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Snoqualmie Falls by Sia Huff

IMG_20131021_092115_488I have to say one of the best things about Seattle is it’s people. As the home of Microsoft, I expected most humans would have their head down, eyes glued to their technology. Instead, I found people friendly, helpful and respectful, wanting to take a few minutes out of their time to visit. It’s the main reason I wantIMG_20131021_094610_747to go back.

When I left you last, Susan and I went the Emerald City Romance Writer’s Conference. I attended workshops, got inspired by speeches, networked and all around had a wonderful time.

On the ferry ride back to downtown Seattle, Susan asked if there was anything I wanted to come back to see.
Without hesitation I answered. “Yes.”IMG_20131021_095127_222

We decided since we had the morning and early afternoon, before our plane ride back home, we shouldn’t waste our opportunity. I’d found a pamphlet on a nearby waterfall.

Thirty minutes north of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Pacific Northwest. At two-IMG_20131021_094449_471hundred, sixty-eight feet high, it’s not the highest waterfall west of the Mississippi, as I was told, but it sure was beautiful. The falls are named after the Snoqualmie Indian tribe.

Susan and I ate at the lovely Salish Lodge, a place of understated elegance and refinement. The restaurant overlooks the falls and I have to say, we couldn’t have had a better view. Fog would roll in, making a mist and then melt away, giving us many pictures of the ever moving majesty. Breakfast delighted my senses. One ofIMG_20131021_084908_388IMG_20131021_085450_554the best omelet’s I’ve ever tasted with the portions big enough for two. The hot chocolate was divine, topped with a Tahatian vanilla crème, the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Satisfied from our delicious meal, we headed to the upper overlook. Mist covered us, but the view of the valley was well worth it. Beautiful flora and fauna covered the landscape that I’d never seen on the east coast. A trail goes down to the river. I would have liked to explore more, but we had a carIMG_20131021_095323_003waiting to take us to the airport.

I bet you guessed, I’d like to go back. Hiking trails abound, fishing, camping and bird-watching. Nearby is theIMG_20131021_095623_956quaint town of Snoqualmie with shops and resturants, a casino, golf, a railroad that takes you to the top of a mountain, and the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park (summer theater). A lot to do for such a little town.

I hope you enjoyed a few highlights of the Seattle area! Wishing you joyous travel.

Mary Preston - January 31, 2014 - 3:00 am

I have enjoyed the highlights thank you. The falls are stunning.

Marilyn Baron - January 31, 2014 - 6:50 am

Wow. The falls are beautiful. I would love to see them. And the city looks great. Thanks for telling us about it. Susan sounds like a great traveling companion.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2014 - 8:48 am

It was beautiful and well worth the trip to see it. Sia fail to tell everyone that we road in a town car with a chauffer who waited on us while we ate and then took us to the airport. We giggled the entire time. We thought we were so important.

Connie Gillam - January 31, 2014 - 9:14 am

I’ve always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest and Seattle is one of the cities I’d like to see.

Thanks so much Sia for sharing your travels with us.

Maxine - January 31, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Sia, you tell it beautifully and it makes me want to go back to Seattle. We had most of 1 day to sightsee. You have pointed out that is not near enough time. I think Snoqualmie Falls is a must see. Thanks

Sia Huff - January 31, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Oh Mary, I’m so glad you’ve enjoy the highlights of the Seattle area. You’re very welcome. I agree, the falls are stunning. Now I’m thinking I need to go others falls.
Thanks for commenting.

Sia Huff - January 31, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Absolutely, Marilyn. Glad to be able to share about such a wonderful place. And Susan is a wonderful traveling companion. I’d do it again.

Sia Huff - January 31, 2014 - 4:14 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Susan. I didn’t want to brag too much about our luxury chauffer. I’m glad you figured the cost was about the same as taking a taxi and no worries involved. Besides, it’s good to feel important every once and a while.
Let me know, when you’re ready for another road trip. Thanks for making this one so much fun!

Sia Huff - January 31, 2014 - 4:16 pm

My pleasure, Connie. I think you’ll love the Pacific NW. Hopefully, you’ll have some ideas of what you’d like to see now. I told hubby we need to go and explore sometime.

Sia Huff - January 31, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Thanks so much, Maxine. No one day isn’t enough. You’ll love Snoqualmie Falls too.
I hoping to go on an Alaskan Cruise (like you did) and have a stop over in Seattle for a few days.

Carol Burnside - February 1, 2014 - 2:23 am

Oh, it sounds like the two of you had a wonderful time. I’m glad. You’ve made the Seattle area appear very enticing, Sia.

Tamara LeBlanc - February 3, 2014 - 10:39 am

I love when the PFHT post about trips. I can live vicariously through your travels!
What a wonderful place you visited! I love the descriptions and the pics.
Thank you!

Have a great week!
Tamara

Sandy Elzie - February 3, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Ah Sia, fantastic pictures…makes me want to go to Seattle again. I loved my one and only visit, but it wasn’t long enough. You need at least a few more days than I had. Thanks for bringing back fond memories

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