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.
The Seattle train station is beautiful.
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.
I couldn’t get the whole totem/story pole in the picture. Puget Sound is in the background.
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 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.