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September 14, 2011 |  Category:   friends life Seattle & the NW travels

Oh, I’m not done yet with photos from our trip. So much more to show, but you know…life happens, the beginning of school, checking in on my mom, figuring out our Fall schedules. It seems busy. As Fall should be.

But I still find myself thinking about our trip which does really seem like a million years ago, so much so that Mia keeps shaking her head with disbelief saying, “did we really go to San Francisco last month?” From my obsessive weather watching, the temps are going to drop starting tomorrow and it does feel like summer is slipping away. Looking at the photos from our trip gives me a sense of calm and also a sense of longing. I wonder why we connect with some places and other places we don’t. You already know that my lack of emotional connection to Portland confuses the hell out of me, and I have to say that I wasn’t surprised that San Francisco didn’t bowl me over with its awesomeness. I really do love the city and we had a super great time, but it never had in past visits and that didn’t change this time. So what is it about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest? I don’t know. I think it has to do with something about my youth, my long term history with the region, family ties, some fantasies and a few unrealized dreams. Maybe a special place does that for you too?

Ironically, as we were leaving my friend Lecia’s house in Seattle where we stayed a few days once again this year, she and her boys were flying out to NYC. She wrote this about their trip: “Seattle is our home, but we left a piece of our hearts in New York City.” We leave a piece of our hearts every time we leave the Northwest.

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  • K and A Alesandrini September 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are special places for us, too. We’re Midwesterners, but lived for 10 years in Seattle and learned to be adults there. We just moved back to the Midwest last January, and so seeing your pictures of our home away from home has been truly wonderful (and wistful). Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  • Melanie September 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    First, I love your photos – all of them, not just the ones from your summer trip. I don’t think I’ve ever said that, so I wanted to.

    Seattle is the place that I feel connected to as well, even though I haven’t spent my life here. I grew up in a small town in northern Louisiana and moved to a suburb of Atlanta in 1997 when I was 28. I moved to Seattle (without having ever visited the city) in the late summer of 1998. I’d always wanted to move away from the South, I liked Nirvana, I loved the movie Singles, and I thought that Seattle would be cool. Oh, my 20-something year old brain! Luckily, it was. So cool that I’ve now lived here four different times. I’ve also lived in Los Angeles twice, and went back to Louisiana for 10 long months once.

    I don’t know exactly what it is, but Seattle feels like my “real” home. I also could see myself living in Portland. I haven’t spent tons of time there, but every time I visit I feel a connection to the city that is similar to what I feel here. Funny, the way you feel about Portland is the way that I feel about Vancouver, BC. I’ve been there a couple of times and there’s just no emotional connection for me. I have a good time, but I just don’t feel the same way as I’ve felt in Seattle or Portland, which has always been odd to me because the three cities are kind of similar.

    I hope I get a chance to meet up with you next time you’re here, Jenna! That would be awesome. Take care and have a great week!

  • Heidi September 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Jenna, your photos are beautiful and feel very familiar to me some how. We live in North Vancouver, BC, very close to Seattle. we spent much of my childhood at my aunt’s place in Seattle and I feel the same as you about the whole region. There is something about having spent so many important moments (christmas, birthdays, summer break) in such a lovely area. the trees, the water, the beach. We visit there less now that we are all grown up but still, I love it there.

  • gillian September 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    i just went to SF and i felt like i should love it. i went in thinking “i’ll love it here, i’ll want to live here” but during the 3 days we were there i kept thinking “why don’t i love this?”. then we went to berkeley and i fell in love. and napa. i think if i lived in berkeley i might love SF more. i don’t know what it is either. i’m from boston but spend so much time in nyc that my inevitable eventual move there will probably seem seamless. and also probably because i just LOVE being there.
    i left a piece of my heart in northern cali for sure, just not in SF!

  • allison September 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    what a beautiful way to write about the place you love.

    my heart has always been in the midwest, and after living in phoenix for 14 years, i finally followed my heart back home. i am so, so thankful and happy to be living here. i know that it’s not everyone’s paradise, and it’s certainly far from perfect, but it’s absolutly perfect for me.

    best of luck in finding your home, wherever that may be.

  • TC September 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve lived in SF for four years. I moved here because I liked it, but I’ve never fallen in love with it.

    I lived in Seattle for two years, and worked there for a few years after. I fell in love with the city when I was a little girl and we would make our once-a-year trek up there from our home in rural Washington to see a concert or something. I still ache to be there again. Who knows why some places stay with us and others (even the very simliar, but different) don’t.

  • Justine September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that the more you leave pieces of your heart, the bigger it gets.

  • Miss Cameron September 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    It has been a major dream of mine to go to Seattle. Thank you for your wonderful pictures from your trip!

  • Heather September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Beautiful photos. I can smell the blackberries and feel the gritty texture of the driftwood logs now. I ache for the northwest too. Sea-Tac is the only place that I tear up as I get back on the plane to come back east. Yes, I miss family, but I also truly miss the place. And the day I have to leave, is always when it clears up with a perfect view of the mountain. I have my husband’s job to blame for keeping me out east. Do you guys think about moving there? Can you design and bake cookies in Seattle? Just curious if it ever crossed your mind. I know NYC is really your home, but maybe it was tempting this trip with all that sunshine. I like the comment about our hearts getting bigger, I’d like to think so. It certainly is a good reason to travel and see how big the world is, as you mentioned the other day.

  • Patricia September 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Lovely photos of my Seattle. I have now been here 13 years, but sometimes it still doesn’t seem quite real. Realistically, there are problems here too, just like any other city. But the good outweighs the bad by far, and I don’t ever see myself leaving this area. I got married In San Francisco, when I was very young and foolish, but it was all so romantic that I couldn’t help but fall in love with that city. But New York knocks on my door sometimes, and I have to force myself not to answer!!!

  • Susan September 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I’ve never been to the northwest…it is so beautiful. On our list!

  • Sally B September 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Your pictures continue to feed my soul.

  • Jenna September 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    @Heather, we think about it abstractly. I don’t think Mark would mind going back home, but I know that if I left NYC I would miss it terribly. I never thought I would move back when I first moved out there, but after 5 years I did, which sort of surprised me. Plus I can’t leave my parents – they already have 1 kid on the west coast -and the girls are close to them. It’s always that “grass is always greener” thing, and we always go in August when the weather is usually fantastic, but I remember the rain and clouds, I do!

  • MC September 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m a Northeast girl, born and raised. However, I’ve wanted to visit the NW for as long as I could remember. Finally last year I made it out there. I cannot describe the feeling I had when in Seattle. It felt like “home”. I was so relaxed and just loved the energy of the city. I have no history, no memories, and no friends in Seattle but I just felt so connected. I daydream about a time in my life when I can move their with some permanence. Until then, I rely on the pictures from my incredible trip to bring me back to that peaceful place within…. Seattle is undeniably my “soul-city”. I’ll get back someday. Oh, feeling is mutual about SF and Portland. Lovely cities, just not for me.

  • Katherines Corner September 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful post. My Mother lives int eh Washington, so gorgeous. You captured your trip beautifully made me feel as if I was there with you. Hugs P.S> I invite you join me at my first ever Thursday Favorites blog hop. Stop by and link up your lovely blog.

  • Jane September 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have that feeling about Auckland, New Zealand. My father is from a small town in New Zealand, and whenever we visit we stay in the “big city”, and I remember after coming home from the last visit I felt homesick – it was the strangest feeling, to feel homesick for a city that was never really your home. But some places just speak to you, while others you can live in for years and never feel like it’s home. The heart is a funny thing!

  • Carina September 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, your pictures really make me wanna go to Seattle. They look so warm and friendly. Are that figs with cheese at the last picture? I had this combination just this week-it is great isn’t it!?

  • PrashantB September 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Lovely photos of Seattle. The Northwest is so beautiful. Nice to see the colors. Here are some of my own clicks of Seattle if you’re interested
    Pictures clicked along the Water Front

  • Lohasrus September 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Your wonderful photos give me a sense of peace. Your questions are philosophical, and everyone has a special place for their own.

  • Annie From Seattle September 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Awwww.Officially declaring you an honorary Northwesterner!