My friend and I took a road trip to Seattle this past week. We were at heart romantics and had always wanted to see a Seattle that we imagined with all the romances and images spurred on by the movie Sleepless in Seattle.
We went by car and got to Seattle in the afternoon giving ourselves just enough time to see the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass. We only had a view of the Space Needle from its foot but took most of the time to explore the wonders of Dale Chihuly works.
The exhibit were arranged by inspirations and themes. There were vessels inspired by Native American tribal arts, then there were sea creatures among masses of tentacles. There was a glass ceiling in an exuberance of colors and textures.
Then there were a garden of spikes, boats of globes and vessels displaying the layers of veins, splotches, rays and all that could be done with glass.
The garden was an excuse to display Chihuly’s work. The plant choices were clearly meant to compliment the art work with a few towering sculptures which stood quite forcibly apart from any surrounding background.
Dinner was a loving affair between Art and Food at Art of the Table on Stone Way North across the Fremont Cut which linked Seattle to Puget Sound. We had chosen the three courses dinner and had attacked it with gusto! Cilantro cured salmon gravlax, smoked porcini stuffed quail, white chocolate cremeux. A feast for the eyes and palate.
After dinner, we drove to Mount Vernon to stay overnight and be closer to our destination for the next day- the highlight of our trip- Whidbey Island!
We approached Whidbey Island from the North through Deception Pass Bridge. The breathtaking view from the bridge was of an unending vista toward a widened passage among the inlets off Puget Sound. The bridge was nested between two high perched cliffs. The water below came into view as we looked down onto the deep green emerald depths. It was as soundless as only the most peaceful sight could be or the pace of breathlessness between two gulps of air.
From the bridge, we went on to Coupeville to see its wharf fronting Penn Cove from which mussels graced our lunch table.
Double Bluff Beach facing Admiralty Inlet was our next stop. The beach was filled with driftwood. We had our fill with selecting a few light pieces to bring home.
Onward to Langley for dinner at the Portico Latin Bistro and Cantina for sweet potato enchilada, roasted pineapple salad and chocolate flan. Langley also boasted a beach looking out to Saratoga Passage, one of the maze like inlets in the area.
From Langley, we took the Clinton Ferry to leave Whitbey Island. A careful timing to avoid the peak hours was a smart thing to do as we saw a ferry wait lane along the road which could take 2 hours if it were filled with cars.
The next morning we picked up where we left off in Seattle: Pike Place Market along the waterfront with its abundance of flower stalls, farmer’s market produces, artisan wares and foodie venues.
The trip took only three days including driving time but the images that remained with us varied from cacophonies of color to monochromatic compositions- just like the emotions we went through – from exhilaration to resigned melancholy.