Seattle

We woke up at 4:00 am today (Tuesday) in Vancouver, left the apartment a little after 5:00 and walked three miles to the train station. Then we took Amtrak to Seattle. We’ll be here through Friday evening.

"We come into America...Today!" The train stopped at the US border for customs agents to board the train in order to inspect everyone's passports and collect the customs forms.

“We come into America…Today!”
The train stopped at the US border for customs agents to board the train in order to inspect everyone’s passports and collect the customs forms.


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The Seattle train station is beautiful.

The Seattle train station is beautiful.


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We ate lunch at Pike Place Market which was crazy crowded.

We ate lunch at Pike Place Market which was crazy crowded.


Laurel noticed that the state highway outline is Washington's head instead of the shape of the state as in Colorado and Ohio.

Laurel noticed that the state highway outline is Washington’s head instead of the shape of the state as in Colorado and Ohio.


I couldn't get the whole totem/story pole in the picture.  Puget Sound is in the background.

I couldn’t get the whole totem/story pole in the picture. Puget Sound is in the background.


The Space Needle

The Space Needle


The EMP Museum - Explore Music Project.  It's hard to get a photo of this place.  It's huge and crazy looking and one of the reasons we came.  Laurel is meeting another NaNoWriMo friend there Wednesday.  (The local train runs right next to it on the elevated tracks.)

The EMP Museum – Explore Music Project. It’s hard to get a photo of this place. It’s huge and crazy looking and one of the reasons we came. Laurel is meeting another NaNoWriMo friend there Wednesday. (The local train runs right next to it on the elevated tracks.)


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a couple blocks from our hotel, has a visitor center that we toured for an hour while waiting for our hotel room to be ready.  We walked two miles from the train station to the hotel in Seattle - five miles in all today - wearing heavy backpacks and were pretty tired.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a couple blocks from our hotel, has a visitor center that we toured for an hour while waiting for our hotel room to be ready. We walked two miles from the train station to the hotel in Seattle – five miles in all today – wearing heavy backpacks and were pretty tired.


I had told Mom about this trip last month when I planned it. She said she and Dad were here for a day years ago and liked it. I guess this is the first sightseeing the kids and I have done since Mom died, and I didn’t realize how much I plan the phone conversation with Mom in my head. “Seattle is so pretty, Mom. I think I like it even more than Vancouver.” Who’s going to listen to all our travel tales now? I guess that’s what the blog is for, but that’s pretty one-sided.

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6 thoughts on “Seattle

  1. We were in Seattle for a day ourselves once, while on our way to the San Juan Islands. I think we went to an aquarium (in Tacoma?), but were underwhelmed by it. I mostly remember the city as being very hilly!

    At the same time Jamie applied for the Douglas County job, he applied to Port Angeles. That was where we wanted to go, but the folks there seem to be pretty laid back. Jamie was already on the job in Castle Rock when the Port Angeleans called to say he was their #1 choice. A teacher friend in Greeley told us the same thing happened to her. Anyway: how different life would have been for us if we’d gone there…

    Don’t they have any public transportation that would get you from your hotel to the train station? Or, you could help the economy by paying a cabbie to get you there. 😀

    • The buses and trains don’t run early enough in Vancouver for us to have arrived at the train station by 6 am. I considered a taxi, but we’re low on funds. I was also afraid that if it didn’t show up, it would be too late for us to walk instead.
      I looked up Port Angeles on Google Maps. It looks like a beautiful location. Yes, the weather and culture are quite different here than Colorado!

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