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My trip back to the states started and ended in Seattle, so here are some of the highlight pictures.

The weekend we arrived in Seattle was SeaFair with all sorts of events, including a Blue Angels show and boat races:

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Me and Kenji enjoying the weather

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everyone waiting for the show to start

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Here they come!

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Day two we stayed at the house to watch them go over

We also visited lots of different places and did fun things:

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Canoeing on Lake Washington and seeing Kenji’s campus

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Visiting the gas works park for some great views

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Alki Beach

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China Town

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Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks

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Had to get some Fish and Chips!

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Also took a Ferry Ride for the fun of it

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Blue Angel at the Flight Museum

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Ballard Locks and Salmon Ladder

But my absolute favorite part of the trip was hiking Mt. Rainier!

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We started at the highest point possible to drive to, Sunrise station

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On the way to the ice lake

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From here, we decided to continue up!

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The view just kept getting better!

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The heat was causing avalanches on the peak proper. It is a cool thing to see… from far away, anyway!

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We make it to our goal on the advice of a fellow hiker for an awesome view of the mountain, and also find a little friend!

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The hike back was long and tiring, but pretty at the end of the day.

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We end with a little camping, dinner, and a long drive back.

We also went to Snoqualmie Falls:

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The falls

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I got stung by a bee right after this…

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And us again!

After a few weeks in Texas, I flew back to Seattle for Kenji’s birthday and the return to Japan. For his b-day, we ate at the Space Needle restaurant:

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Such a cool building!

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All sorts of pretty views as we ate, including a spectacular sunset!

I can’t wait to visit Seattle again!

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