Our last night in Seattle was about as dreamy and perfect a farewell to the city as I could imagine. Our thoughtful hosts were taking another group out on their 50 ft sailboat, and offered us a few spots on the boat. We jumped at the chance and invited a couple of local friends we’d been trying to meet up with.
We five friends met up first on our boat to enjoy a few drinks on the deck, then grabbed a bottle of wine and a few sweaters, and hopped across the marina to board the ketch-style Armadillo. As we set out, for the first time since we’d arrived, the gray cloud cover cleared and we had a nice view of Mt. Rainier.
For the next three hours we sailed around Elliott Bay, eventually stopping to eat dinner on the deck while watching a perfect, golden sunset reflect off all the shiny glass buildings in downtown Seattle. Later, on the way back to the marina, I was chatting with a friendly Dutch student who had seen bald eagles earlier that week, and 30 seconds later, one sped past the boat not twenty feet away. I’d never seen a bald eagle in the wild and it was an exhilarating end to our PNW visit. ♥♥♥