An absurdly early wakeup [3am] followed by an equally as absurd flight time [6am] kicked off the beginning of my journey from Austin to Vegas to Seattle. I had grand plans of sleeping during the first leg but those were quickly tossed aside in favor of a large coffee and way too many episodes of Million Dollar Listing. The connection in McCarran was short and sweet, complete with another large coffee. A couple hours of Bravo reality TV later the flight landed in SeaTac and I quickly located Elisabeth waiting in the food court for me. Megan from Nuun Hydration scooped us up from the airport shortly after and we made our way downtown to the Silver Cloud Hotel, conveniently located next to a brewery and CenturyLink Field. Huge thanks to Megan for shuttling all of the team members from the airport to the hotel all day long, dealing with traffic and many flight delays! She rocks.
Susie [one of our roommates] was just coming back from a run and brought us up to our room. Our hunger was taking over so we decided to take Megan’s suggestion and head to Elysian Fields up the street to grab lunch. The food was fantastic and I enjoyed the Immortal IPA so much I had two. Rachel [our last roommate], Sean, Lauren, Jim and Doug met up with us after lunch and our group set out to be tourists at Pike Place Market.
We visited and made our contribution to the infamous [and gross] Market Theater Gum Wall in Post Alley:
photo credit: Susie
Part of the group waited in line for coffee at the original Starbucks, but Holly had recommended a shop near Matt’s in the Market so Susie and I went in search of it. This was an interesting adventure considering we didn’t know the name of the shop and my GPS kept getting us turned around. We admitted defeat when we found Ghost Alley Espresso on the lower level and although it wasn’t what we were looking for, their double salted caramel nut latte hit the spot. On our walk back to meet the group we passed Storyville and knew immediately it was the place Holly suggested. Susie and I decided we’d try to make it back for a visit before heading to Oregon on Friday.
Of course we couldn’t leave our first group outing without photo evidence:
photo credit: Rachel
We moved the party to Pyramid Brewing for a few pre-game beers and just before 7pm made our way across the street to CenturyLink Field to watch the Seattle Sounders take on the San Jose Earthquakes. This was my first MLS game and Seattle was definitely the best venue for it. Their fans are super passionate and they are LOUD. And I mean REALLY loud. Seahawks games have to be absolutely deafening. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that the game ended in a tie because, a tie? That’s just weird. Someone needs to WIN. This is probably why I could never get into soccer.
We ended the night at Jimmy’s on 1st for a late dinner and drinks with several teammates who had just arrived in town. It was great to meet a few more people but at this point the long day of traveling and/or exploring was starting to wear on everyone. As we were in the process of settling up our tabs, George declared none of us were allowed to leave yet. And that’s when our server reappeared with these:
photo credit: George
We all toasted to the beginning of an exciting weekend and then parted ways to rest up for the next day’s busy schedule!