Emily and Ken came up for a quick trip to Seattle, and among other tourist-driven stops during that weekend (Pike Place Market, rooftop at Hard Rock Cafe, etc.) we spent an afternoon in West Seattle. The Seattle Water Taxi is a quick and inexpensive way to get to West Seattle without having to plan for parking, traffic and everything else that goes along with a commute by car. The pick up point in Downtown Seattle is at Pier 50, and the ferry conveniently drops off at Seacrest dock in West Seattle; it’s just a few steps from Marination Ma Kai. If you have the patience to wait in line, your first stop should be at this waterfront restaurant for some Hawaiian shaved ice. From there, Alki Beach is about a 1.5-2 mile walk along the beach front. Though most of the walk requires some dodging around bikers, roller bladers and four person “surrey” bikes manned by underage middle school kids, the views of Puget Sound help wash away the noise. We enjoyed some fresh coconut water, stopped to watch a young girl’s volleyball tournament that lasted even until after we finished dinner at a small french restaurant (how’s that for making you feel guilty?), took in the “beach life” as the sun started to set, and head back for the night.