Last week, my husband and I set out on a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was the first time for both of us, and I don't quite think that we were prepared for so much beauty. I was expecting weather in the 50's and 60's with rain and light drizzle, but we lucked up with clear sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's. Gorgeous weather for exploring!
For this trip, I decided to bring only film cameras - my Nikon F100 and my Instax Mini, along with my iPhone for digital captures. If your struggling with what photography gear to pack on a trip, see this post.
As I wait for my film to be developed, I can't help but share these iPhone snaps from our trip.
Our first stop was Seattle. And no trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Pike Place Market.
So many sights and sounds and colors. So much goodness to capture. The flowers were my favorite. At $5 and $10 a bundle, their price is hard to beat. It took every ounce of my willpower not to pick up a bouquet.
For dinner, a friend recommended La Rustica, an Italian restaurant in West Seattle with breathtaking views (see above). Definitely worth visiting if you enjoy good food, wine, and getting away from the touristy spots.
The next day, we enjoyed a strong cup of coffee and breakfast at Odd Fellows Cafe + Bar. The windows were open and there was such a nice breeze. I definitely enjoyed the vibe here.
Right next door to Odd Fellows is Totokaelo (above left photo) - a beautifully designed store full of art and textiles, as well as clothes and shoes. I couldn't help myself and picked out a mug to add to my collection!
On our last day in Seattle, we enjoyed the cafe at The London Plane (above), which had the most beautiful flower shop. Definitely worth a visit!
On Saturday, we rented a car and drove to Tacoma, Washington to visit friends. They took us on a tour of Tacoma, which we loved. The above image was taken at Point Defiance Park.
Tacoma has so many parks with breathtaking views. I don't think you can take a bad picture here if you tried.
We rounded out our trip with a visit to Portland. And of course, an obligatory visit to the Ace Hotel Portland and the famous photo booth in the lobby. I can't wait to document those photos!
On our last day, we picked up donuts and coffee at Blue Star Donuts and headed for the Oregon Coast.
After an easy one and half hour drive, we were greeted with this beautiful sight. The dramatic rock formations of Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach were truly breathtaking.
Needless to say, I can't wait to head back to the Pacific Northwest!