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Whirlwind Weekend – Seattle – Deception Pass and Mt Rainier

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 by in Domestic, Travel | 4 comments

This past weekend Mr. Travelbypoints and I hopped on the plane to visit our dear friends in Seattle, WA to kick-start what I’ve decided to call “Wacky Whirlwind Weekends” (“WWW”).  Plural.  As in there is more to come and I better get my sleep in whenever I can.

Yes, Mr. Travelbypoints is a newly-minted proud holder of a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass, which entitles the holder to bring a designated companion free of charge on any paid ticket or award redemption on any Southwest booking.  And Mr. Travelbypoints, as you well know by now, is what a friend recently termed a “maximizer”.  That is, presented with a certain opportunity set, the wheels in his brain start turning to analyze how he can best make use of the situation for travel.  It all sounds very mathematical and complicated, but essentially boils down to a simple observation.  He’s a greedy traveler.

This past weekend was no exception.  We arrived in Seattle mid-evening on Friday, had a lovely dinner with the delightful American Taitai and her dear husband and set out the next morning on a group roadtrip to Deception Pass, Washington’s most popular state park.  Before the day was over, we managed to squeeze in visits to

  • Gas Works Park for a beautiful view of the Seattle skyline, complete with gigantic nesting geese and friendly locals out for an early morning stroll
  • Sweet D’s Shrimp Shack, a roadside gem famous for their sweet shrimp (duh) and fried seafood
  • Deception Pass State Park, the day’s showstopper did not disappoint with stunning views of the shoreline and surrounding islands
  • The Walrus and the Carpenter for a fabulous seafood dinner at one of Seattle’s finest culinary hot spots




The next day we headed out early for a day trip to Mt Rainier National Park which was awesome and epic and majestic.  Greedy travelers.  No comment.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park


Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Many thanks to American Taitai and her kind and witty husband (he was the one who coined the term “the Maximizer” for Mr. Travelbypoints).  Although we were like kids in a candy store this entire weekend, rushing to sample as much of Washington’s natural wonders as we could fit in two days, the true highlight of the trip was the time we spent with them.  Catching up on old times with an old dear friend and getting to know a new dear friend better – I can’t think of a better way to spend a wacky, whirlwind weekend.  


If you would like to see more pictures from this weekend, you can find them here.


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