Tonight is my fifth and final night here in Seattle. Early tomorrow morning we will depart for Enumclaw and begin to make our way towards Washington, D.C. My time in the west coast city has been short lived but I can definitely say that I have learned a lot and taken in even more. It is so hard sometimes to sit back and enjoy one’s surroundings but I believe that is something that a landscape architect has to be able to do best. In this profession one truly has to be a jack-of-all-trades and be able to take everything into account, and sometimes is starts in the places that people see everyday but just don’t know how to look at it.
The main difference that I can point out between Seattle and the midwest is the way that roadways are constructed. Washington obviously has a lot more terrain to deal with in creating street design and it is crazy some of the inclines that this city’s roads are set at, I can only imagine what it is going to be like to have to bike up them. The thing that I love most about the emerald city is how entertaining a simple fifteen minute drive can be. Around every turn there is a new mountain to see, or a new overlook to gaze upon, and talk about green! The roadways will go from being open to the big sky in one moment and then the next you are under a canopy of greenery forming a tunnel in which you wish would never end. I love the parkway design because it is something that people experience everyday and whether they know it or not the drive is a soothing one. I sure hope these people don’t take for granted the scenery that they get to see everyday compared to the never ending corn and/or soy bean fields of the prairie states.
Over the next couple days my team and I will be making our way over Mt. Rainier and so far I can only picture how beautiful that site is going to be, but my prediction is that I don’t really have any idea what is upon us.