We flew to Seattle on the Thursday before our cruise. We got to stay with a friend of Rickie's those two nights. This friend, Brian, has a place right on the water. He went out of his way to show us a great time. He cooked breakfast that first morning. Then he took us IN HIS BACKYARD where we got to dig for clams and get our own oysters in preparation for dinner. I kept thinking, "People pay big money to do what we are just hanging out doing."
Up in the morning we toured downtown including Pike's Market and a Car Museum. But I must say the Ballard Locks were the most fascinating of all! We then had a fabulous meal that evening. Brian cooked everything we had gathered, harvested -- whatever the correct word is. We had not only our clams, oysters (cooked two ways) but lobster and steak as well; all were served in the backyard looking out over the water.
Brian later brought out all the stuff and cooked smores by the fire. What a host!