|I’ve never seen so many wildflowers before! They don’t all show up
in this photo, but the meadows almost felt like English gardens with
all the Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and so many other flowers.
Off in the distance, sitting massive on the horizon, the 14,409-foot cone of Mount Rainier. Someday I’m going to need to climb that mountain, too.
|This is me at the summit, which was a sheer, pointy crag that you had to scramble up.
It was pretty precarious, and the flies super irritating, but such good views!
|The gateway into Chinatown|
I didn’t know much about Dragonfest, but I learned that it’s a two-day summer festival celebrating the Asian communities in Seattle. The largest communities are Chinese and Vietnamese, followed by Japanese and Korean. The food stalls all looked amazing and offered things I’d just seen in the past couple of weeks in Japan and Korea. Unfortunately, the lines were so long that we didn’t actually get to try much of it. We did manage to score a Japanese fish-waffle, though (which I’d seen but not tried in Japan).
|In Japan this would have been filled with sweet
red bean paste. Here, because it’s Seattle,
it was filled with bacon.
While we were standing in line for the fish waffles, we ran into Miss China-Seattle, a guy who runs operations at the local Chinese TV station, and a few of their friends. Since Yvonne does public relations for the City of Seattle, she knew these celebrities — they started talking and before we knew it, we were invited to join them for dinner at one of the Chinese restaurants around the corner. Our new acquaintances’ VIP passes helped us get past the lines and into a large round table in the back. They ordered for the table (it helps to be able to speak Chinese!), and we enjoyed a delicious and abundant dinner.