Seattle Has A Heart: Eclipse Trip Day 7
Apologies for some of the pictures, for some reason the site isn’t saving my edits.
Left early to drive straight into Seattle’s traffic. The city streets are a bit confusing but we found a good place to park and headed to our first couple of destinations, the Space Needle and the Chihuly Gardens & Glass House. Although the ticket prices were out of my budget range, I made the exception. We got a good deal on ticket prices since we got there early. We went up the needle first. There were these neat exhibits on the walls up the ramp to the tower elevator and up at the top of the needle. It was abit overcast the morning but the views were still pretty awesome. We got to see the city and and the bay and the mountains in the distance. It was a quick, short, and sweet literal overview of Seattle that I enjoyed.
When we went back down I poked around the gift shop while Toru went to take care of something at the car. I picked up another cool postcard. Once he got back we went through the Chihuly exhibit which was cooler than I thought it was going to be, and I had pretty high expectations. It was so worth it. So many magical colors and forms, Chihuly is a true master of glass forming. And the gardens are very interesting. After this we decided to walk to our lunch destination, Beecher’s Cheese near Pike Place Market.
While walking along the city streets I noticed some kind of monorail or L track, and the architecture seems art deco inspired, which I found really interesting. Once we reached the market area it was still before noon but the place was pretty busy. I got a turkey sandwich and a cup of tomato soup and bought some of their smoked flagship cheese. I knew reading up on reviews of the place that their food and cheese was good, but my goodness. Honestly, I can see why some people say it’s some of the best cheese in the world. And that soup was some of the best I had ever had in my life. I knew I was going to have to recreate it somehow.
Apparently we didn’t learn our lesson in Portland with all that walking. So we had to trek all the way back to the car so we could pay the parking meter before our time was up. We got a little turned around on the way back so it took extra long to walk back. Either way we enjoyed our food and decided to drive nearer towards our next stop, which was Have A Heart in Belltown. Seattle is quite liberal with their laws on marijuana, or other such products, which is what this establishment specialized in selling. Once there it was like being a kid in a candy store with so many options to choose from. Personally, I prefer edibles, so I got chocolates, gummies, and some sleepy tea. We then went to put our haul in the car and took a walk near the bay and back towards Pike Place Market. The place is really like a sprawling multi level maze of shops and businesses selling everything from food to trinkets, with local patrons and tourists alike.
After that we had to leave in the late afternoon to stay on schedule. Also, Carpool lanes are awesome and I wish Chicagoland had them. We drove through this epically gorgeous lake in practically the middle of Nowhere. Moses Lake, I believe its called, is stunning. As you can see from the pictures, I needed to pull over to get some good shots.
Since I was concerned with making good time on our drive I was going abit fast, 80-85 mph-ish, while driving down the “passing” lane. I believe the speed limit was 70 or 75. Anyway, I was coming up over a hill and didn’t really slowed down because I knew there wasn’t anyone in front of me and I planned to coast down back to 80. As I came over the hill, there ofcourse was a cop sitting there and I knew that they saw me. So sure enough, I was pulled over and got a speeding ticket for going 10 over. Thanks Ritzville police for doing your job (and I really do mean that in a sincere way though). I suppose my speed demon nature finally caught up with me. I was a bit more speed conscious after that.
We reached Spokane and took a break at Froyo Earth. They have the best Hazelnut Gelato froyo I’ve ever had, I was almost sad to put anything else in it for fear of ruining the taste. Anyway after that Toru drove us into the night. We couldn’t really find a motel and since I was falling asleep and didn’t want to have Toru driving in the darkness “alone” we pulled into a rest stop for the night. It was at this time that I realized I had left one of my pillows at the motel in Tacoma. :(. I was really disappointed (technically the pillow was my mom’s that I borrowed, which doubled the sad feeling) and exhausted and so I fell asleep quickly, but I honestly didn’t sleep too well.
I really liked Seattle. It’s like an easy going Chicago or something. It has a really chill vibe. Didn’t get a chance to try the coffee though. I really wish we could have checked out Mount Rainier too, or even a tour of the bay. I guess that’s on my list for the next visit. :D. Or maybe I’ll just move there one day.
Oh and if you’re interested, I did end up recreating that tomato bisque soup from a recipe I downloaded as a document HERE. I prefer using fresh tomatoes so if you decide to as well I suggest you roast the skins off the tomatoes as it adds an extra smokey flavor. Canned tomatoes is fine but it really just isn’t the same. If you’re following the recipe linked above I also suggest using veggie or chicken broth instead of water or go half broth half water.
Next Time . . .
Bozeman Montana and Yellowstone part 2. See the days leading up to this point HERE.