Two weeks ago we took a drive up to Seattle to take V to Pax West. Plus we added a side trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. We had never been to Canada before, so we thought it would be fun since it’s only two hours north of Seattle.
Friday morning we stopped at Snoqualmie Falls as usual when in the area, it’s a must for any Twin Peaks fan. The day really kicked in as we entered Seattle, we were getting hungry so we stopped and had a bag of Dick’s. The burgers, fries and shakes were pretty tasty, but nothing special. We can now say that we’ve been there and had some Dick’s in our mouths, LOL!!
Before the evening rush hour, we drove down to the Kent KOA where our campsite would be. This campground was very different from other KOA campgrounds. This spot had tons of people long-term camping (aka living there). So since this campground didn’t allow fire pits for evening relaxing, we headed into the surrounding suburbs and checked out some video game stores and thrift stores.
Saturday morning we woke up early and drove into downtown Seattle for Pax West. The main exhibition hall(s) were huge and full of game company booths. What’s really nice about Pax is that they really try to keep the aisles clear for moving about. You can’t doddle around in the aisles and clog up the place, that goes for cosplayers and their fans as well. Another cool thing about the layout was that they kept what little vendors there are, to a central area. So there aren’t really any traffic jams anywhere in the con, which was really nice!
This con is a video gamers paradise, V had a great time. But he did admit it was a bit overwhelming and by the end of the day he was beat. But he did get to demo some games he was wanting to play, so he was happy. As the con was winding down, we split and drove over to the Lake Union Ivar’s Salmon House for dinner. We got to sit down and rest our feet from the convention, while eating some tasty food, love Ivar’s!
Sunday we had an entire day in Seattle with no plan. We checked out a few skateparks including the DIY spot Marginal Way. We cruised into Ballard for a Scandinavian market. Later, we found ourselves at the Uwajimaya Marketplace downtown. We ate a shit ton of Takoyaki, awesome. For dinner we headed to Tacoma to Half Pint Pizza Pub, they had really tasty pizza and beer, what a way to finish off a weekend in Seattle!
Monday morning we broke down camp and headed north towards Vancouver. We were really excited and nervous to cross the border into another country. After checking over our passports and asking a couple questions, the border agent passed us into Canada. But our passports didn’t get stamped or anything, bummer!! We hoping for some kind of stamp or marking, anything… So much for that, LOL.
Personally, I think the best part of Vancouver was seeing it in the rear view mirror as I left. It’s a super city, and it gave me a super panic attack trying to navigate the car traffic and pedestrian traffic as we rolled into the downtown area. I ended up taking a 5 hour nap at the apartment. That was the complete opposite of what I wanted from the day, but that’s life I guess.
There were a few highlights even in that hot mess of a day. We ate lunch at Peaked Pies, an Australian meat pie shop. It was super yummy, I just wish I wasn’t in a complete daze while eating it.
Tuesday was a much better day. We left the car parked and took mass transit all day, so nice! We rode the bus, sky trains and the sea bus. We took the sky train around the entire Vancouver area including the suburbs, which eventually led us to downtown. We ate poutine at La Belle Patate and tried a wrap at Donair Dude. We took the sea bus across Vancouver Harbour to Lonsdale Quay. V wanted to check out the Canadian version of Gamestop, EB Games. We also had lunch at Montgomery’s Fish and Chips. After taking the sea bus back across the harbour, we took the regular bus to PD’s Hot Shop (Skull Skates) which was really cool to visit in person.
Wednesday morning I made sure to get a few runs at the 1970’s Seylynn snakerun. I would have really kicked myself if I didn’t ride my skateboard at that historic spot. Afterwards, we headed back into Washington and on home to Salt lake City. It was good to be out of Vancouver, which we all agreed, was nothing spectacular and probably wouldn’t ever visit again.
If you’re a video gamer, Pax West was a pretty fun convention, well worth the money, check it out.