Layover in Seattle

seattle layover sunset takeoff

Week 64

Day 446

Seattle, WA

47.6097° N, 122.3331° W

Hanging out at airports is something I’ve grown accustom to, but sometimes layovers can be brutal.

This month I’ve been hopping all around the country from Holland, MI.  I’ve been to DC, Walla Walla, San Francisco, and I’ll be headed back to DC tomorrow.

The good news is I was able to buy all these flights with miles.

The bad news is with miles comes some pretty crazy segments and every now and then a long layover.

On my most recent trip home from San Francisco I happened to have a 5 hour layover in my favorite City Seattle.

The Bay to Seattle is a segment I’m very familiar with as I used to take it 3+x a year when I was at school at Davis.  Every now and then you luck out with a clear day from take off to landing and yesterday was one of those perfect days.

From Northern California on, the Cascade mountain peaks start to play peek a boo; starting with Lassen Peak until landing as you fly by the highest peak in the Cascade Range, Mt. Rainier.

Washington mt. rainier

Mt. Rainier hanging out majestically on a sunny Seattle day


Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens


WashingtonJust flying into my home city makes me happy.

Flying in on a sunny day makes me ecstatic!

So I’m not even going to try to describe how happy it made me that my childhood friend Lisa was able to pick me up for a couple hours to go walk through Seahurst Park and grab a beer before I had to get on my next flight!

When I was living in Seattle, I worked as a personal trainer. Having such a career means your hours are often odd and whenever I had an afternoon free on a sunny day I always took the time to head to one of Seattle’s many parks on the water.

Yesterday definitely reminded me why I love the PNW so much.








After our stroll to the park, we had just enough time to stop the the Mark Restaurant and Bar in downtown Burien before I had to head back to security.  I downed a Mac and Jacks Amber, (one of my all time favorites!) ordered a salad to go and made it in plenty of time as I got through security just in time to find out my flight had been delayed 45 min.

Oh well, if I hadn’t been delayed I would have missed this view:




Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helens


Seattle may not have the shopping Minneapolis has, but it makes up in the view and if you have a friend on hand to pick you up it can’t be beat!

Where is your favorite city to pass a layover?

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