In which there was a sunset boat ride

I came home the other day and Jeff wasn’t home. I called to check in and he said I wasn’t going to be happy with where he was.. My first though was that he was playing with our friend’s dog, and I was sad that I’d missed that. Instead he was on the boat, on a gorgeous Seattle evening with our friend Tom. I was seriously jealous until Tom said they could pick me up if I could drive down to the Huskie’s Stadium. Which I immediate hopped in the car and did. They picked me up off the UW boat dock and I got these pictures and a wonderful sunset in return. Thanks so much Tom!

Montlake bridge over the cut separating Lake Union and Lake Washington

Montlake bridge over the cut separating Lake Union and Lake Washington

Party of 40 some odd sailboats in the middle of Lake Union. Apparently they do this every Tuesday night.

Party of 40 some odd sailboats in the middle of Lake Union. Apparently this is a sailboat race that (d)evolves into a party every Tuesday night.

The Fremont Bridge and sunset.

The Fremont Bridge and sunset.

Seattle skyline at night

Seattle skyline at night

Gas Works from the water

Gas Works from the water

Gas Works via Instagram

Gas Works via Instagram

 

In which we tricked Bri into getting on a Duck Boat

My co-resident Bri loathes the Duck Boats in Seattle. You know the ones. They surface in any major touristy city – D.C., San Fran, Branson, Newport, KY, Boston, Philly, Boston and Stone Mountain, GA and are amphibious tour busses (boats). They’re slightly.. okay, really annoying – a major feature is that they use loud quackers to get locals to wave at them and acknowledge their presence.

Duck boat on land

Duck boat on land

Any real local just kind of tolerates them as a tourist attraction and sometimes this toleration boils over into true abhorrence, à la my friend Bri. She has told me multiple times how much she hates them and that no matter what, never in a million years would she get on one. Never, one must always remember, is a very strong word. 

Bri’s birthday was this past week and so Kat and I concocted a brilliant plan to get her on one of these tourist traps. First, Bri owed us pedicures for part of our birthday presents from back in March. So off to Wallingford we went to collect at Night Lite Nails.

Clockwise from upper left: Bri, Kat and I.

Clockwise from upper left: Bri, Kat and I.

And then lunch at my favorite Mexican place in Seattle, TNT Taqueria:

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From there we convinced her through a series of lies and half truths that we were going down to the Seattle Center and managed to make it there without too much suspicion. The only trouble was when we neared the Duck Tour station (“Oh I just want to check the price of a ticket for when my family comes in town…”), she began to suspect the inevitable and took off running away down the block. Luckily we had more co-ressies meeting us there and Matt graciously tracked Bri down from her sprint and carried her back to her own special seat on the Duck:

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All touristy annoyingness aside, it’s kind of nice to see your own city with someone else driving. I learned a lot today and hopefully it’ll make me a better tour guide for our all visitors out here.

Nice picture of the Market without having to dodge traffic

Nice picture of the Market without having to dodge traffic

The Waterfront without trying to find parking

The Waterfront without trying to find parking

Bri began to forgive me after I gave her a commemorative birthday duckie I stole from work (we give these to the kids too small enough for the toys from the coin machine).

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It's awesome how much public art our city has, especially downtown.

It’s awesome how much public art our city has, especially downtown.

Seattle landmark Pink Elephant Car Wash (first automated car wash in the nation) - where Elvis cleaned his pink cadillac daily during the 1962 World's Fair

Seattle landmark Pink Elephant Car Wash (first automated car wash in the nation) – where Elvis cleaned his pink cadillac daily during the 1962 World’s Fair

Over the Aurora bridge - so nice to have the luxury to take pictures and not be concerned while driving so far up!

Over the Aurora bridge – so nice to have the luxury to take pictures and not be concerned while driving so far up!

We picked an awfully good day - you could see the Mountain out in all her splendor.

We picked an awfully good day – you could see the Mountain out in all her splendor.

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Bri, Karen, Kat, Matt and Karin

After we crossed over into North Seattle we entered for a quick dip in Lake Union in North Lake

After we crossed over into North Seattle we entered for a quick dip in Lake Union in North Lake

In the water we got incredible views of Gas Works Park

In the water we got incredible views of Gas Works Park

Gas Works and Kite Hill

Gas Works and Kite Hill

Matt, Ian, Me, Bri and Kat

Matt, Ian, Me, Bri and Kat

Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

Group shot on the Duck

Group shot on the Duck

We also saw the charred boats from last week's 4th of July fire.

While in North Lake we also saw the charred boats from last week’s 4th of July fire.

Out towards the Ballard Locks going towards Puget Sound

Out towards the Ballard Locks going towards Puget Sound

View from the back of the Duck

View from the back of the Duck

All in all I found it an enthusiastic view of our adopted city. There were some lies (we do not call the Burke-Gilman Trail the “Spandex Highway” even though there are a lot of bikes) and some history lessons (in 1889 the Great Seattle Fire destroyed the entire 25 blocks of the city, but only one person died), a few good city pictures and a lot of fun with the co-ressies. Bri said she didn’t like it, but she’s smiling in all the pictures, so you be the judge:

Ian, Me, Matt, Kat, Jim, Karin, Bri and Karen

Ian, Me, Matt, Bri, Jim, Karin, Kat and Karen

Exploring our own backyard

Its been a great weekend here in Seattle!

Friday night Jeff and I were invited along with all the other first year residents to the Pediatric Department’s graduation. Healthcare residencies usually begin and end their years around July 1st, so that’s why the “late” graduation for them and my “early” beginning to residency. It was held down on Lake Union at McCormick & Schmick’s and was a very special glimpse into the close knit nature of the program. The first years and some of our significant others commandeered a table towards the edge of the room and it was a great chance for us to celebrate surviving our first week and say farewell to the older residents, many of whom we met at the interview.

First year residents!
Kat, myself, Christine, Bri, Janice and Jim

Ian, Matt and Jeff planning the matching tattoos they’re going to get. Poor guys are going to have to spend a lot of time supporting Bri, Kat and I!

On Saturday morning Jeff and I walked to the Trader Joe’s down in the U-District. About five minutes into the walk it began to rain, but we decided to keep going since well, it seems like its always raining here and we were determined to be true Seattlites and ignore it. Problem was, I don’t think this was the typical “Seattle rain” which is more of a mist, but an actual meteorologic rain in which we got absolutely soaked. Despite the deluge, we made it home with all our bags of Trader Joe’s goodness (which by the way sells liquor here!!) and our in apartment washer/dryer took care of our clothes. Of course two hours later the sun came out and we were treated to a gorgeous Seattle sunny afternoon.

I took advantage of it for a quick run down to Gas Works Park a little over a mile and a half south of here. In addition to some great old machinery that they’ve turned into public art the park offers phenomenal views of the city across Lake Union. I raved about it so much that today Jeff and I both walked down there to enjoy the sunshine and an outdoor band. There were a ton of families out and we spent a few minutes watching the seaplanes take off and land on the water.

View of the old Gas Works from the top of a large, artificially made mound.

View of the Seattle skyline across Lake Union

Dog chasing a frisbee

I think the thing that has surprised me most about the weather here is not the rain, I was mentally prepared for the rain, but the cold! The high here today is in the low 60’s and that’s pretty much where it has stayed this weekend. People we’ve spoken with keep alleging that there is sun and warmth that come in summer and when I remind them that the solstice and official start have already happened they clarify that they’re taking about July, August and September. Here’s hoping for a warm up soon!