Seven years ago this month I was in Seattle, Washington. I had completed a two-day road trip from Colorado to Seattle with my friends Doug and Ed to help Doug move out to where his new job was located, and after getting him settled in at his new apartment we had a couple of days before Ed and I had to return to Colorado. None of us had ever been to Seattle before, so we figured it would be a good opportunity for all of us to get to know the city and see some of it’s more famous landmarks. We did all the typical tourist stuff like going up the Space Needle, visiting the Pike Place Market, walking around downtown, and we even checked out the University of Washington campus since it wasn’t that far from Doug’s new apartment.
Among all the locales we visited in Seattle, one of the most memorable was a place called Gas Works Park, and it was there that I took today’s photo. Gas Works Park is situated on the north shore of Lake Union and used to be the site of a plant belonging to the Seattle Gas Light Company. While there are still sections of the old plant that have been left up, the park is mostly an open grassy area with a large mound and a great view of the Seattle area. The previous day it had been cool and overcast, but on the day we came to Gas Works Park the clouds had parted and the sun was shining down on the city. Down by the water’s edge I was taking photos of the Seattle skyline when I noticed a group of three small sailboats approaching from the south. I realized their path would take them right past me and make a great photo, so I waited patiently for them to get closer and then took the above photo when the nearest boat passed right in front of me. This would become my favorite photo of the whole trip and probably one of the best photos I took that year. I came back to Seattle again in 2015 and while I’m not sure if I’d ever want to live their long-term I can say it’s a great place to visit in the summertime.