Seattle, Washington

Doing burnouts and handbrake turns on the ice was great fun for Joe but Sharni was not a fan. We experienced a big scare when we started sliding sideways on the highway just outside of Salt Lake City with a truck right behind us. Without a 4wd and snow tyres and chains and not wanting to risk more bad weather and having an accident like many on the roads at the time we decided to change our plans. The ice and snow on the interstate got so bad we had to pull off to the nearest town (Tremonton) to wait out the bad weather for a few days. Originally we had planned to spend a week both in Yellowstone National Park in Wyomming and Glacier National Park in Montanta snowshoeing, bathing in hot springs surrounded by snow and checking out massive glaciers. Instead we headed to lower elevations towards Seattle.

We had fun in Tremonton. It’s a nice little town with friendly locals. We walked around in the snow, went out for dinner, enjoyed some locally brewed low alcohol beer and just chilled out for a bit in our cheap but cosy motel whilst we waited for the worst of the weather to pass. Once clear we took off for Seattle.

Seattle is a really nice liveable city. We went to the famous Pike Street Markets, Bubblegum Alley, Olympic Sculpture park, took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and went to the top of the Seattle Space Needle. It was still chilly but bearable in comparison with Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon National Park and Salt Lake City.

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