WA: Seattle Waterfront-Pike Market-Smith Cove

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This is our first long road trip in our Rialta RV-we’re up in the Pacific Northwest for a self-organized cycling tour of Washington. We got in at 2 AM and spent the night at a Fred Meyer parking lot in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

The plan for today is to play tourist and walk around the waterfront and the Pike Place Market area. We park at a lot that’s located right off the Elliot Bay Trail but aren’t sure if there’s a time restriction. I ask an elderly man parked next to us about it and he tells us not to worry, he parks here all the time, all day with no problem. He’s getting ready to hop on his bike and after a bit of chit chat, he offers to play tour guide for us. Of course the answer is a big “YES!”

Joe Sing is from Bellevue and drives over as often as he can to ride the Elliot Bay Trail out to waterfront and beyond.

The Elliot Bay Trail runs along the shoreline of Puget Sound, through several parks and exits onto Alaskan Way. This road takes you to the Cruise Terminals and the Bell Harbor Marina out to piers located along the waterfront. The wharf area has your standard tourists’ attractions, souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, an arcade, an aquarium and a huge Ferris wheel!

Joe takes us around the Waterfront Park with gorgeous views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and of course Mount Rainier!

Pioneer Square is at the southern end of downtown Seattle with beautifully restored buildings that is home to many galleries, studios, small shops, antique stores and other one of a kind boutiques. We head a bit further south on 1st Ave to check out the exterior of Safeco Field-home to the Seattle Mariners. A game was just letting out and lots of people were leaving the ballpark!

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Next stop: Pike Place Market-this area is hopping with tons of people! This colorful market offers fresh local fish, fruits, vegetables, flowers and other knick knacks. The first Starbuck’s is located across the street from the market. There is a great diversity of cafes, restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops here-something to suit everyone’s taste!

It’s not that easy to walk around this area with a bike, next time we’ll have to leave the bikes in the RV and take our time walking around a bit more.

We return on The Elliot bay Trail and Joe wants to show us one more area that’s less traveled: Smith Cove Park, located west of Pier 91 on Elliot Bay. This park has fantastic views of Seattle and Puget Sound! Pier 91 is also the cruise terminal for Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

Thanks to Joe for taking the time to show us around his favorite places! I’m sure we would have seen much less on our own.

*I lost all my pics from this ride to a bad external drive. All the photos seen here are taken from the web except for the pic of the RV.

Joe, if you read this, send me the photo of us together and I’ll post it! Thanks again!

14 miles with 300′ of elevation gain

Weather: Sunny & warm with temps in the mid 80’s

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ Sun Tzu

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  1. Hi Nancy and Michael,

    Your journey sounds exciting and your RV looks awesome. I’d love to see more photos of the vehicle and see how you have it set up as a living space. I hope you got to try the clam chowder at Pike’s Market. It’s the best I’ve ever eaten. 14 miles and 360 feet of elevation? Really?


    John, We had a wonderful time and the RV works out really well. See you soon! Nancy


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