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Sometimes, It’s the People

November 1, 2018
- By Edge of Wonder Travels Unlimited

Ever since my first trip to Seattle to attend a conference when I was barely 20 years old, I have had a love affair with the Pacific Northwest. Rugged, mountainous, and green, the pristine beauty of it captivated me and has continuously called me back. I was born in Oregon, so it might also be literally in my blood.

While living in Alaska, I met one of my closest friends who was originally from Seattle and then moved back to the area shortly after I relocated to New York City.  This provided me with a welcome excuse to make regular visits to the PNW and, over the years, I spent months getting to know the area better (and falling even deeper in love).

Here are just a few of the things that make me love the Emerald City so much that after my first visit, I wanted to move there (I actually ended up in Alaska instead, but that’s a story for another time):

  • It’s surrounded by water AND mountains
  • The San Juan Islands are just a hop and a skip
  • The Space Needle – there’s just something cool and distinctive about that building that I love
  • More houseboats per capita than any other city
  • It was the main set for Sleepless in Seattle (one of my favorite movies of all time)
  • Mount Rainier – who doesn’t love a mountain that seems to just come and go of its own accord?
  • Microbreweries – not that we don’t have them in the Bay Area too, but I was first introduced to them in Seattle
  • Olympic National Park – ’nuff said
  • Pike Place Market – everything about it is awesome
  • Totally unique tourist attractions – I mean, where else can you find a Bubble Gum Wall and a Bridge Troll?

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

A few years ago, my sister and her family relocated to the Seattle area due my brother-in-law’s job with the Navy.  They arrived with my two handsome nephews and beautiful niece and, with my brother-in-law’s deployments, I had the opportunity to move there spend a truly sweet year with all of them…and the PNW.

Recently I’ve been reviewing some of the old posts I wrote when I had a personal travel blog, some of them following my return from trips to Seattle and something struck me.  How, as much as I love that part of the country and I enjoy being there, that even when you visit a favorite spot, sometimes it’s more about the people you’re with (or the ones you’re visiting) that can be the highlight of a trip.

The time spent, the special moments, the shared experiences, and the laughs with people who know you well – all these things can take a trip from good to great to fabulous to mondo-fabulous.

Sometimes it’s definitely the places we visit and the things we do that make a trip, but then sometimes it really is the people.

*Photo courtesy of Grace Kerrington

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