😳 The ‘embarrassing’ thing we’re leaving on the trails
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😳 The ‘embarrassing’ thing we’re leaving on the trails


Seattle is not standing still in 2019. There’ll be more people. More construction to (try to) keep up with all that growth. A tunnel under downtown. A sports arena renovation. And a completely transformed waterfront.

But in a lot of ways, Seattle’s gonna be the same as ever. And no matter how long you’ve been around, there’s probably something you haven’t done here that could be a highlight of your year.

So tell us: What should be on our 2019 Seattle bucket list? What are the things you can do in this city that are so great, you would challenge every local to try it next year?

Send us your ideas and we’ll wrap ‘em into a list to share back on December 31. We’re looking for anything and everything: Indoors and outdoors, summer and winter, in the city proper and a short drive away. It can be an activity, a must-try dish, a scenic view or whatever uniquely local thing makes you feel like you’ve just made the most of living in Seattle. » Tell us here what to put on our bucket list.

YOLO, Seattle. Let’s get to it.

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The ‘embarrassing’ thing we’re leaving on the trails. You haven’t built a cairn, now, have you? Because if you have stacked rocks just so on a trail somewhere, you should know that The Stranger’s Rich Smith finds you “embarrassing,” and really hopes you’ll stop. “Every time I see one I feel the need to destroy it,” Rich writes in a post that’ll make you laugh, if not rage. And if excessive cairn building has become a problem — because unofficial cairns confuse hikers, can cause erosion, etc. etc. — is it Instagram’s fault? Social media is one reason The Seattle Times’ Gene Balk thinks the number of local hikers has doubled in a decade. “Don’t get me wrong — I love the expression of selves,” Rich writes. “But sometimes I get mortally tired of the whole racket and must run into the woods to refresh.” 🌲 (The Stranger)

Pucking finally. The whoops and claps went on for a while at Henry’s Tavern in South Lake Union yesterday morning, where fans watched live as the National Hockey League board of governors gave Seattle a pro hockey team. It’ll hit the ice for the 2021-2022 season, it doesn’t have a name yet — though Seattle Sockeyes won The Seattle Times’ unofficial name tournament — and Seattle Redditors couldn’t help but have a little fun with the news… at the Seattle Mariners’ expense: “200 [bucks] says we get a Stanley Cup before the Mariners win the World Series,” reads one comment. “300 says the Sonics win another NBA Championship before the Mariners win the World Series,” reads another. 😂 (Instagram, The Seattle Times, Reddit)

No love for the Lyftie. Capitol Hill just earned a “Lyftie” for being the “most visited late night neighborhood,” and folks there aren’t exactly thrilled. What’s a Lyftie? An award Lyft made up to call out the local spots where its drivers make the most stops. Why isn’t it awesome? Because while the traffic’s good for business, Capitol Hill thinks of itself as a pretty darn walkable neighborhood. The Seattle Lyftie winner for “most visited late-night restaurant,” by the way, is Big Mario’s Pizza on East Pike Street. Because huge pizza slices are everything. (Capitol Hill Seattle, Lyft)

‘I’ve never touched that much $ and I don’t think I ever will again.’ Keith Booth was stopping by the Sumner Food Bank down in Sumner, Washington, when he saw a brown bag on the ground. He pulled out a $20 bill, put it back in, wondered if he should keep the bag, and gave it to the folks at the food bank instead. Turns out, there was $17,000 in cash inside. The food bank called the police, everyone waited the required three months to see if anyone would claim the cash, and when no one did, the food bank kept it — after giving some of it to Keith, who’s lived homeless on and off in Sumner for over seven years. Now Keith’s neighbors are running a GoFundMe to help him out. ♥️ (Tacoma News Tribune)

Partner Events

🌎  TOMORROW: Tackle global challenges and learn how you can help build a more equitable world at the annual Global Washington Conference (Downtown)

🇺🇸  TOMORROW: Join the conversation about reforming the places we live and building an equitable future for urban America with Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán and Town Hall Seattle. (Capitol Hill)

🎄 Saturday: Celebrate the season of giving with Foundation and Seattle Works’ holiday party (Ballard)

💛 Thursday, Dec. 13: Hang with the Foundation gang to simply chill and catch up. (Belltown) 🆕

Around Town

🎟  Learn what inspires these wild acrobats — through Dec. 22 (Capitol Hill)
🛍  Check out handmade crafts at this winter market — through Thursday (South Lake Union)
👋  Join fellow creatives and tech pros at this holiday party (Pioneer Square)
💡  Hear prominent local authors share their experiences with abortion (University District)

🗣  Learn all about the upcoming closure of SR-99 (Columbia City)
🛍  Support local artists and makers at this socially conscious market (Pioneer Square)
👋  Play to win at this drag bingo night at Bush Gardens (International District)
🍸  Sip this famous Seattle eggnog at a pop-up bar (Ballard)
🎈  Bring your little ones to a magical night at the zoo (Phinney Ridge)
💡  Learn how to build an equitable global community at this Evergrey partner event (Downtown)
💡  Hear how cities can grow smarter at this Evergrey partner event — featuring Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán (Capitol Hill)

🎟  Ring in the holiday season with this theatrical sequel to Pride and Prejudice (Greenwood)
🍴  Grab a po’boy and sip sangria at Seattle’s social justice library (Beacon Hill)
🍺  Taste beers and check out this artsy Short Run market — through Saturday (Sand Point)
🎶  Check out Seattle’s biggest caroling competition (Downtown)

🎈  Take the fam to dance along to silly tunes by Caspar Babypants — through Sunday (Capitol Hill and West Seattle)
🛍  Munch on food truck grub at this handmade holiday market (SoDo)
🛍  Give the gift of local experiences at this holiday market (Yesler Terrace)
🛍  Shop small at the first-ever Northwest African American Museum holiday market (Central District)
🛍  Jazz up your space with art that’s less than $100 (SoDo)
🎈  Deck your fam in glowy lights for a walk around the lake (Green Lake)

🎟  Hear your neighbors’ “unconventional holiday tales” with KUOW (Greenwood)
❄️  Dress warm to check out this iconic holiday lights festival (Leavenworth)
🎈  Bring your dogs to the park and drink hot cocoa (Pioneer Square)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, see more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


First off: Congrats to reader David Messent, whose shares of The Evergrey won him a pair of tickets to this week’s Global Washington Conference. 🙌

And second: You know how it goes. We get sunny days in the winter months, or we get relatively warm days in the winter months, but we can’t get ‘em both. ❄️

This week’s clear skies mean no cloud-cover blanket and a whole lot of brrrr. So pack that hat and gloves and tell anyone you see stuck outside that our city’s cold weather shelter is now open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Be kind out there, all. — The Evergrey

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