Seattle – 24 July 2008

2008.07.24.18 Our second day in Seattle started with a trip to Pike Place Market.  We rode the monorail, and then walked a couple of blocks to reach the market.  On our walk we stopped off at Lush; Kat loves this store, so we decided to check it out.

We stopped to get some coffee to give us some pep.  Recharged, we started exploring the shops.  We found a great shop called Little Shanghai, and I got a fantastic jacket.  We continued to wander and shop.  Just beyond Pike Place Market is Victor Steinbrueck Park, which overlooks Puget Sound.  Joey took some pictures of the totem pole that is in the park, and we relaxed and watched the ferries on the sound.

After our stop in the park, we dove into Pike Place Market proper.  There are so many stalls filled with so much stuff!  Clothes, jewelry, crafts of all kinds, fish, meat, veggies and flowers are all in this tiny space with about 9000 people!  Joey had a great time taking pictures of everything.  I found t-shirts to take to the our nephew and godchildren as souveniers.

Suddenly we realized we were pretty hungry.  We decided to get some food we could eat on the go.  We stumbled upon a great place called Piroshky! Piroshky! Earlier in the day, we had actually seen one of the employees making the piroshky – the food was very fresh!  We each had a couple of Piroshky, all different flavors so we could try lots of variety.  I definately recommend this wonderful little bakery to anyone looking for a tasty and filling treat on the go!

After eating we continued our exploration of the market area.  We made a shopping stop at the big Macy’s near the monorail station before returning to the Seattle Center.

After we were back at the Seattle Center, we went to the SciFi Museum.  No pictures were allowed in the museum, but Joey assembled a collage of photos he found online that sum up our experience.  We saw tons of great stuff: model of the death star, R2D2, B-9, Gort, the phaser from Galaxy Quest, Cat’s costume from Red Dwarf, a Klingon Bat’leth, and so much more!  The first part of the museum was organized around SciFi literature, and authors.  It was really awesome to see descriptions of the books and what inovations those books and authors are responsible for. 2008.07.24.42

Joey was disturbed by my reaction to the death star display.  We walked up to a scale model of the death star – it was about as high as my shoulders – which was enclosed in a glass box.  Outside the box, but clearly connected to the Death Star was a big red button.  Joey said, “I wonder who would be willing to push a red button that is connected to a death star; that seems like a bad idea.”  Before he had even finished talking I reached out and pushed the button.  Happily, the button did not cause the Death Star to start shooting, but rather turned on an automated explanation of the model.  I suppose that is obvious since you are reading a post that I am writing after pushing the button!

Since the hotel staff had made such a good recommendation the previous evening, we took another of their suggestions and tried a place called Bahn Thai about a block from our hotel.  Fantastic!  It was a wonderful atmosphere, and delicious food.  We finished off the evening with a stop at McMenamins for dessert and a nightcap.

Seattle – 23 July 2008

2008.07.23.01 Joey’s cousin Marty invited us to his wedding on Orcas Island, Washington.  We really wanted to support Marty and Brittney by attending their wedding.  Since we had never been to Washington State, we decided to not only attend the wedding, but check out Seattle as well.

We woke up very early to catch our flight to Seattle.  Thanks to the fact that we were flying west, we still had most of a day when we landed.  We stopped and got coffee immediately – we were in Seattle, and we had been awake a very long time – what else could we do!

We got our rental car from Thrifty.  They have a program called ‘Wild Car’.  This means you pick the level of car you are willing to pay for, and then if they have something bigger or fancier in the lot when you pick the car up, you can have it at no additional cost.  I decided to sign up for the wild car option since both Joey and Nancy would ride in the car, and they both have long legs.  The wild car on the day we arrived was a Chrysler Town and Country – that is right, a mini van!  We refered to it as the WILD CAR for the entire trip.  It was quite comfortable.

Joey and I drove into Seattle and got settled into our hotel.  The first room had no internet connection, so they moved us to another room.  Although I did not realize it until a couple of days later, when we switched rooms, I left my knitting in a drawer in the first room.  Unfortunately, the knitting was never recovered!  The second room was wonderful.

We struck out on foot to see what we could find.  We very quickly found the Space Needle (kind of hard to miss), and the park surrounding it.  We wandered around and looked at everything.  We found a cute sculpture garden with aquatic animal sculptures.  Thanks to a tip from Sujata, we knew that there was a SciFi Museum in Seattle.  We found it as we were exploring, and made a mental note to return when it was open!

2008.07.23.24 After stretching our legs and getting oriented to the city, we were getting a bit hungry.  The person at the front desk of our hotel suggested a local pub called McMenamins.  We decided to check it out.  It was great!  The food was delicious – Joey had fish and chips, and I had a hot spinach salad.  The beer was even better, and it was brewed right there on site!  I tried a beer called ‘Ruby’; it was a Hefewiessen with raspberry.  The raspberry added lots of pink color, but not an overly sweet flavor.  Almost everyone in in the pub had one on their table, so apparently I picked a popular beer.  After dinner I tried a stout, which was really thick and chocolaty.  Yum – perfect dessert!

After checking out a stange plant that we saw on our way back to the hotel, we crashed!  We were pretty tired from the time change, and a day full of excitement.