Seattle: Through The Eyes Of A Fantasy Writer (pt 2)

This is part two of my Seattle trip, and we’re still on day one. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

So far my wife Sandi, and I have arrived in Seattle in the early hours of the morning, caught sunrise over the city at Gasworks Park, and taken a lot of pictures. For a sneak peek of what I had planned for the three days you can click here.

Feb 13th 2017 – U-District

From Gasworks Park, we drove east toward the University of Seattle (also known as U-District), and the first of the areas that feature heavily in the Shadows Over Seattle series.

Bizarrely we somehow forgot to take any pictures while we walked around looking at buildings, parking structures and the areas Sandi used to live-role-play in. So, unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures to share that might help readers place the fictional location of The Devils Own, which has magical defenses that stop mortals from finding it by accident. So, maybe there’s not so much of a coincidence involved after all.

Having figured out a rough location for the bar, we decided to head a couple of streets west and found ourselves a cafe for breakfast. The ambience was friendly, inviting, and it made me feel at home almost immediately. It was almost a shame to head back to the car, which was in short-term parking under the University, and get back on the road.

Feb 13th 2017 – Treehouse Point

The next leg of our journey took us east to Bellevue, and the hotel we’d booked into for the duration of our stay. The staff were friendly, and had some great suggestions for places to visit, and things to do while we were in the area. Unfortunately most of those will have to wait until our next trip.

The room was on the third floor, with easily accessible parking, but unfortunately the elevator was out of service. Considering I have trouble with my knees during the winter, due to old injuries and arthritis, this wasn’t an ideal situation. Thankfully though, the weather was kind to me and Sandi for the most part, and the stairs didn’t end up being too much of a chore.

From there we headed even further east, cutting across the northern edge of  Cougar Mountain toward Issaquah and Treehouse Point. The drive was extremely pleasant, as we passed through woodlands for the majority of the time. And we hadn’t even come the other side of the forest when we turned off the road and into the parking lot of Treehouse Point.

The first picture shown here is the view from the parking lot, looking straight at one of several treehouses nestled in the trees on this four acre property. We had booked a tour well in advance, since it’s the best way to get a look at the treehouses, unless you book to stay overnight in one.

On arrival, we were invited to wait in the lodge, for the other couple who were taking the tour. The lodge is a common meeting point for guests staying at the site, as well as the location of the kitchen, offices, and gift shop. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable, and guests are welcome to settle in front of the fireplace come winter time.

Throughout the tour, our guide provided a lot of information about the site, the issues they’ve had to face to be able to rent out the treehouses, how they were constructed, which local artists provided works for display and much more. Every member of staff was friendly, knowledgeable and more than happy to take time to chat with guests. And if it wasn’t for some of their suggestions about local sites, we’d never have added our next stop to our trip.

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls was a little bit off the trail, considering our next planned stop was Cougar Mountain, but more than worth the visit. This two acre parkland contains a visitors center and gift house, spa and lodge, and observation deck.

To say the view of the water churning over the falls and into the depths below is anything less than stunning would be a lie. This is possibly one of the most impressive natural sites we saw during our travels in the Seattle area. Just a glance at the photo here shows just how much mist is generated by masses of water dropping almost 270 feet.

Now imagine just how impressive it would look if the majority of the water wasn’t diverted into local hydroelectric power plants. I did, and what I pictured looked very much like the Canadian side of Niagra Falls.

Tune in next week for Part 3 of this series, when we visit Cougar  Mountain, before getting some sleep, and revisiting the city.

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