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Seattle: The Rain is a Lie

Anna Edgren • September 16, 2015

Seattle is a city I’ve always wanted to live in. It is a big, beautiful, bustling city surrounded by a quietly magnificent wilderness. You get the best of both worlds. People who live here always try to dissuade you from loving it because it’s rainy. The secret is, they just don’t want any more people packing into this awesome city – the traffic is bad enough as it is. Sure it rains. But trust me, that is preferable to the snow, cold, and dreariness of a Chicago (or Michigan, or New York) winter. 

We ended up staying in the area for about a month. We started off our stay by going to PAX with our NEW BEST FRIENDS, RVing couple Ardent Camper. PAX is a gaming convention in downtown Seattle. Video games, card games, computer games. It was madness, in the best way. Larger-than-life displays and totally overwhelming. 

They had rooms that looked like this:

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And this monster bursting through a wall:

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For example. It was pretty neat. 

We also had the opportunity to have dinner with a childhood friend of mine, Emi, and her husband Kyle. They treated us to the most spectacular seafood feast.  We walked in and saw this menu, which we did not understand was in reference to OUR dinner until Emi explained that indeed it WAS going to be that awesome of a meal. 

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Including oysters. We felt fancy. 

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They were also nice enough to take us out on Lake Union for a boat tour!

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With their daughter Clare who is too cute for words and did most of the driving (ok some of the driving).

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The mountains surrounding Seattle are gorgeous and many are within an hour’s drive. We parked the RV close to Snoqualmie (the town), which is in turn very close to Snoqualmie National Park. Marie and Josh from Ardent Camper joined us there as well, and it was really fun to have next-door-neighbor friends for a couple of weeks. 

Marie and I were excited to discover that we both love hiking and camping and we decided to set off on a couple of adventures. First we hiked to the top of Mount Catherine after work one day.

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Max beat us to the top – he is incredibly athletic. I will be huffing and puffing to the top whilst Max runs down to greet me, then back up to the top again. Crazy, crazy dog. 

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Over the weekend, Marie and I decided to go on a bigger adventure – camping overnight and hiking to the top of Alta Mountain. It was CHALLENGING to say the least. Carrying all of your necessary belongings on your back can be extremely tiring – and tough on the knees. It was worth it for the pristine campsite where we found ourselves staying the night.  

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On the edge of Rachel Lake.

The next day we had such incredible views that I am going to unapologetically bombard you with photos. 

Marie brought her dog Gabby, who is the sweetest little dog, but has never been much of a hiker. Boy was she in for an experience… Marie brought an extra bag to carry Gabby in when she got tired. It was hilariously cute, and it turns out Gabby didn’t need ANY help after all – she is a tough little thing. 

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Trying out the doggy carrying pouch

Much of the hike looked like this

Much of the hike looked like this

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Looking down on Rachel Lake

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Hibox mountain – For a few misinformed moments we thought this was the peak we were climbing… happy to find out it wasn’t!

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Climbing towards Mordor

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Surveying his kingdom

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Made it to the top!

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Views of the summit

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This was Max approximately 3 minutes after we arrived back to camp post-climb

As you can see – it was a great trip. My legs were sore for a full week afterwards. And I don’t mean a little bit sore. I mean stairs-are-evil, wincing-in-pain, don’t-even-touch-me sore. It was terrible. But it was 100% worth it. 

I am feeling really glad to have the opportunity to do things like this. I can’t express how much I have enjoyed being able to get outside and see the sights. I loved Seattle before, love it even more now. The whole area is captivating. 

Next we are on to Portland – but first – we are flying back to Chicago for my dear friend Josh’s wedding. Looking forward to being back in Chicago, but I am certain it is going to feel totally weird. Visiting a city you once called home is always a little weird. Also, I will say it is an odd feeling to be taking a trip when I am already taking a trip…. A little break from the RV should be interesting as well.

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Anna Edgren • September 16, 2015

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  1. Kathy Edgren September 17, 2015 - 6:25 am Reply

    Gorgeous pics!

  2. Jeff Chandler September 25, 2015 - 8:35 am Reply

    Love seeing stuff like this. My wife and I have been full timing since early April as well. It seems like we’re playing leap frog with each other, we were just in Seattle about a month ago (also out in Snoqualmie – loved hiking Olympic hot springs, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Mount Si), now in Portland, back up to Seattle for a day and then making our way out east to Ohio. I have to say I’m jealous of your ability to decide where you’re going next as our jobs decide for us. However, if you find yourself in a city that Pippin is playing, hit me up, we’ll be somewhere close.

    • Kelly Reid September 25, 2015 - 10:10 am Reply

      Pippin is one of my favorite shows! Where are you right now? We are southeast of Portland, but heading towards the coast this weekend.

      • Jeff Chandler September 25, 2015 - 11:17 am Reply

        We’re in Portland through the rest of the week. If you and Anna want to come into the city and catch the show just send me an email, I’ll make sure to arrange it.

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