Bacon Mansion on Cap Hill. This place has a few dog-friendly rooms, and we were lucky to scoop one up so that we could spend a night in the city.
The owner, Daryl, is really kind and told us where to take Niki for a walk to explore the area. We adventured to Volunteer Park and Lake View Cemetery. Fall is in full force, but the flowers are still in bloom. This area is truly an oasis of lush vegetation and beauty within the concrete jungle.
We climbed the 107 stairs up to the water tower observation deck. From here we could see Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains, Puget Sound, the Space Needle, and all of the beautiful scenery Seattle has to offer. It was definitely worth checking out.
We walked around the park for a bit to see the falling leaves, ferns, and crazy big flowers. We eventually made our way over to the cemetery.
Why go to a cemetery while on vacation? Well, our wonderful host, Daryl, was kind enough to inform us that Bruce Lee and his son Brandon were buried in the cemetery just down the street from where we are staying.
I am not joking when I say that their graves are marked on Google Maps, so they were not too hard to find. I loved seeing the headstones covered in flowers and offerings. We only stayed for a few minutes, but I’m glad we went.
The cemetery itself is beautiful and has amazing views of Lake Washington. There are huge trees, shrubbery, and plants. It was neat to see all of the old headstones, and we even saw some graves dating from the 1800s.
Going here was definitely a very neat experience, but please make sure to stay respectful and remember that these people were peacefully laid to rest here by their families.
Pike Place Market
The bed and breakfast that we are staying at is around 1.8 miles from Pike Place Market. We were excited to have a safe place to leave the doggo and the van so we were more than happy to walk downtown.
It was a weird change of pace to use the GPS all day while “hiking” around the city. We got to walk through the Capitol Hill local business district as well as the large buildings of downtown Seattle, and everything else in between.
We had a great time, but I have a bias on generally disliking cities so I’m not going to share the shenanigans that we saw.
I loved exploring the market, seeing the Ferris wheel, and checking out Puget Sound. We were even lucky enough to get a clear view of Mount Rainier!
We definitely ate our way around downtown. Doughnut holes in the morning, sausages with kraut at lunch, samosas for a snack, and pre-dinner ginger beer cocktails.
We ate dinner on the water at Anthony’s Bell Street Diner and had a delicious feast! We had mussels and the most amazing sourdough as an appetizer. Johnny ordered surf and turf, and I had Alaskan salmon. Oh yeah, and another Moscow mule, of course.
We walked all about for many hours today. I personally think that experiencing the city on foot was the best and most exciting way to explore! We definitely deserved the feast that we enjoyed.
Seattle was cool, but I’m ready to be out of the city. Peace, love, and happy hiking!
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