Visiting Seattle (Part 1)
Yep, you read the title right: “Sunny Seattle“. Sound like an oxymoron? It’s true, almost every day we spent here over the past 2.5 weeks has been beautifully sunny. It’s not always so. We lived here in 1997/1998 and experienced the daily drizzle until we could not take it anymore — that’s why we moved to Colorado.
But we vowed we would come back to Seattle in the summer and experience what the locals refer to as their “8 weeks of bliss”. And bliss it was. This town has so much to offer and so many things to do. In fact, there is so much to do, I could not cover it all in one blog (without you going totally glassy-eyed). So I will break this blog into 3 parts, covering different fun things to do if you ever get up this way. I put them in order of enjoyment (most fun first).
If you would like to see a slide show of pictures from this visit, click here: http://www.webetripping.com/Gallery_USA_WA_Seattle.asp
Argosy Locks Cruise
This was a really fun boat tour. It starts out in Lake Union with tons of boats on the water enjoying the day. I love boating (we have a Searay 220 Select), so this was tailor-made for me.
It is really cool to see the planes land on Lake Union. You can catch tours on these to the San Juan islands.
The Amazing Race has filmed footage in Gas Works park in 2 different seasons (Amazing Race 3 and 10), you can see why. It is a great place to relax and sports spectacular views of the city skyline.
If you are a fan of “The Deadliest Catch“, you will recognize the ship below, the ship named Wizard. It spends its summers here too.
Once you leave Lake Union, you go through the Ballard Locks. It separates Lake Union from the Puget Sound. I will do a separate blog on the locks, but it was fun having the tour boat go into the lock, watch the water rise and then exit out into the sound.
As you exit the locks, you encounter draw bridges before getting out into the open Puget Sound, where you are rewarded with great views of the lighthouse and the Seattle skyline.
No tour of Seattle is complete without getting on the Duck! This is a really upbeat and fun tour that not only educates you on the area but also allows you to go from land to water all on the same tour. It takes you around town showing you the sites but ends up in Lake Union, giving you an up close encounter with the floating homes of Lake Union.
Snoqualmie Casino – Ziggy Marley Concert
This casino is east of Seattle, just outside of the famous Snoqualmie Falls. We stumbled on to the casino after visiting the falls and found that Ziggy Marley was performing there a few days later. Luckily, they still had a few seats left so we snapped them up. We decided to come a little early to avoid traffic and crowds and had time to waste. Lynn put $1 in the penny slots and won enough money from that $1 to pay for our Ziggy Marley tickets! We cashed out and enjoyed the show. The concert was amazing, it started out with Eric Burdon — the lead singer of War. He put on a really great show, I had forgotten how many songs I knew as he began his set. His voice was spot on, he has not lost a step.
Many of you know that I am a big fan of Ziggy and Bob Marley. Ziggy not only sang his popular hits, but also about 3 of Bob’s songs. And he did his Dad proud, his mix of the songs were fresh and sounded incredible. My favorite songs Ziggy played were “Justice”, “Tomorrow People”, “True to Myself”, and “Look Who’s Dancing”.
Museum of Flight
We spent about 4 or 5 hours in this museum and could have spent longer. It has planes from all stages of aviation and includes an exhibit from the space age, complete with rovers and other space vehicles. We also boarded the Presidential Plane, that is probably the only chance I will have to do that!
They also had a flight simulator that I was able to pilot. A guy from Chicago volunteered to be my gunman as I piloted the combat airplane to shoot down the enemy planes. It felt pretty realistic, I was able to make the plane do 360’s and 180’s — that was so much fun! The second picture below shows us upside down as I maneuvered a 360.
There is so much to do in Seattle, just browsing around town. We saw the fish mongers throwing around fish at Pike Market, visited the Gum Wall, spent time with Rachel the pig, saw Alki Beach, hiked Discovery Park to the lighthouse, hung out at the Sculpture Garden, and stopped by the Pacific Science Center. By the way, we saw Superman in iMax at the Pacific Science Center, great place to see a 3D movie.
Check out the slide show below. If you want to navigate the pictures manually, hover over the picture and click the forward or back buttons.
Chateau St. Michelle
If you’ve had Riesling wine at any restaurant, you have probably tasted the wines of Chateau St. Michelle. We decided to visit the winery and join a tour. The grounds are impressive, the tour was good and we were surprised to learn that they have concerts all summer long. The Steve Miller Band (no pun intended) was performing here the weekend we visited. If you get a chance to stop by this winery, it is definitely worth the trip.
Well, that covers 6 of the fun things we did during our trip. Over the coming weeks, I will continue detailing our time in Seattle with a total of 18 spots to see if you visit.