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Friday, August 10, 2012

Saturday in Seattle


Last weekend we drove to Seattle to meet some friends (Brenda & Andrew and their son Jared) from BC that we hadn't seen in over 9 years and to hang out together for the weekend.

We left early and arrived at the hotel in Seatac by 10:30 am.  After getting our bearings we set out to the waterfront and Pike's Place. 

(Me, Jared, Brenda)

(Andrew, Jared, Brenda & me)

(Big ferris wheel on the waterfront)
The Blue Angels were in town and doing an afternoon show, which created some artwork in the sky.

(Fuzzy - is this a heart or a B?) 

(More artwork in the sky)

(Troubadour)

(Brenda and Troubadour goofing off for the camera)
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After an unremarkable dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory we decided to go the Seattle Center.  Unfortunately the Pacific Science Center and Experience Music Project (EMP) were already closed.  Brad and I were quite disappointed as there is an AC/DC exhibit at the EMP and we are both huge fans.  I think it is on the list for when we return in a few weeks for the Ace Cafe sponsored Meet at the Ace - A Summer Shakedown vintage motorcycle festival at the LeMay America's Car Museum in Tacoma.

So, we wandered and took in the sights and enjoyed the warm evening.  I don't think I'd ever seen the space needle in the daylight before.

(Space Needle in the early evening hours)

(Space Needle in the sunshine)

(Space needle as viewed through a kinetic sculpture)

(Self explanatory)

(Troubadour strikes a pose)

(Space needle reflected in the EMP building)
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We found an interesting squid sculpture called Parking Squid, by artist Susan Robb that was a cool bicycle rack.  It is a temporary sculpture on display until it finds it's forever home in the city's right-of-way.

(Parking Squid)

(Troubadour couldn't resist)
As the sun set we watched the kids play in the International Fountain and listened to the music before heading back to the hotel to rest up for Sunday.

(Chilling to the music)
...... next up - Sunday in Seattle and we tour the USS Halsey.

(USS Halsey - active duty guided missile destroyer - US Navy)

- Au Revoir

" You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.  You have to go to them sometimes." - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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22 comments:

  1. Blue sky, blue sea - glorious!

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    1. We couldn't have asked for better weather.

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  2. I cannot believe how blue that sky is! Only ever seen Seattle on the movies and Frazier!

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    1. We may live close to Seattle but look at all the wonderful countries you can reach within a days drive/ferry, etc.

      I'll trade you Seattle for Scotland........

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  3. Very cool pictures! Looks like you had gorgeous weather. I love the shot of Brad striking a pose, but I hate that you said it that way because now Madonna's Vogue is stuck in my head! Squid surfing shot is funny. Brenda looks like a kid. That can't possibly be her son!

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    1. We lucked out with the great weather.

      Thanks for the ear worm, now I have that song in my head, lol.

      Brenda is just 4 years younger than I am. I hadn't seen her since she was in her 20's as she hasn't aged a bit. Hard to believe Jared just turned 12. Brenda put up a picture on facebook of Brad, Jared and I, and he is as tall as Brad and taller than I am. Going to be tall just like his dad Andrew.

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  4. Wow! I want to go there! Thanks for sharing...

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    1. Come on out, Bobskoot knows all the good places to go. He gave us all kinds of insider tips.

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  5. Trobairitz:

    Loved that Squid Surfing Troubadour photo. Are you sure you are allowed to climb onto that sculpture ? SEE, I told you he was Goofy !

    You must have left at 5am to get there that early. Hope you had a good visit with your friends

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. I am pretty sure climbing on the structure was okay. It is steel and made to connect 8 bikes to the racks. I am sure he wasn't the first one to go squid surfing.

      We were up at 5 am but we didn't get out of the house until almost 6:30. 4 hours - a new record, but that was only to Seatac not downtown Seattle.

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  6. Squid surfing, a new extreme sport! Wonderful pictures especially the sun on the Space Needle. Too bad the EMP was closed. I must admit that I enjoy visiting Seattle though I wouldn't enjoy it much on a bike...

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    1. Since it was a squid statue he couldn't resist - if only he had a helmet it would have made a funnier picture.

      I don't think I'd like to navigate it on a bike either - too much traffic.

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  7. Brad is on to something. Maybe squid surfing becomes a new olympic dicipline one day.

    Seattle is always worth a visit (especially though, when the weather plays along).

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    1. Hmmmm squid surfing you say? Think he could win gold?

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  8. Wait a sec. I think you are lying to us. That can't benseattle with the blue skies. That is all wrong! ;)

    The day looked gorgeous. And lots of fun. Thanks for the photos. I've only been through Seattle....long, long ago.

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    1. Oh wait, it always rains on the west coast. Or at least that is what we tell people so they don't move here, lol.

      This just happens to be during the two dry months of the year July/August and occasionally September.

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  9. Fun times!
    I love Seattle. Haven't been there since 2001 and that was just a quick trip passing through. So much to see and do. Nice to spend the time with old friends too!

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    1. Wow that was a while ago. It might have changed a little since then but the Space Needle is still there.

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  10. I'm with Sonja - I think Brad is onto something. Giant squid surfing for the next Olympic games. Great photos - beautiful blue skies. I forgot about Seattle and the Space Needle, dam, does that mean I might have to cross those mountains one more time!

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    1. You just might have to cross them again. A few more times and it will be easy peasy and you'll start to look forward to them.

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  11. Not much I can say that has not been said here! A beautiful day and great photos. And no doubt more great times ahead!

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    1. It was a beautiful day. Hopefully I'll get day two posted tomorrow. Nothing too exciting but more sunshine.

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