On our way out of the Pacific Science Center we stopped to see the Seattle Space-needle. We opted to not go up in the Space-needle but just enjoyed the view from the bottom. To get a view of the entire city we drove to Beacon Hill to see the Seattle skyline. In the distance we could faintly see Mt. Rainier with all the cloud cover. It was the best view I had ever seen of Seattle and couldn't believe that we hadn't been to this viewpoint before when we lived in the area. It's a good thing we thought it was worth seeing because the traffic getting back to the freeway was such a mess. It made me grateful that I didn't live right in the middle of a big city.
Later that evening we left the kids back at the hotel and headed out to meet some of our longtime friends for dinner. It was so great to see Jen and Dave Wilcox again and to catch up with life. It felt like yesterday that we were eating dinner at their house the night before moving to Japan. That was nearly 6 years ago. Oh my how time has flown by.