My trip to Seattle and Bellingham, Washington
Do you remember the US based budget airline, Skybus? I sure do. Their fares started at $10 and went up from there and all flights were nonstop. I scoured their site for flights regularly and took two trips with them before they went out of business (suddenly and stranding a friend of mine, but that isn’t my story to tell!)
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Skybus offered incredibly inexpensive flights to seattle
I was excited to score a roundtrip ticket to Bellingham, WA for $80 give or take! My friend, Justin, was able to join me. That helped with the costs of car rental and hotels (no airbnb back then or I hadn’t heard of it yet).
Back in 2007, I didn’t have a smart phone or a digital camera. All of my pictures were from an old school cell phone and a film camera! I’m not convinced that I ever developed those pictures. Maybe looking for that role of film will be today’s quest.
The trip to Bellingham was non-stop. However, the fog was too thick to land immediately and after circling around for awhile, we had to make an unscheduled fuel stop in Moses Lake. For an unsavvy traveler like myself, this was exciting!
Justin and I stayed in Bellingham the entire trip and took a day trip to Seattle. We went to Pike Place Market (I recommend going), the original Starbucks (meh), and the Seattle Aquarium (go!)
Pike Place Market is so famous and written about a lot. I feel we could’ve visited there multiple days and still not have explored in depth. I really enjoyed the fish throwing! Also, this is where I bought some souvenirs, including some art work for my boyfriend at the time.
I really wanted to visit the original Starbucks for some reason. It was fine, but there really is so much great coffee around, I wouldn’t feel the need to go back.
Seattle Aquarium is close to the Pike Place Market and this was high on my wishlist. It was cool. I would absolutely visit again. I bought recycled poop gift bags there. Yes, seriously.
Most of our time in Bellingham consisted of finding food, frequenting local shops, and hiking! I remember finding this “secret” place called Fragrance Lake. It isn’t really a secret, though. It seemed like we were alone in the world in a secret place. It was cool! We had gorgeous October weather. In fact, the only time it rained was the day we visited Seattle (ha!) Don’t forget the coffee. All that glorious coffee! Mornings were spent having that tasty gift from the gods at various coffee shops.
During our trip, Justin and I discovered A Fine Frenzy (buy the album here) and Brandi Carlisle (buy her album The Story). I love both albums still! The song Almost Lover evokes the memories from that time of my life and this trip in particular. Throw in seeing a show with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the music, hiking, company, and coffee made for an enjoyable short trip to Bellingham and Seattle!
Celiac concerns: This was before my diagnosis, so I don’t have any current information at the time of this writing.