Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sair in Seattle #4

March 13 2016
Day 4

Nothing puts you in a good mood like listening to someone practice church hymns on the piano over breakfast :)

Following the Pollock's silver 15-passenger Chevy Express to church. That thing is one in a million... I thought. I was shocked to see an identical one drive by in the other lane.

Pilgrim Bible Church was fantastic. Great sermon, and so many nice people! After the service we enjoyed their weekly potluck and played a game called Seven Wonders with Jonathan and a few of the other guys. So fun!

Aww... The time came. Time to leave. I am going to miss the Pollock clan so much! Not to mention all the new friends I made at the party last night/church this morning. So many great people here!

Driving into the mountains is so fun when you play epic orchestra music from Audiomachine. Seriously, imagine driving through a mountain pass to this:

Crossing Snoqualmie Pass and stopped to tank up. One word: BURR! I have never seen such deep snow in my life. There are snow walls close to 10 feet high in places. Beautiful and breathtaking!

Low hanging clouds over mountain forests are so magical looking.

The daylight savings time change is killing us... So Stephanie and I are going to sing loudly!

Classic Washington state... Rain, sunshine, clouds, and snow all at once. So pretty out in the Cascades, though.

Wow. You definitely know when you are in Eastern Washington. Moments after the pass, suddenly all pine trees are replaced with sagebrush.

There is a sign on the side of the road entering Washtucna: "Food" and right under that, a man and a woman. Well, this town scares me :P

Millions of little red eyes blinking at us in the dark. The windmill armies are creepy at night.


Trying to use a smartphone for both navigation and music simultaneously? Fail. The GPS voice keeps talking over the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack. 

Hooray! I can see the good 'ol Snake River of the LC Valley. 8 miles until home! Except I am not going home just yet... Apparently people missed me this weekend and want to have a party? Okay then. I am never one to turn down great friends and some food, even if I am dead tired :)

 Sarah Iddings loves traveling the Pacific Northwest!
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sair in Seattle #3

March 12 2016
Day 3

Slept in today... Which is great since I got my second wind late last night and was up until 2am messaging friends online.

Nice chill morning with my favorite giant home school family :) The kids fed us pancakes for breakfast. Yum! Everyone is so sweet.

It's so funny being part of a large family for a weekend. It is kind of like an on-going party. Then when everyone goes outside you are slightly shocked by the sudden silence.

Ahh, earl grey tea and listening to Daniel Pollock practice hymns for tomorrow's church service on the piano. I love this <3

On the road again! This time, we don't have to drive; our friend Jonathan is joining us and taking us to the museum of flight. We are all happy to have a driver who is from the city (and in general, happy to get to spend time with him again- it's been 8 months since he moved out of our valley!).

Western WA has an outdoor water park. This truly does not compute for me.

Kicking off our time in the museum of flight with the Red Barn Room. I love all the antique plane parts and factory pieces!

The World War rooms were great. So much history! We all loved that they had little replica old school radios set up where you could hear sound bite name songs from various parts of the 40's. Really added to the feel of the room. Swing music for the win!

Whoaaaa. Just saw the space shuttle. The size of it is amazing! (looks a little warped because I had to take a panorama)

The giant room of airplanes is pretty epic! We also went in the control tower room, which was rather cool. Crazy seeing the read out of how many planes are in the air.

Onward to downtown Seattle to catch a snack at the Hard Rock Cafe! 

Parking is a nightmare. A total nightmare.

I love how Jonathan deals with traffic... "That is not a lane, my dear man."

YAY! We finally found parking!

"This is Seattle, a den of iniquity! "- Jonathan, as he locked up the car. 

We swung by the Hard Rock Cafe for a couple minutes- we told everyone we would be home for dinner, though, so we only had time to glance about and get some cool guitar pick necklaces. We never managed to squeeze in lunch- guess we shall eat well tonight!

On our way out again...Ah, Seattle, how I will miss you. Mostly. I'll miss all the art and architecture and interesting people. Won't miss the super lousy parking options and the dumb drivers.

Whatever freeway we are on is super bumpy. Whoa.

Back with the Pollock's! We are making a playlist for a party they are having later. We just discovered redneck country rap music videos. This is a genre I never knew existed... We are laughing so hard. 

It is so funny, I kept saying living with the Pollocks is like a party. Then the Pollock's threw a party. This has been a fabulous evening with a big house full of super fun people. Great way to spend my last evening in Puyallup!

Sarah Iddings always loves a good museum!
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Sair in Seattle #2

MARCH 11 2016
Day 2

Well, I had the option to sleep in until 8am, but my body decided to assume it was a work day and not let me sleep past 6:30. Aw well. I will just message a few friends online.

Wow, I didn't expect to be served a nice breakfast of eggs, muffins, and sausage this morning. The Pollock's are such nice hosts :)

We were going to leave early for Pike Place, but our friend Jonathan is finally home from his night shift at the hospital- so good to see him after all these months!

Left at 10:15 to go to Pike Place. It's been slow goings. The speed limit has been mainly 60 on freeways, but our average speed was around 45, according to my GPS. Yay...

It is now 11:30. Still trying to get to Pike Place. Also decided that I was not born to be a city girl... If I am ever forced to move to the city, I will be exiled into my own home. These streets are so stinking clogged and stressful! I miss our desolate highways.

11:36 am... HIGH SPEEDS AND EXITS AND ON RAMPS... Oh my! Not sure if I am happy to be moving or terrified at the intensity of it all.

Computerized speed limit signs? Well, that's new.

How do you get graffiti in some of these places without killing yourself? People amaze me.


This place is SO HUGE :-o

Just saw a panhandler begging for coffee. Interesting.

Seattle is even bigger when you are walking! Whoa.

Haunting but beautiful, a navy veteran belting out hymns in an echoey alcove in Pike Place.

Pike Place is so colorful! So many different people, shops, lights, smells, signs, sounds... Ooh! Sensory overload, but in the best of ways.

Found the life size cardboard cutouts at the world famous Golden Age Collection comic book store. Hehehe.  Time to pose next to them and take pictures, like every good geek girl must.

How can I leave this shop without something? Found Doctor Who Jenga on clearance for $10. Fun!

I love this place and all its family owned businesses and artisan shops.  I wish I had time to stop and chat with more of the artists. So many talented people here!

Bought my boyfriend a cool bleach-made Star Wars shirt from an artist. That guy seems really cool! So creative. Steph bought a shirt with a guitar design. The guy told us how he did that one was by drenching a guitar in bleach and laying it across the top of the shirt. Fascinating! Apparently after a while he has to get a different old guitar though, because the bleach eats through it and it breaks apart. It also rusts his metal stamps nearly instantly if the metal isn't treated.

Ooh! Flowers, fish, and fruits! I love the open air part of the market. It's so bright and exhilarating! I just wish it wasn't shoulder to shoulder people. Far too crowded for my taste, but still, really, really neat.

I just can't get enough of the street musicians. I wish there were more of them in small-town WashIdaho. Randomly stumbling upon music makes me smile :)

Ate lunch at the Sound View Cafe. Granted there wasn't a huge view, since the Seattle sky decided to empty buckets of water upon us. But lunch totally made up for that- this place has the best clam chowder EVER! It's a lovely little family run restaurant that makes all its food from scratch. The prices are very reasonable too, I think. Swing by if you are ever in the area!

Bummed out... It's time to go (and we've only spent a couple hours!), but Steph says with traffic and such, we would be better off leaving for the Tim Hawkins comedy show sooner rather than later.

So, it turns out that there are a BUNCH of parking lots named U-Park around here. That is dandy. Our GPS sent us to the wrong one; now we are so off track that we can't find the proper lot (and our car) to save our lives.

There are so many homeless people under the bridges. Wow. Interestingly, it's always men.

Guy walking ahead of us: "Man, this place is nothing like LA. I walked around there all the time. This is overwhelming."

We may be totally lost, but we found the Seattle library by accident! Decided to stop in for a break and to ask for help. Getting lost was the best mistake ever. I have had this place on my bucket list of stops for 6 years. It is SO amazing! I am one happy book nerd right now :)

This place has eleven floors. ELEVEN!  One of the most awe-inspiring buildings I have ever entered.

Took the escalator (a library with an escalator! Ah!) then elevator to the 10th floor (staff only on 11). Going to take the stairs back so that I can see a little bit of everywhere. Also, the eggs with holographic human faces that speak to you on your way up are super creepy. Why do these exist?

This library is so big that I got lost in it. Lost in a library! YES! I may sound like a dork, but this is a dream come true. I've always wanted to be in a book establishment large enough to lose my way in.

Found my way back to the main floor. Now it's time to pound the pavement again in search of the car.

So, we haven't found the car yet, but we found a protest. Absolutely no idea what they are protesting or who they are, however. It's all in another language and I don't recognize the flag.

Buses here look like huge green caterpillars. I never ever want to drive a bus, especially in Seattle.

I have never been more happy to see an iPhone billboard in my life. It was the one landmark we recognized that helped us get to the car! It took 2 hours (including our 20 min detour in the library). So many hills... I normally only count wilderness, but this truly feels worthy of being added to my hiking log. 

That smile of familiarity upon seeing a blooming dogwood tree in the middle of the city. Just like what my next door neighbors have back home!

We had 15 miles to cover to get to the show... In the amount of time it has taken us so far, were we in the valley we came from, we could have made it to the destination probably 3 or 4 times over. So far, we have 25 minutes left. Woohoo. City life. People do this why...?

We cheer so enthusiastically when we realize we are not in a toll lane, as we had feared. Is it pathetic that we are so psyched to save 75 cents?

Appropriate sign placement at the church where Tim Hawkins is performing: "Only Jesus can give new life!" Followed by "Speed bumps ahead."

YAY! We made it into the Tim Hawkins show with half an hour to spare, even after wandering through downtown Seattle for 2 hours trying to find the car.

"I do eat clean- had a pan of brownies in the shower last week." - Tim Hawkins

Ahh, good time to sit down and just laugh for about two and a half hours. Tim Hawkins and Taylor Tomlinson were absolutely fantastic. Also, I got to high five Tim while he did a crazy harmonica solo! Our seats were brilliantly located to catch the action. What a fun night!

I never knew it could take half an hour to exit a parking lot. Now I do. You learn something new every day :P

WE ESCAPED THE PARKING LOT! Ahh the excitements of life. Turns out almost everyone failed to read the "exit this way" sign and were all bottlenecked attempting to exit through the entry. Brilliant. Once again, gotta love big city drivers.

What's the difference between the east and west sides of Washington state? First off, one is a sunny desert and the other is a land of pine trees and rain storms. The other difference is that on the east side, a 60mph speed limit means 65-70. On the west side, it means 25-45. You have been warned.

11:30pm... The people don't sleep in this region. But I sure do feel like I need some. 10 minutes until we get back to the Pollock's house for the night. So ready.

Finally here. I could collapse. But all things considered, today has been pretty amazing!

Sarah Iddings loves exploring the city 
(as long as she is not in charge of driving)!
She also enjoys writing and social media-
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sair in Seattle #1

Currently I am on a road trip to Seattle, WA with my friend Stephanie.
Exciting stuff! 
This is the first post of my on-going literary snapshot journal of the excursion. Have fun exploring culture shock with me!

MARCH 10 2016
Day 1

Stumbling around the dark house at 4:45am. Trying not to wake up Anne (Steph's roommate). Been a while since I've had to be up before sunrise.

40 minutes into the drive and I realize I forgot the cameras. Nooo!

Stephanie is the best travel mate EVER. We went back for the cameras <3 Good thing, too, because she realized she forgot the Tim Hawkins tickets. Whoops. I feel substantially less guilty about begging her to go back now.

Golden sun rays in Hell's Canyon at 6:30am as we get back into the valley to collect our forgotten goods

Back on the road again, rocking out to "Pressing On" by Relient K. This seems fitting

Made it to Multnomah Falls- it is breathtaking. So excited to hike to the top! Can finally check that off the bucket list.


Rumbling thunderous waterfall...AMAZING. 

God's mercy is shown today in giving us perfect weather for the duration of our Multnomah falls hike. It didn't start pouring until we got back to the bridge! 

Even in pouring rain, my photographer instincts kick in... Told Steph she could leave me and go get dry in the gift shop. I got soaked but took some good pictures and enjoyed the waterfall a little longer. No regrets!

The skeletal beginnings of a new on-ramp at the edge of Washington are fascinating.

City drivers (especially women) seem to be jerks.

"Don't count the miles; count the I love you's." - Christina Perry song playing.

An hour and a half outside Puyallup we saw a giant metal naked redneck Despicable Me minion alongside the freeway... What?! 

You know you are in western WA when the "food on next right" sign shows you Starbuck's.

Finally within 25 miles of our destination... And the traffic makes us drive at a snail's pace. Nooo! Small town people don't do traffic :( can we magically make a desolate country highway appear so that we can zip around this mess?

At the Pollock's house! YAY!

They made us a delicious pork chop dinner. All 10 of us ate together and then played a game of Wits & Wagers, which I unexpectedly won because on the last round I threw half my money on the board.

Being part of a big family is interesting; it reminds me of the parties I host, except nobody goes home. I look forward to seeing my favorite bunch of blondes & redheads tomorrow morning at breakfast :)

Sarah Iddings is not accustomed to the city,
but is excited to be exploring it nonetheless!
She also enjoys writing and social media-
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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stumbling Through Spokane

While my usual excursions take me into the woods, hills, and along riverbanks, 
a couple Mondays ago it was a little different:
This small-town girl hit the city.

(Photo credit: Daniel Parks)

Thanks to my friend Zachary hopping onto the Amtrak for a visit, I found myself in Eastern Washington's largest city: Spokane!

After a few laps around the lovely one-way street system of the city center, my car mates and I landed ourselves in a parking lot nearby The Ruby hotel (we couldn't find the actual hotel parking lot at the time). Not wanting to shell out the $15 that the lot wanted, I told them to stay put in the idling vehicle while I ran half a block to grab Zach from the hotel. Our first meeting turned out a little like the first episode of Doctor Who when Rose met the 9th Doctor: "I'm Sair, now run for your life!" 

Two things can be said of such an encounter: first off, telling your friend to run half a block with you to avoid parking charges really saves you on having to make awkward small talk. Second, it gives people like myself good inspiration for drawing cartoons, as displayed below.

The day was filled with all of the fun you could expect from a foursome of twentysomethings: lots of exploring, a game of frisbee in Riverfront Park, great food, and spontaneous outbursts of singing. 

If you ever find yourself in Spokane, here are a few of our favorite places that you should check out:

This place might not look like much on the outside, but seriously, check it out. We discovered this little gem on a web search for restaurants in Spokane. As soon as I noticed that their online menu labeled milk as "cow juice" and coffee and tea as "cup of mud" and "boiled leaves", I was sold. Granted, the reasonably priced menu caught my eye too, but it was really the personality of the establishment that sold me right off the bat. My friends and I were not disappointed! Great food, great prices, and a nice chill atmosphere. If I'm ever in the area again, I'm going back.

This is an incredibly charming shop. So many fun books! We were on our way to find the car, but found this place instead. Grand times were had. 

Attached to Auntie's Books is Uncle's Games. We had a lovely time in this one! A dramatic game of Loopin' Louie (Star Wars edition), a duel with Mashoongas (we realized we'd better quit when things began to fall off of shelves...oops), and over an hour playing their demo of the card game Munchkin: Nightmare Before Christmas edition. I really do appreciate how nice the man running the place was. If you like games, go give them a visit!

There is just something kind of magical about charging through the park on a sunny day to stand under this clock tower as the noon chimes strike. It's really quite impressive!

It's a giant red wagon! Why on earth would you not want to go check this out?

6.) Spokane Falls (at night!)

Zach had the spur of the moment idea to point at a suspension bridge by Riverfront Park and tell us we should go check it out. Absolutely no regrets. The views from the bridge at night were phenomenal - much nicer in person than my little ipod touch could capture, but I couldn't help but try. Getting to see the full moon rise over the park and city was the perfect way to complete our walking travels.

A perfect day?
Why yes, I do believe it was.

Sarah Iddings loves road trips & exploring,
especially when her friends are along for the ride!
She also enjoys writing and social media-
Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @Adventureofsair,
and check out her photography blog, Captured Yet Fleeting.
She can be contacted at
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