User Experience Designer

Oh - where my mind goes,

Autumn in Seattle - 11.2017

I finally got a chance to develop the films from the disposable cameras I took to Seattle a couple months ago. I still can’t believe how well it captured the feeling and temperature of that city. It felt like I was finally digging up the time capsule, and opening it.

The first weekend of November, I went to Seattle for a few days to celebrate my birthday and to take a little breather from everything. I’ve never traveled to another city on my own, and Seattle seemed like the perfect city to walk around, and get lost. I stayed in a dorm-style building/complex with private rooms with a shared kitchen. Located on Capitol Hill on 12th Ave East, between E Roy St and E Mercer St, the neighborhood was quiet and not too far from some of the bars and restaurants. Beautifully colored leaves filled the streets and the thin, crisp air was so refreshing.

 Dorm-style studio in Capitol Hill

Dorm-style studio in Capitol Hill

 Autumn colors 

Autumn colors 

I walked around the neighborhood in the morning since I had some time before I had to make my way to Hertz. I couldn’t believe how brightly colored these leaves were. I almost wanted to bring a whole bag of them so I can fill my entire room. Oh - and I remember thinking about how weird it would be to all of a sudden see a palm tree in the midst of all these trees.

 #neighborgoals

#neighborgoals

 A beautiful flower fighting the cold

A beautiful flower fighting the cold

Around 10:30a.m. I made my way up North to meet Diane, at a small crepe café called Jewel Box. It had been a while since we met. After chatting over a cup of coffee with the most delicious savory Spinach crepe, I was ready for my hike up the Poo Poo Point which is located on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain. The folksy name is a reference to the steam whistle sound heard throughout the Tigers in the early days of logging. Around the 1970’s, the area around Poo Poo Point was logged by Weyerhaeuser Corp. and now the large, clear land is used as a launching pad by paragliders! But of course, I didn’t expect any paragliders to coast in today since it was cloudy and starting to rain.

 Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Location: Issaquah Alps – Tiger Mountain
Length: 3.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1760ft

It took me about 2 hours to finish the hike and although it was fairly short, it felt challenging because of how steep the path was all the way through. Maybe I was just out of shape. Either way, I’m glad I chose this hike because it was so beautiful. Everything felt so wet, fresh, and alive. The smell of rain, moss and wood felt like it was clearing up my heavy lungs.

 Wet leaves, moss and fern

Wet leaves, moss and fern

 Snow piled up on Pine tree needles

Snow piled up on Pine tree needles

I took these shots during my water breaks, walking through the transition from rain to snow. It reminded me of the time when I was hiking up Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. From rain to slush to fresh powder. Living in LA, I often forget how snow makes everything so beautiful and pure. But of course, I still prefer warm weather any day over snow...

When I got to the top, as I expected, I couldn't see a thing. On a clear day, you would get a view of the Issaquah and Lake Sammamish towards Bellevue’s downtown. This was, in a different way, pretty darn amazing. After chatting with a girl who comes up here every weekend, I found out that there's an alternative way to go down. It seemed a little dangerous for not having the right shoes and gear, so I took the same way down. 

The rest of my trip was exploring the city. I met up with some friends at ArtCenter and went to the Public Libary, and had a nice dinner at a Thai restaurant in Capitol Hill. The next morning I walked around Capitol Hill after grabbing some coffee at the Starbucks Reserve. I wished my home smelled like this every day.

I walked over to Homegrown sandwich shop, and had their pesto chicken sandwich on ciabatta bread. They are about “Growing with Purpose,” ensuring their food is sustainably sourced, ingredient by ingredient, farm by farm, choosing what is best for all stakeholders - people, animals and the land. In an effort to better connect to their food and the earth they started Homegrown Sprouting Farms, their very own certified organic farms with outposts in Woodinville, WA & Discovery Bay, CA. Their stores are designed to be as low-impact as possible as well. They use reclaimed, recycled and FSC certified building materials and low-VOC paints in their furniture and wall coverings. Respect to these guys who are thinking about not just the ingredients, transportation, packaging materials but even using hyper-efficient LED and CFL lighting for their stores! 

 Taking the escalator up to the 10th floor in Seattle Public Library

Taking the escalator up to the 10th floor in Seattle Public Library

 Split-flap display at Starbucks Roasters & Reserve

Split-flap display at Starbucks Roasters & Reserve

 Entering Homegrown Sandwich shop located inside a little market area 

Entering Homegrown Sandwich shop located inside a little market area 

We walked over to the Pike market place and had the most amazing clam chowder ever at Pike Place Chowder. I got the taster sample platter to try out all the type of clam chowders they made. Tomato was my favorite. 

 The Post Alley entrance way

The Post Alley entrance way

 Front view of Pike market 

Front view of Pike market 

 Fresh eggs & dairy products

Fresh eggs & dairy products

 Produce section with hanging garlic & chili pepper ristra

Produce section with hanging garlic & chili pepper ristra

 Looking up at the Space Needle

Looking up at the Space Needle

 Museum of Pop Culture

Museum of Pop Culture

After walking around the area where Space Needle and the Museum of Pop Culture was, I had to make my way to the airport. With such a short time, I knew I wasn't able to see everything but I'm glad I got to walk around the neighborhood and just absorb the city. 

Ella Jeong