HodgePodge of Everything Weekend

Last weekend turned out to be a little insane. Nothing was completely out of the normal but the sheer amount of stuff that I conquered over the weekend combined with the wacky weather made it seem like a crazy weekend.

Let’s start with the weather. I had been summoned to pick up my friends David and Shelby from the airport upon their arrival from Alabama. The plan was to leave my house and pick up a ZipCar and head to SeaTac. Simple enough right? Well, the second I opened my door to leave the sky opened up like I have only seen a few times in my seven months in the Pacific Northwest and it rained cats and dogs. The rain basically held steady up until I reached the ZipCar at which time it practically abruptly ended and the sun came out.

I retrieved them from the airport only to realize I’m in a Mini Cooper and they have brought along 3 pieces of checked luggage. It was a little cramped on the way back to Ballard.

So, now, as the time approaches for the ZipCar to be returned, the sun quickly retracted and out of seemingly nowhere – HAIL! Followed by rain, followed by snow, followed by thunder and lightening, followed by clear weather….and so on. I was expecting an earthquake and tornado to come through at any given moment. I was apparently not the only one confused by the weather as it was a big topic around town. Herehere and here.

With David and Shelby tired from their early morning trip, the night turned out to be pretty mellow. David was too tired to go to dinner so Shelby, Justin and I went toGordito’s for burritos. After dinner we dropped Justin off and retrieved David and went to Cupcake Royale. Shelby loved Cupcake Royale… I knew she would.

After coffee and cupcakes, we decided to drive over to Kerry Park (#82 again). David is an amazing photographer and he really wanted to get some night shots of the city. The sky had cleared up just enough to make this possible but it was SOOOOOO cold. On the way to the park, Matt and I discovered that although we had both been there, neither of us were sure how to get to the park. So we basically spent a good portion of the night touring Queen Anne.

Saturday morning we woke up early in anticipation of a long day. We started off with a visit to the Fremont Troll (#51 again). From there we headed over to Gas Works Park ( #34 again). I have to say… Gas Works is one of my favorite parks in the city.

Now hungry, we went to Dick’s Drive In (#21 again) in Wallingford so David and Shelby could experience true Seattle indigestion. With the weather bitter cold we decided to eat the burgers at Seattle Mopeds while picking up some parts. After lunch, while still in Wallingford we went over to Trophy Cupcakes (#144) – because apparently eating Dick’s wasn’t bad enough for us. This was my first visit to Trophy Cupcakes and with it’s feature on Martha Stewart Living last week I had been anxious to go.


Leaving Wallingford, we headed down to the Sculpture Park (#47 again) and walked around for a bit. Next stop, Pike Place Market #23. I am assuming it was due to the weather but for a Saturday, the market was not as nearly as crowded as usual. We took some time and explored the market. I think David and Shelby felt a bit let down – afterall, there is quite a bit of hype over the market and when you get there, there isn’t that much to actually do. Its more about the action and things to see than the actual entertainment value. The most entertaining and disgusting part seems to always be the Gum Wall in Post Alley (#94 again).

After the market we walked around the waterfront for a bit then headed back to Ballard. The night ended with about 20 people coming over to my house. It was a very long day.

On Sunday, we went to breakfast at the Baranoff. I had been to the Baranoff before and remember it as a seedy greasy spoon kind of place but after this visit I will never return. There is something about the smell of stale urine wafting around that makes the whole place undesireable. Imagine that.

Sunday afternoon David and Shelby headed down to Olympia to visit a friend and I was planning on meeting them Monday morning to head to Mt. Rainier – but, exhausted from my weekend, I sent them off to have fun without me. Mt. Rainier will have to wait.

- Amy Faulkner