Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Ride above the City and the Bay - The Seattle Great Wheel

After eating dinner at Ivar's, we waited in line about forty minutes to ride the Seattle Great Wheel.  Since there was two of us, they put us in a gondola with a family of three.  Well, there goes that romantic ride in the ferris wheel.  Here's a thought:  If you're going to charge me and my husband almost thirty bucks for this twenty minute ride you should at least give us our own gondola, but that's just me.  They put us with a very talkative family who gabbed and jabbered and played with their phones the whole ride.  I didn't even get one kiss because of it! But that's the way the cookie crumbles and I got some pretty sweet shots while everyone else was talking away.  My favorite part was looking below and seeing all of that blue water.  I've always had a love of heights and the Seattle skyline looked nice from the whole new angle.  I didn't love it as much as the girl across from me who claimed she loved adrenaline and would probably jump into the water if she could.  Good thing the gondola had a glass enclosure.  All in all though, I enjoyed the views and the perfect summer night made the price almost worth it. 

This is the city we live in-Seattle, Washington.  This was taken from way up top, when our gondola was resting at the top of the wheel, so we were about four stories up. 

A new perspective of the skyline. 

Almost back on the ground again.  I shot this right before we excited our gondola. 
The view from back on the ground looking up at the Ferris Wheel.

After the ride on the Wheel and after experiencing some slight vertigo, we grabbed an ice cream cone and then walked back to our car.  By then it was past 8:00 and the summer night was getting chilly. 

We choose a Huckleberry Waffle Cone.  Here's to summer nights on the Seattle Waterfront!

Happy Hour at Ivar's Acres of Clams

Yesterday was a perfect July day so my husband and I decided to head over to the Seattle Waterfront and fight the tourists for a bite to eat and a spin on the new Seattle Great Wheel.  I just wanted a glass of red wine and an appetizer so I chose Happy Hour at Ivar's.  I've eaten at the walk up Ivar's many times.  I remember as a kid, throwing french fries to the seagulls and watching them as they caught the fries in their mouths.  But I've only eaten inside the restaurant a couple of times and never checked out their Happy Hour.  With it being a Saturday night, the place was packed so we walked past the hostess desk right to the full bar where we managed to find two seats.  We each ordered a glass of wine and I ate the Smoked Salmon Plate.  My husband had the Cheeseburger and Fries. 

My glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, a 14 Hands '10 from the Columbia Valley.
The Smoked Salmon Plate I ate.  It had a whipped lemon mascarpone cheese, pickled red pepper jam and served with three crostini. 
My husbands' burger and fries.  I love their fries.  I won't lie, I had a few. 
The good tables in the dining room look out towards Elliot Bay and the Ferries. 

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After eating dinner, we headed over to the Seattle Great Wheel and got in line for our ride above the city and Elliot Bay.  We decided to skip dessert but planned on sharing an ice cream cone after the Ferris Wheel. Ivar's Acres of Clams on Urbanspoon

Monday, July 16, 2012

Seattle's Cupcake Royale now has Ice Cream, too!

Everyone knows how much I love cupcakes.  Whether I'm eating or photographing these popular treats, I'm pretty happy and then of course hyper from the sugar rush! Well, now Cupcake Royale in Seattle serves ice cream to go along with the cupcakes.  They have over fourteen flavors to choose from.  I didn't think it got any better than cupcakes.  Who thinks of these things? My hubby and I went to downtown on Sunday night to check out the brand spanking new Cupcake Royale on 108 Pine St.  We shared one scoop of the Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream, one Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cupcake and a double Americano coffee. Whew! It was such a good summer night treat and the perfect amount of dessert since we shared.  This is their sixth location now.  They're taking over Seattle it seems and we aren't complaining! 

Their new store at 108 Pine St. in Seattle.

They have something for everyone.  Cupcakes, Coffee, Ice Cream, Cake Pops, Lollipops and more.  If that won't do it, then there is a Chocolate and Wine Store right next door at the Chocolate Box. 

Our shared scoop of Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream made from local blueberries. The ice cream was creamy and rich so I was glad I had my husband to help me finish it! 
Cupcakes, Cupcakes and more Cupcakes!
We loved the cupcake we chose! It was like Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia but in a cupcake.  So good and we loved the chocolate and cherry chunks.  The frosting was so sweet and thick, too.

The view after exiting Cupcake Royale and walking to the right.  Pike Place Market is only two blocks down. 
Pike Place Market on a summer evening.  The perfect stroll after having cupcakes and ice cream!
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Scott and Ashley- An Alaskan Wedding to Remember

They say when it rains, it pours.  Well for my brother's Alaskan Wedding-that's exactly what it did.  But you didn't see the Bride and Groom complaining.  The sky could have been falling and they would have been smiling.  They were that happy to be getting married! I've seen a lot of bridezillas and nervous grooms-but not at this Wedding.  They stood huddled up together with grins on their faces, under a big umbrella saying their vows, while the rain poured down.  When it was time for formal photos of the two of them, they were game to pose outside together, in the rain and smile like the happiest couple you've ever seen! They say it doesn't matter what happens in your life, as long as you smile and have a good attitude.  This is a wonderful lessen for all, in many different circumstances.  Always try to be happy in life, rain or shine! Here's to a wonderful life together, filled with so much happiness and love.  I'm so happy my brother found his other half! Congratulations to Scott and Ashley!

The photos are finished, let's hurry back inside and get dry!

I took this shot of the barn with Pioneer Peak in the background the day before at the Rehearsal.  It was sunny that day, and my dad, the wise man that he is, suggested I take a few shots just in case it rained the next day. 
Beautiful Pioneer Peak. Palmer, Alaska.
Just one of the many DIY projects they did for their big day.  I shot some detail photos before the rain came. 
Getting ready for the Ceremony.  The rain arrived minutes before the bride's walk down the aile, leaving no time to move everything inside.  Such is life!
The Reception was inside, allowing the guests to dry off and relax while the toasts were made, the Bride and Groom danced, and the cake was cut. 
The day after the Wedding, my husband and I flew back home to Seattle, where the temperature was in the 80's and the sun was shining the whole time we were gone.  It was a beautiful flight home though and I could see mountains as we flew over Alaska.

Flying back into the night.  We never saw darkness in Alaska, where in the summer it never really gets dark.  There was a certain sadness about flying back into darkness and returning home.  But I had such a wonderful trip and all things must come to end.  It was so neat to watch my brother get married and to explore a whole new state. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Anchorage, Alaska

This is my 50th post!  I just started blogging in January and I already have fifty, wow! No one told me how fun blogging was and I'm so glad I started. 

Here are a few more shots of downtown Anchorage.  I know.  Leave it to me to go to Alaska where everyone else goes fishing or whatever outdoor activity you can think of, and I head for the city.  But big towns and cities inspire me. I just love shooting buildings!

                  One thing I loved about Downtown Anchorage was all the beautiful flowers.