Day trip to Seattle

25Feb13

One of the many great things about Vashon Island is its close proximity to downtown Seattle. From the north end of the island you can board the King County Water Taxi pay $5 dollars (bikes are free) and in less than an hour you are dropped off on Pier 50 right downtown. Debi and I decided to take a little day trip over to the city to what was shaking. We wanted to see some Art, furniture galleries, a very cool map store and suck down some high octane coffee. Big ambitions for a big day.

Downtown Seattle approaching Pier 50 by ferry from Vashon Island

One of the first things we had to check out was the Market Theatre Gum Wall. An iconic yet extremely disturbing collection of used chewing gum. Plenty of germs here! We also walked (a couple of times) through Pike Place Market. Here you can find just about anything you are looking for especially if it is flowers or fish. It was a satisfying to stop for some num nums and some fruit.

Sticky business

The wall extends some 50′ along the alley

Walking up from Pike Place market we took a stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park. We love outdoor sculpture parks because they are usually free and open year round. Outdoor parks never look the same. The time of day, season and weather all twist to give you a different experience.

Alexander Calder’s Eagle in front of the Space Needle

Richard Serra’s Wake constructed out of 2″ thick steel plates

A couple of bicycle tourists on foot, reflecting

Roy McMakin’s Love and Loss

We found a nice little Nepalese restaurant called Kastoori Grill that filled our tummies with an all you can eat lunch buffet. Even with some time off from biking our appetites have not diminished.

View south from the Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle Police Dept taking a little break

Under the Space Needle

Debi stands with Grass Blades

Walking around Seattle we passed by the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. We didn’t go inside but caught a few sneaky peaks through the trees. The museum wasn’t in our budget or time frame that day so we will save it. We caught a lot of his work in St. Petersburgh, FL earlier in the year so we felt content skipping on the admission and entrance.

Dale Chihuly piece sticking up among the local trees

Another Chihuly piece from outside the museum

Seattle bustles. Boats, Planes automobiles, bikes pedestrians all seemed to fit. It allowed us to get some good coffee and roam around the city checking out art, people and all things grand and free. We always say you can’t see it all in a day (or a lifetime) but there is plenty around to keep one busy. Looking forward to coming back over and seeing a little more.

Stay tuned.

Bryan and Debi

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