During my commute to and from work (and by commute I mean 8 block walk), I have notice some strange behaviors from the city folk. Maybe I just don’t get it because I have not lived in a city for very long, so if my city dwelling friend have any incite into this please share.

First observation, reading while walking to and from work. OK, I can understand why everyone wears headphones when out and about. Personally, I do this so I can pretend not to hear all the panhandlers in the streets, but I would find reading quite difficult. How would you not walk into someone? I would thinkthis also makes it harder to dodge cyclists. Which brings me to my next observation…

Why on earth would anyone ride a bike while wearing sandals and a dress? Now perhaps the sandal thing only drives me crazy because both Tim and I have suffered some pretty nasty foot/leg injuries on bicycles, but I can’t see how anyone could navigate the hilly streets of the Emerald City with out wearing cycling shoes or at least sneakers. Take it from someone who has crushed her foot in the fork of a bike and for goodness sake please change your shoes. And while your at it change out of those dresses. Every business here encourages their employees to find a more Eco-friendly way to commute, so most places provide a locker room of sorts so you can shower and change. Trust me you will feel way more comfortable riding in proper attire. Or, at least wear bike shorts under the dress, it does get rather breezy around here ladies.

Last but not least, it’s good to be friends with the guys who own the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. downstairs. They let me in a half hour before they open so I can get a cup of Delicious herbal tea on my way to work, and they always let me sample the new cupcake flavors they are trying out. In return I am trying to drum up business for them by always using my yellow leaf travel mug and I brought cupcakes into the office which was a big hit.


Sunny Seattle

Like every good Seattllite we have learned that on the days it is not raining, one must take full advantage of the shining sun. Without having to travel far from home, we have found the following outdoor activities most enjoyable:

Olympic Sculpture Park

The park is run by the Seattle Art Museum and is free to the public. It offers incredible views of the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier while it showcases some beautiful works of art. I like to think of it as my backyard, even though it is roughly 8 blocks a way.

If you have walked through the park or taken the free tour of the park (at noon on Saturday & Sunday) and you feel like you could walk a bit further, there is a walking and bike trail that starts where the park tour ends. How convenient!

The trails start at the eye benches shown in the picture above and continues north for 2 miles right along the Puget Sound. There are spots along the trail where you can walk into the water or you can sit on a park bench an take in the view.

Harbor Tour

If being out on the water on a sunny day is more your thing, we can recommend a harbor tour.

The tour is an hour long and costs $15-$19 depending on the season. It takes you on a tour of Seattle as seen from the Puget Sound. Some of the views are just incredible.


You may also meet some new friends on the open sea: