Whirlwind Weekend – Seattle – Deception Pass and Mt Rainier
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