With T.’s wedding being in remote part of Idaho, it was actually cheaper to fly into Seattle and rent a car there and drive the extra 4 hours instead of flying into Spokane and get the car there (between the airline tickets and car the difference was about $350) After driving back from T.’s wedding we had a day in Seattle before needing to fly out. L.‘s brother L. with his wife and baby also came with us. Traveling with a little baby was an interesting experience too. Everyone has told L. and I that as soon as we have a baby there is no way that we will be able to travel at the same level that we do currently. While we did have to make changes in the way that we traveled I think that it is not impossible to do it. We also visited with L.’s aunt who lived in Tacoma.
Being in Seattle there is a very different vibe. There really is a cultural difference between west coast and east coast. The distance between things is one aspect. Even downtown the roads are not as narrow. It changes from city to suburbs must quicker and suburbs are much more spread out. There are other differences too though. I don’t know how to explain it, there is a much more laid back feeling. The local people spent time looking around too, instead of just the tourists. There is much more of a hippie culture (recycling and the environment are much more integrated into the culture). I think that no matter where I live I will always be more of a west coast person then east.