I went to Seattle for a business conference last week. I've had a love affair with the Pacific Northwest for years now, even though I had never been there before. It's totally The Place To Be right now. Instagram is full of #PNW photos; lots of moody gray and lonesome, misty oceans and pine trees and mountains, all of which are totally my jam. We didn't get outside very much while I was there, nor did we get a chance to leave the city, but I still got some wandering in. 

It rained almost the entire time there, which the natives insisted was not the norm (I pretended to believe them). We were lucky that on our one day to explore the city, the clouds broke for an hour or so, letting in some warm sunshine and gorgeous blue hues before taking over again and spritzing (or, as my friend Kelly liked to call it, "sneezing") all over us. 

I brought my DSLR with me, but between the rain and the desire to walk around with the least amount of stuff possible, I opted to leave it in the hotel room and make it an iPhone trip instead. I just got the 6s, so I was excited to use my new camera and see if the photo quality was up to snuff. 

We also got a chance to see the beautiful, disgusting gum wall the day before they melted it for the first time ever since it started some twenty years ago. The timing was perfect, and I was excited to be able to see the original grossness before it was gone (although I'm sure it'll be all gummed up again in no time). 

I couldn't believe just how Seattle-y Seattle actually is, with its sustainable food restaurants and environmental lovin' everywhere I looked. It was a really good first taste of a place that I want to return to and spend a LOT more time exploring. 

Oh, and did I mention that there is a place called Rachel's Ginger Beer, and that they sell hot toddies and copper mugs that SAY "Rachel's Ginger Beer" on them, and that I bought a whiskey and spiced honeycrisp hot toddy, and then I bought two copper mugs, and EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL?! They also had free stickers. Seattle is a pretty great place.