The Green Girl went went up to Seattle this weekend for her maternal great aunt's 88th birthday celebration.
In Japanese culture, the 88th birthday is known as 'beiju'. Beiju is a special celebration because when combined, the Japanese characters for 88 米寿 resemble the character for rice 米.
I flew in Thursday after work. The sun was setting over Mount Rainier as the plane began to make its descent into the city.
Early Friday morning, I went for a run with my second cousin, Stan, on the Seattle Waterfront.
The morning was cool and crisp. The thick fog prevented Mr. Green Garmin from getting any signal.
We headed down to Pike Place Market where the vendors were setting up for the day. I marveled at the whiteness of the fresh ice at the fish markets.
We ran along the Port of Seattle and gazed out at the ocean haze.
We headed west to the Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum. The Olympic Sculpture Park is nine-acre industrial site that was converted into an outdoor open space for art. The park admission is free to the public.
I stopped to pose for a picture in front of a fountain. Stan later explained that the fountain, an art piece titled Father and Son by Louise Bourgeois, stirred significant controversy due to the nudity of the forms. Each figure's view of the other is obscured by the water to represent the estrangement between the father and son.
There were numerous cobwebs along the length of the railing along the waterfront. Each spider web was dotted with beads of dew.
Visibility was limited by the fog but the beauty of the Puget Sound still managed to envelope me.
Stan had to head into work so we parted ways downtown and I proceeded back to the hotel to wake up my sister.
A couple of blocks from my destination, I passed a mural quietly begging for affordable housing.
After breakfast, I could hardly wait for the REI Seattle Store to open. REI is my favorite store and I was anxious to see what their flagship store looked like.
At the entrance of the REI property, we saw trails to test out equipment.
We couldn't believe it when we saw an impressive looking waterfall. REI had managed to create a little oasis in the middle of a metropolitan area.
When we entered the store, the expanse took my breath away. I was in REI heaven.
I could have spent the entire day in that store but I limited myself to an hour.
I didn't have enough time to explore any of the local trails but I will definitely make a point to do some trail running next time I am in the area.