this may be confusing. yes, i am, in fact, in New York City.
but two weeks ago i was in Washington, and that's what we're talking about today.
my military training took place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA. while i would have loved to have been in Seattle the whole time, the drive just wasn't feasible. fortunately, i have a very generous friend who let me crash with her in Tacoma for the two weeks i was there. so nice.
Tacoma was incredibly charming. the proximity to the water felt just like home, but that's where the similarities ended. i adored the architecture, the hilly streets, and Point Defiance park.
so much so, that i chose to trail run there. without even having anyone chase me.
scenes from Point Defiance park. well done, Washington.
and below are some excessively friendly creatures.
i instagrammed this, but i just could not stop with photos of these dahlias.
Washington's flowers were to die for. i could not get enough. (you'll see. more to come.)
no trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to the Pike Place Market. especially for a foodie. and it was heaven. so many foods. so many colors. so much....coffee.
then we cruised out to Gasworks park, for the view, of course.
and this runner man posed for a photo op.
just call me Meredith Grey
next stop was Ballard. an absolutely adorable hood, with more intriguing and delectable-looking restaurants on a single quarter mile street than any other place i've ever been.
but you gotta pick one, right?
so we picked The Walrus & The Carpenter...but they had a 2 hr wait. and my stomach said no.
so then the backup was Bastille.
i mean, i guess it'll do.
my gorgeous and generous benefactor, Allison
lobster mushrooms. they're a thing, and they're delicious.
i get really excited about eating.
and there she blows.
the Space Needle. in all her glory.
i made some time to go sightseeing all by my lonesome one evening, before meeting a friend for dinner. it's something i had never done much of in the past...solo sightseeing. but i have to say, i kind of loved it. it relieved some of the pressure to have immediately processed the things i was seeing so that i could talk about them with my companions. and i got to do exactly what it was that I wanted to do.
i recommend it.
so i did the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, feeling incredibly cultured all the while.
it's a pretty city.
so many of you left comments and sent emails with recommendations of places to eat, go, and experience. i can't tell you how valuable this was. i just wish i had the time to go and do every single thing. i feel like i just barely scratched the surface of what the PNW has to offer, and i'm looking hard for the first opportunity to go back. thank you all for making my trip so incredible. it would simply not have been the same without your input.
now. on to my first day of Toxicology at the New York Poison Control Center.
this should be interesting...
more to come on New York later. and how i kicked a rat.