USA 2013 Part 2 : Sleepless in Seattle

Part of the fun of holidays is imagining all the things you are going to do while away from home. Just wait until that destination gets a hold of the unleashed version of us running wild! Marianne and I had planned to do many things in Seattle ranging from cosmopolitan browsing to taking Charlotte to parks and places like the Aquarium. In between the long hours of the conference, I also had grand visions of shooting timelapse sequences and visiting different locations to obtain iconic views of Seattle and Mount Rainier. Of course what you don’t plan for is for influenza and by then, plan B becomes a little boring by comparison. With thoughts of trying to achieve balance between rest and not missing out entirely, these are the next chapters in our USA story!

Chapter 5: Roadside snaps

On the morning of our departure, the weather had already been closed in for the previous 36 hours. There was lovely mist and light rain around with occasional breaking moments of light. It would have been ideal to explore some of the creeks around the National Park but health meant pushing on back to Seattle and the medical conference. A 5 hour gap between checkout at Ashford and check-in at Seattle meant that we had plenty of time for detours. We chose to drive back up the 123 to Tipsoo Lake before heading down the north-eastern side of the National Park back to Seattle. Along the way, the fall colours were amazing and we hoped that they would persist until the end of our trip. One particular tunnel was striking and three weeks later on our return, all of the foilage had faded to brown. As we climbed in elevation , snow started to fall! Charlotte had never seen snow before and despite her illness, she was able to give a smile through her many layers of clothing and a new word in her vocabulary had been added. I finally made my way to Upper Tipsoo Lake where a hazy winter wonderland greeted me. No sight of Mount Rainier unfortunately.

Fall Tunnel along highway 123

Frozen Tipsoo Lake

Chapter 6:  Confinement

As well presented and luxurious as the Grand Hyatt in Seattle is, single room suites aren’t suited to our style of travelling. At this stage, we were all coughing away at night which meant that none of us were getting the much needed recovery time that we needed from the flu. This , in combination with long conference hours really limited any kind of holiday type activities. On one evening, I managed to shoot part of a timelapse with Charlotte so that Marianne could at least have a period of reprieve. This ended in a toddler meltdown after some fun and cooperation in the preceding hour. *Head down 12th avenue and park at Rizal Park for ‘the’ view of the Seattle skyline*  I didn’t end up shooting any night frames of Seattle which I had planned. Marianne meanwhile had planned a visit to numerous stores around downtown Seattle but only managed a brief tour and a visit to the Aquarium. On our last afternoon in Seattle, there was some allocated time off for the conference which led to a short trip to Snoqualmie. The fall colours there were in full force and had we more energy, I am sure we would have lingered longer in the area. Snoqualmie falls were a feature of the TV series ‘Twin Peaks’ and were roaring away. *Currently, the path to the base of the falls appears closed* Despite fevers and general unwellness, this was the best we felt and happiest we saw Charlotte for this leg of the journey.

Seattle in Fall

Chapter 7: Snoqualmie Demons

Marianne and I are convinced that after returning from Snoqualmie falls, our child was possessed by another being. Never before and never again have we seen her behave the way she did on that evening. She was wailing for no reason every ten minutes all night and made all manner of trivial requests which if not met, resulted in screams. Thankfully, my theory may be correct and leaving Seattle may have been the exorcism she needed to escape back to her true soul. From what small glimpses I had outside of the conference room, I imagine Seattle and its surrounds to live up to its famed beauty but its full appreciation will need to occur on another trip in better health. On our departure, we headed back to our usual style of travel and hoped for a speedy return to health.

Snoqualmie Falls

The ‘Crab Pot’ : our one evening out in Seattle

Next up: Coasting back to health (The Northern Oregon Coast)



Posted on November 12, 2013, in USA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Traveling with a toddler is an experience. I am amazed that you have been able to do the things you do with such a small one. We have a 15 month old and it’s been tough to travel with him.

    Was this the emergency medicine conf? I didn’t knew you were a doc. My friend attended the same conference.

    Really like the frozen tipsoo lake.

    • Thanks Sugoto – we’ve been travelling with Charlotte since she was 5 months and have finally got used to it but we have #2 coming along which I’m sure will change things again! The conference was the Mayo Clinic conference on Perioperative Medicine.

  2. Hope you are all fully recovered. Your photos are amazing.

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