Knitting with Company

I traveled through Seattle this weekend on my way to Bainbridge Island for the Knitting with Company retreat at Islandwood.  As always, the Puget Sound scenery was stunning!

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The view from my room at Inn at the Market – a perfect vantage point to watch the ferries go by Park Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, and the waterfront ferris wheel.

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My favorite boutique hotel, right in the heart of downtown Seattle – and they leave Seattle Chocolates on your pillow!

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Tulip season in the Skagit Valley was in full swing, and Pike Place Market was full of them.

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Fresh fish at Pike Place Market . . . and fresh squid?!

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Dinner at Etta’s Seafood was delicious, particularly the sour cherry and almond crisp with cheesecake ice cream.

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The rain held off until nighttime, when it was lovely to watch it from my hotel window.

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In the morning, I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island – 35 minutes of pure bliss on the water :)

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The views from the south end of Bainbridge are absolutely incredible – one morning at sunrise, Mt. Rainier was big as life and there was a steady stream of sea lions porpoising by (you can see one in this photo – the dark squiggly line in the foreground).

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Sunrise during my morning run through Ft. Ward state park and the south beach of Bainbridge.

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Local wildlife – the indigenous banana slug, Islandwood’s official mascot.

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During my run the next morning, a bald eagle flew RIGHT OVER my head and landed in the tree right in front of me – he (or she?) was huge, and even 50-75 feet up, could be seen clear as day.

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The next morning, the Olympics made a stunning appearance, as viewed from the beach on the southern end of Bainbridge.

 

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