When we arrived in Seattle we piled back into our rental car and browsed around the area before heading down to Pike's. We grabbed a quick lunch at a vegan restaurant called Veggie Grill. The food was great! The girls had macaroni and cheese. I had a vegan cheeseburger with coleslaw. Eric had some sort of cutlet with fresh beans. We were struck by how busy the place was as well as the variety of people who were eating there, all walks of life! I love seeing people who are either vegan or just receptive to vegan food. Living in Wyoming we can feel pretty isolated, but being in the city it sure was nice to see people who were considering what they ate on a deeper level.
After lunch we hit up the market for a bit and then became overwhelmed by the masses. We are definitely used to the wide open spaces and limited population of Wyoming. We retreated to the Japanese Gardens for a little peace. The gardens were absolutely beautiful! The whole family enjoyed meandering along the pathways in the dappled sun. A beautiful conclusion to our time in Seattle.
We returned our rental car, caught the shuttle, and checked in at the airport. A lovely security guard ushered us through the VIP line at security because we had young kids. When we settled in at the airport we grabbed dinner (dinner consisted of fries a granola bar and a fruit cup---not a vegan friendly terminal). Our flight left at 8:30, way past bedtime for the girls. Elise stayed awake just long enough for take-off before she fully passed out for the duration of the flight. Cordelia followed soon after.
The flight was nice and easy until a very hard landing in Denver. It was late, the girls were tired. I carried a very limp and sleeping Elise. Cordelia was able to walk. We gathered our luggage and then Eric grabbed the car. We made it to our hotel by 1:30 in the morning, exhausted.
The next morning we awoke late and then grabbed brunch at Watercourse. Then we left the city and headed North and home to Wyoming. Nothing beats the feeling of returning to Wyoming after a crowded city trip, open spaces, fresh air, no traffic. Ahhh!