In an earlier post, I stated that I wanted to visit all 50 states and most recently I crossed Washington state off my list.
Originally, I was planning a trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco (again, because I’m in love), but then got the opportunity to work Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, Washington.
I’m a sucker for music festivals, so I switched some things around and ended up spending 5 days and 4 nights in Washington and then spent around the same amount of time in LA.
Due to Hurricane Harvey my original flight was moved from Wednesday, August 30 to Friday, September 1, so as soon as I arrived in SeaTac I had to go straight to Bumbershoot Festival.
I swear I’m gonna end up living in the Pacific Northwest one day, because I instantly fell in love with Seattle during the drive from the airport and into the city.
The views were beautiful and I loved that you could see the ocean. The lush forest landscape in the distance spread throughout the city was definitely a nice touch.
My job at Bumbershoot was driving for Artist Transportation, so I had to drive a huge white cargo van on a schedule around the city which gave me a lot of free time to roam the festival and see shows.
There was Sub Pop shop in the Key Arena, as well as a curated art gallery full of work from different artists and Bumbershoot art from throughout the decades.
I’ve been to quite a few different festivals and this one had the most interesting layout I’ve seen. Two of the stages were in stadiums, so the attendees had to wait in line to see a performance, which is pretty ridiculous for a music festival.
Other that, it was a pretty chill festival but I prefer ones with more open space to lay out and just enjoy the music. Here are some random shots I got while roaming:
In addition, I snapped a few pictures of some of my favorite looks I saw people sporting at the festival and put together a video:
The performance I saw on the first day was Die Antwoord and they were amazing as always. If you ever get the chance to see them, don’t hesitate because you won’t regret it!
Although the festival was in Seattle, I was staying in Kenmore, Washington so the drive back at the end of the night took about 30 minutes. I really didn’t mind though, because it was accompanied by a gorgeous nighttime skyline view that I promised myself I would capture the following day.
Day 2 at the festival was the same deal, so I had free time to explore and chill. The performances I saw were Kevin Abstract, E-40, and Weezer. Kevin Abstract was pretty hype, E-40 was good and Weezer sounded the same live and had sick visuals.
The festival at night was a sight for the eyes because the inflatable rabbits on the grounds lit up, the fountain projected a bunch of colors, the Space Needle was such a contrast to the dark sky, and the Bumbershoot sign had colored lights on each letter.
This time on the night drive back I made sure to take a detour to try and capture the city skyline. I ended up creeping through a residential neighborhood with my large white cargo vans and managed to get this cool shot.
But don’t be fooled, because I had to climb at least 8 feet onto the side of someone’s apartment building to get this shot.
There was also this haunting red psychic reading sign that I couldn’t pass without snapping.
Day 3 was as chill and hot as the other two days but this time I got to see Louis The Child and Gucci Mane. I had never seen Gucci Mane live before but his show was fun, and Louis The Child always comes through with the visuals.
The Monday after the festival I was freaking exhausted and slept in before going out for Labor Day. Later that day, my friend whom I was staying with went and I grabbed lunch from Blazing Onion.
I got a Bacon Bacon Cheddar Burger which came with bottomless fries that I couldn’t finish because I got too full. This burger was HUGE!
After getting too full, we did some serious damage at Value Village in Lynwood because they were having their 50% off sale. It was seriously my best thrift trip yet, you can see one of the looks here.
The next day I took a solo walk through Kenmore, it is such a calm and cute town that has everything you would need. I loved all the lush landscape and thick trees, it was such a warm feelings.
First I went up the street to see if I could find any aesthetically pleasing homes and then went to the other direction and stumbled across Kenmore Air.
I put my coins together, got a coke from the vending machine and sat by the dock while watching a plane get ready to board passengers.
It was such a peaceful spot and no one questioned me when I just stumbled in the ground, sat down and started snapping pictures. Although, it was sad that you aren’t able to see past all the smoke from the recent fires.
Later that night was my flight to Los Angeles, so I enjoyed one last city drive and went on my way.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Washington and Seattle gave me serious San Francisco vibes.
What’s your favorite state in the Pacific Northwest? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!