Monday, September 21, 2009

Downtown Seattle

We started off the day at the Seattle Center and going to the top of the Space Needle. Great views of the city and Mt. Ranier! From there, we took the monorail to downtown and went to the Pike Place Mall. Our first stop there was at the Pike Place Fish Market that is famous for the employees throwing the fish around that are purchased by the customers. Fascinating! They did it over and over and never saw them drop a fish. We then had lunch at the Pike Place Chowder restaurant. Many different kinds of chowder and the ones I tasted were delicious. Since we were all tired, we decided to take a bus trip around Seattle to experience the "flavor" of the area. On our way to the bus stop, we met a lady wearing a Marshall University t-shirt and chatted with her for a few moments. Once on the bus, the driver began talking with us and we found out that his family was from the Raleigh area and he enjoyed going back to NC for NASCAR races. Small world? After the ride, we walked through the Pioneer Square area of Seattle to see some of the old architecture from the 1800s. Many beautiful structures!

As we were going back to our car, we noticed lots of people gathering around the Key Arena and found out that Pearl Jam was performing that night. Wow! What a concert that must have been!

Before heading home, we drove to the Queen Anne section of Seattle to see the city from Kerry Park. That's the area overlooking town with very extravagant older homes (some mansions) and they were simply awe striking.

We stopped in a small local restaurant called the 125th Street Grill and enjoyed dinner, drinks, and Mud Pie while watching the Dolphins lose a heartbreaker to the Colts. Because of the Pacific Time Zone, the game was over at 8:30, so we headed back to the motel to call it a night.

See you tomorrow after we tour the Boeing plant!

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