- Despite it’s reputation, Seattle’s annual rainfall is actually less than that of Houston, Chicago and New York City
- Seattlites buy the most sunglasses per capita than any other U.S. city
- Seattle has the second most glassblowing studios in the world. The first is Murano, an island near Venice, Italy
- Seattle was the first city to put cops on bikes (which kind of just reminds me of…)
Originally, we had planned to drive straight to Seattle but it became too beautiful of a day to not circle around Mt. Rainier. Also as a small note, the weather had completely dropped for a couple of days from the 20’s to single digits (c). So while Portland was cold enough for ample snow cover.. imagine how cold it was in the mountains – the sun and blue skies made for deceivingly cold weather!
We drove aways out of Portland on North 5, then turned east into Mt. Rainier National Park. After spending a couple of hours driving around and to the highest lookout point, we attempted to complete the loop to Seattle but found the road closed off from icy conditions.
THUS, we had to make a complete U-turn to retrace our tracks back onto I-5 (hence the big blue U-turn arrow).
Too bad that we couldn’t explore new roads to Seattle, but we had been lucky enough to snag a beautiful day in the mountains!
Red – Our new route
Black striped – The complete loop towards Seattle