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- Flying over beautiful Seattle on Friday morning.
- Heading off the airplane and to our hotel.
- The first sight of the Pike Place Market. Such a cool place.
- Real talk
- The rumored “first” Starbucks. This was so exciting considering Starbucks runs through my veins.
- Long lines!
- Some Indie band that probably gets lots of tips from the tourists.
- Pre-race smile and birthday balloons at the speedy 4th corral
- The first runners waiting to rock and roll (ha, get it?)
- Post-race pose next to the Space Needle
- Booty bumpin’ birthday balloon (b)girl – rocking out at the Gym Class Heroes performance.
- Another medal pic…
- Lauren standing strong while other runners stretch and squat
- With our mom and David… Smiling and glad the run went well!
- A rainy trip up to the top of the Needle
- I braved the cold and snapped some pics while these kids stayed inside.
- On the elevator ride back down, we were traveling at the same speed as the rain… Pretty trippyyyy!
- Our official race times.
- We all cleaned up, the sun came out, and it was time to taste some chocolate at the Theo factory. They sell in Whole Foods and it was neat to check out where the magic happens.
- Full of chocolate and endorphins, we wisely headed to a pub.
- Everyone got brews, but I opted for a glass (or 4) of Diet Coke. The food was delish! Lots of French fries, a giant spinach salad with bleu cheese and toasted hazelnuts, a local vegetable pesto pasta dish, and a juicy falafel burger. Hit the SPOT.
- Sunday morning stroll down Pike Place.
- Breakfast at Etta’s (one of the famed Tom Douglas restaurants). I got a scramble with asparagus, morel mushrooms, asiago, and some heavenly cream sauce… And some toast and potatoes. And lots of ketchup. I love ketchup.
- My mom got the monkey bread and basically licked the caramel sauce out of that little bowl.
- After breakfast, we walked down to the waterfront and enjoyed the sunshine. We were so lucky to have clear skies.
- Strolling through the farmer’s market and back to our hotel prepared us for a hearty lunch. I grabbed a soda while David ordered some grub.
- A crab sandwich, 4 types of chowder, and a large market fresh salad with bleu cheese dressing. I ate the salad and the cup of vegan chowder. So, so good. I literally declared, “I could eat like this everyday.”
- Some other sites from the town… The Space Needle (in the sun this time)!
- A park with painted trees and interesting statues.
- The gay pride parade (which just so happened to be right in front of our hotel).
- The EMP Museum. We didn’t have enough time to do the full tour, but we did check out the lobby and gift shop! They were playing Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner: Live at Woodstock” on a huge TV screen. It reminded me of my American history class last semester because we watched the same clip in class.
- Okay, one FINAL shot of The Space Needle ;)
- A chocolate/espresso/apricot cookie from a really cute bakery (forget the name). Anyways, it was good; the chewy apricot sure was something different.
- Bye Bye Pike Place.
- Sad sisters saying so-long to Seattle :(
- Nothing a little (or a lot of!) froyo couldn’t fix. Oreos and cookie dough and chocovanilla swirl makes for a happy Nicole.
And now, we’re home!
Stay tuned for Lauren’s recaps… We did SO MUCH cool stuff this weekend that I didn’t snap pics of. Say it with me- “Savor Seattle Food Tour” – yeah, soooo much cool stuff!
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