Picture of Kristen Thompson in Washington State

Wow, what a treat it was to spend some time with the great folks of Washington State (and a few exceptional Oregonians, as well). I met some really smart and dedicated folks, who inspired me to remember my roots.  For the most part, I have really enjoyed my transition to Florida, but a week like last week can really bring the homesickness bug on strong. Of course, there was no rain, which makes it a lot easier to remember only the good times…and not the time when the evening news reported that Seattle had beat the bible with more than forty days and nights of rain.

I was happy to see that Seattle has added some new attractions, so I could play tourist in my home state.  First of all, the grand and beautiful Holiday Inn Express in the outskirts of Sumner.  Wow.

Picture of Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle on the waterfront

Second, the awesome Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle on the waterfront.  What a beautiful view, not only of the water and the mountains, but also a unique look back at the city skyline.  If you get a chance to hop on this new attraction, take it…and take a camera!

Finally, I was able to ride the new (or at least ‘new-to-me’) gondola at Crystal Mountain which takes you to the summit where you can dine in style at the new restaurant there.  However, you can only dine in style because they have removed the snack bar and brown bag lunch options from the summit…so needless to say, I didn’t eat at the summit.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be going skiing on my trip back home in May, and I’m happy that my ski bum brother was there to help outfit me with the necessary equipment!  It was 72 degrees, so I didn’t need more than the basics!  It wasn’t the best snow, but far better than the skiing that you find in Florida.  (PS – there is no skiing in Florida).

So, a huge thank you to Therap for inviting me and an even bigger thanks to my boss who let me go!  Stay classy, Washington!

Kristen