Dan and I first visited Seattle during the Memorial Day weekend in 1995, while we were living in Chicago. We were out here to see Grateful Dead shows, both in Seattle and Portland, and to meet up with some friends. I remember the ride in our rental car from the airport to our hotel near the Space Needle......I couldn't get over how beautiful everything was. The mountains, the water, the intense colors of the trees and flowers - it was overwhelming. In addition to seeing music, we wanted to see as much of the area and sights as we could. We took off early in the morning on show days and saw some amazing things. Along with our traveling buddy Steve, we put nearly 1200 miles on our rental car. We saw Mt. Rainier, the Hoh Rainforest, the Oregon coast from Florence north and Mt. Hood. We knew after that trip that this is where we wanted to move. And two years later, we did.