And we will be back to Seattle, for sure. I don't think we've been there together, ever, although we once traveled through to visit a friend nearby. I had a fun visit with my sisters five years ago and Pater has been there for work, but even though it's the perfect distance for a weekend getaway, it's somehow never beckoned. So we had so much fun together discovering its many delights, its fascinating similarities to and differences from our own Pacific Northwest city only a few hours' drive north.
For example, Pike Place Market
Today, I'm off to dress up in my doctoral robes one last time for our spring Convocation. Many of my former students will be receiving their degrees, a few very special ones among them, and I have the honour of being Mace Bearer. It's surprisingly heavy and if the weather is good, the procession goes through part of our town square. Plus I'll be watching my step carefully and praying I don't trip! I'm hoping to get a photo or two of me in my long gown -- a very different What I Wore!
But I'll check for your comments when I get back . . . have you ever visited Seattle? What did you think? Or, and perhaps more interesting, what worthy travel destinations within three or four easy hours from home have you not got to yet? And why not? Or which ones were you similarly surprised to find your loving after taking too long to get there? Or tell me if you're much wiser than we are and you take advantage of near-enough getaway spots regularly. All fodder for the conversation.