It’s crazy to think that I’ve lived in the Greater Seattle Area my entire life, but haven’t done any of these things yet. Maybe my parents took me when I was “unconscious” (early, early years of your life in which you have very few memories of), but either way, I’ve recently discovered that Seattle is a much larger city than the bits of the Space Needle, Waterfront, and the University of Washington that I’ve seen. With that said, after looking through Instagram and my friends’ Facebook pages, here is my current list of things that I want to see and do, one day in Seattle, WA. These are in no particular order, food is not particularly my number #1 priority haha:)
1) Eat at a Dick’s Drive-In restaurant.
Dick’s Drive-In restaurant in Seattle, WA
I don’t care how many Chick-fil-A’s come into this area, my number one choice of fast food that I haven’t eaten at yet has to be Dick’s. My brother talks about how good (and cheap!) the food is, and although there are three separate locations within a 20- mile radius of my apartment, I have yet to eat there. Personally, I hope that Dick’s is short for ‘Richard’s’, or else the name just bothers me. Then again, I am a teenager with a juvenile mind! Anyway, Dick’s is not really a restaurant, it’s more of a “nutritional establishment”; basically, there’s no interior to eat within, you walk up to a window, order your food, and be on your way. They sell burgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes, cheaper than McDonald’s!
2) Go for a run on the Elliot Bay Trail.
View from the Elliot Bay Trail in Seattle, WA
To burn off those fattening (yet hopefully delicious!) calories, although I would have to wait a bit before trying any exercise after eating a few burgers without chunking it into the sea, one of the places that I really want to go for a long run is on the Elliot Bay Trail. This trail begins in North Seattle and follows the coastline of Elliot Bay to a place which I’m not sure of, but I’m sure that it ends somewhere in Seattle. Sorry for not being resourceful or helpful at all, considering that I am on the internet right now, but this is a blog run on personality rather than factual evidence. Basically, any trail that runs alongside a body of water in which you can see the other side gets my little heart beating, and I’m so psyched for the day when I live in Seattle and can go for a run on that trail anytime I want.
3) Drive past the on-location mansion in Queen Anne which was used for the exterior of Meredith Grey’s house in the early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.
Meredith Grey’s mansion on Queen Anne (this isn’t me)
There are few words that I can accurately use to describe how much I love the first several seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in which Meredith Grey, Izzy Stephens, George O’Malley, and eventual other interns live together in a mansion on Queen Anne. After Meredith and Derek moved into the “dream house”, I think that the show kind of declined and got stuck on an issue for too long, and the season finales began to get less cliff-hangish. Back on topic, I have a feeling that the owner who lives in Meredith’s house wouldn’t appreciate any “visitors”, so driving by or walking through the neighborhood would probably be the best option.
If anyone’s interested, here’s the address to the mansion:
303 Comstock Street, Seattle, WA, because 613 Harper Lane doesn’t exist:(
4) Have a picnic at Myrtle Edwards Beach/Park.
View of the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, WA
So I have this feeling that my parents took me to this beach when I was younger because that’s the kind of thing that my parents would do to keep my brother and I occupied when we were both much younger. Regardless if I’ve been taken here in my unconscious, fetal years or not, the bottom line is – I want to go to the Myrtle Edwards Beach/Park, just a ways north of Alaskan Way and the iconic Seattle waterfront with the pretty Ferris wheel and expensive restaurants. One of my favorite parts of going to a beach (in particular, Mukilteo), is having a picnic with sandwiches and salads with my family or friends (or both!), and taking panoramic pictures of the ocean and unsuspecting pictures of dogs that I find cute. Oceans are cool, even if you can see the other side.
5) Watch airplanes come in-and-out at SeaTac International Airport
This one stems from a memory that I have with my father when we waited at a parking lot a little bit outside of SeaTac, watching airplanes come in and out to faraway places, while waiting for a family member to fly in from Europe. I have this fascination with random people in places like airports, train stations, and sometimes IKEA, wondering where they came from, where they’re going, and whether they are happy or not. Please tell me I’m not crazy. I just want to spend a nice hour or two, sitting on the hood of my car on a summer afternoon/evening, watching the occasional airline fly into and depart from the place that I’ve spent much of my childhood life in.
Maybe I’ve given you ideas for a lazy afternoon if you already live in the City, or for a spare day if you’re traveling from out-of-town and don’t know what to do with the free time!
Either way, I hope you all have a nothing-but-lovely day!