Vaca Part II: Seattle to California

I can’t believe how long it is taking me to write these recap posts from my recent vacation. It’s not like I don’t enjoy reliving the moments of the trip, I really do, so I can’t understand what my deal is.

Anyway! If you missed my first recap post you can read about it here: Vaca Part I: Vancouver. After Vancouver, Dana and I hauled ourselves and our luggage down to Seattle. We had to cross the border of course and waited a loooonng time to get through. Interestingly enough, they confiscated my orange from me. Apparently that can’t cross boundary lines just so you’re aware.

welcome to united states

On our way to Seattle we grabbed some lunch, stopped at the Lululemon outlet (I actually didn’t find anything I wanted!), and then continued on to the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour. To those of you who don’t know, my husband really enjoys airplanes. He always has. Needless to say, this tour at Boeing was my anniversary gift to him because this wouldn’t be my first choice of activities for the day. I have to say though, it was kind of neat to learn about how they make the planes, they just could have cut the tour down by 45 minutes or so.

boeing seattle

When we arrived at our hotel in Seattle, we got all settled in, warmed up, and then headed out to explore.

Our hotel was in walking distance to the famous Public Farmer’s Market and fish markets.


We had to stop by Pike Place to see if they were throwing any fish around. They weren’t but it was still neat to see the place and to see all of the fish for sale! I would be so spoiled if I lived in Seattle!


We had to see the first ever Starbucks of course.


We really enjoyed walking around the market and gawking at all of the fresh fruits and vegetables.



For dinner, we waited for a table at the Crab Pot.




This is where you order mountains of seafood and they pile it right on your table. You use your hands and the tools that they give you to eat the seafood. Super casual; you even get a bib!

crab pot dana and melanie

We ordered the shrimp and crab which came with corn and potatoes.

seattle crab pot


I was not a fan of having to completely remove the shell, head, and veins of the shrimp; not very appetizing to me! The food was all very good though really! After dinner we continued our anniversary celebration by getting some ice cream for dessert at a nearby ice cream shop. People probably thought we were crazy eating ice cream outside while it was a mere 50 degrees with a light mist. It doesn’t matter to us!

Before heading out of Seattle we made a stop at the Theo Chocolate Factory.

theo seattle

Just like the wall says, they make organic fair trade chocolate and it is DELICIOUS! We got situated in our hairnets and got ready for our tour. Ironically, we toured with a couple who I went to high school with! Talk about a small world.

theo seattle

We learned all about how they make the chocolate and got to sample lots of nummy treats!

theo seattle

theo chocolate

We also were able to tour the inside of the factory and see where the chocolate was made. It smelled heavenly inside! I felt like I was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Our tour guide was hilarious too which made the tour that much more fun.

After Seattle we hopped on a plane to California. After a terrible nights sleep, we met up with our friends Brandon and Elizabeth for breakfast!

brandon elizabeth

Brandon and I go way back. We’ve been friends since 8th grade. He now lives in California but I still get to see him from time to time. I miss that little booger. 😉

melanie brandon dana

We enjoyed pastries at a Cuban bakery. Mmm…mmmm!!!



It was so great catching up with those two and I get to see them very soon again!!!

The rest of our time in California was spent getting to know the crew that we would be spending time with on the cruise. More on that next time!!!

Sorry that this was much of a “in-a-nutshell” recap, but I would have to write a novel if I went into every detail of the trip! I hope you enjoy!

Happy Thursday!

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  1. They took your orange… How strange!! And I am so bummed that you didn’t find anything at the lulu outlet…. Maybe we need to make a trip to albertville… I hear they have a lulu now too!
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    1. Melanie

      I was looking for workout tees and all they had were tanks and long-sleeves!

  2. Ahhhh – your photos of Seattle make me want to visit there EVEN MORE! Bummer that it was raining but that’s almost expected there, right? Now I just can’t wait for your cruise recap 🙂 I’ve never been on one and am curious to what you think of them!
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    1. Melanie

      Yes the rain was definitely expected! We were well-prepared so it wasn’t a big deal. We’ll see when I get that cruise recap out! Hopefully soon! xoxo

  3. You are making me want to go on a vacation now! Looks like you had a great time 🙂

    1. Melanie

      Ha ha, yes we had a great time!!

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