Vancouver and Seattle

I’m still immersed in a whirlwind of conference presentations, posters and demos, so I’m going to resort to photos to show all the fun I’ve had when I’ve managed to squeeze in some tourist moments. First, I managed to fit in a visit to downtown Vancouver during my 6-hour layover on Friday.

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We left Ottawa at an ungodly hour, and watched the sun rise while sitting on the tarmac.

The harbour in Vancouver was stunning, and there were seaplanes constantly landing and taking off.

The harbour in Vancouver was stunning, and there were seaplanes constantly landing and taking off.

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I love seeing where the Olympic Flame burned back in 2010

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A building with grass on the roof!

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The separated bike lanes were awesome too. Ottawa needs more of these.

I only had a couple hours to spend in Vancouver, but we had a whole free day on Sunday to tour Seattle. Of course, I went straight for the yarn store….

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With a quick detour through Pike’s Place Market (oh the fish…)

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and the world’s first Starbucks (though I didn’t go in, just peeked through the window)

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Then on to the ferry…

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…for a quick hop over to Bainbridge Island

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With an amazing yarn store!

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I spent a couple hours (when not yarn shopping) wandering around the town

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And finally headed back to Seattle after an afternoon well-spent

I had such a hard time settling on what to buy at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, but I finally settled on a single skein of Kidsilk Haze Stripe (double the size of a regular Kidsilk Haze skein) to make an Inside Out Cowl. I’m dying to make their Color Play Mohair Wrap, but four skeins of the Stripe yarn is just a bit outside my budget at the moment! I may try it with some other mohair yarn I have stashed away at home, but that is a project for October. For now, I’m just trying to enjoy this conference before I have to get back to my regular life back in Ottawa.

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