Enjoying a much needed fun and relaxing day off of work, I absolutely loved taking a day to adventure around different parts of Seattle I had never been to before. Practically all of my friends have been to popular places around Seattle like Kerry Park in Queen Anne or Alki Beach and always ask me in shock like, “Kelsie, what is wrong with you, how have you lived here your whole life and never been to Kerry Park or Alki Beach?” Making progress on my Summer 2016 Bucket List of places I’d like to visit, I finally got to visit Kerry Park and Alki Beach, and now don’t feel as ashamed of my Seattle deprivation around my friends anymore. And on top of that, the whole day was a ton of fun.
Starting off tourist day, I first visited Kerry Park and had so much fun taking pictures of the view of downtown Seattle from the park. Practicing more with my Nikon camera, it was a blast to practice using the camera with a picture perfect landscape setting. With amazing views of downtown Seattle to my left and Alki Beach and the Olympic Peninsula to my right, it was impossible to not be appreciative of calling Seattle my home.
After visiting Kerry Park I headed to Alki Beach in West Seattle. I never would’ve guessed that a beach in Washington could make you feel as if you were visiting the beaches in Southern California. I felt as if I were driving down the California coast through Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, or Hermosa Beach with the cute little beach town right next to the water. Why spend money on a trip to SoCal when you can experience a little California in Seattle? Seeing all of the different beach houses and apartments, a couple of (dying) palm trees, the boardwalk full of people walking or biking, the beach volleyball players, the little beach shops, and the restaurants and nightlife the town next to the water has to offer, it felt as if I really were in Southern California. It felt so strange to be around all of the California beach life and all of a sudden see a view of downtown Seattle right across the water. Even just driving back home after the Seattle day trip, it felt weird to realize I was still in Washington.
Stopping for lunch in Alki, Spud Fish & Chips was the perfect beach town restaurant to enjoy by the water. They made probably one of the best milkshakes I’ve ever tasted that I would recommend trying out (Spud’s Raspberry Shake made with fresh, local raspberries -my favorite).
After a pretty solid day of adventuring around the city and taking a mini vacation, I can say for sure that I will definitely be making my way back to Alki Beach before the end of Summer and enjoying a California lifestyle before heading back to the wheat fields surrounding WSU.
Having fixed my deprivation of Seattle visits by seeing most of the city, I now feel confident in considering myself a true Seattleite.