On Friday afternoon I walked the 10 minutes to the Bellevue Transit Centre and caught the bus to HG’s work place. The idea was to meet him there and then drive back home in the borrowed truck together – maybe stopping for a Friday night drink or even dinner somewhere along the way.
Not entirely sure if the bus I was catching was one of those ones where you “tapped” your card against the reader on the footpath before you entered, or on the reader in the bus as you entered (both methods can be done on the Rapid Ride bus but only tapping the card as you enter can be done on all other buses!) I spied a friendly looking woman of a similar age to myself (surely she wouldn’t think I was silly not knowing?) gave her a big smile and asked. I got all the answers and more as we discussed our weekend plans on the 20-minute bus ride to Redmond. She suggested a trip to Snoqualmie Falls worthwhile, and being only half an hour’s drive from Downtown Bellevue it was the perfect trip for a Saturday morning.
Once again the GPS tried to head us off in the opposite way to where we should have been going before we’d even got to the first corner. However, I was ready for the machine who replaced me as chief navigator (only because I couldn’t produce exit numbers 1km before we were due to drive off them – unreasonable I think?) and was able to quietly advise HG he was doing a splendid job and was going in the right direction – ‘she’ was just confused I explained.
Snoqualmie Falls are spectacular – even in the rain! After viewing the falls from the top it was beautiful walking down the steep and windy path through Western Red Cedars, Douglas Firs, Red Alders, and many other native trees to the river below where there was a great view back up to the 270-foot waterfall. A hugely busy wee spot the paths were wide enough not to feel too crowded.
Unfortunately, walking down to view the waterfall from below meant walking back up and it was hard work, even Mr. Fit (HG) arrived at the top glowing! It was a good start to the first day of my planned ‘eat less rubbish, and lose a few kilos’ campaign. Despite all the walking I’ve been doing I’ve gained weight – to be shed no doubt once my well anticipated shopping spree commences!