When the volcano erupted in 1980, the top pretty much blew right off on the northwest/west side. We watched a video about it in the visitors' center, so ask me anything.
Day 2 - Heavy Seattle touristy day. We of course went to the top of the Space Needle, visited Pike Place Market, and perused the shelves at Elliott Bay Book Company for a bit. We wanted to do a tour of Safeco Field where the Mariners play, but there was something going on in the stadium. At first we thought it might be a U2 concert, because we heard a U2 jam and people SCREAMING, and I got pretty excited. I've always wanted to see U2 in concert, so what were the odds??? I was all set to go grab tickets from a scalper and help myself to a lucky concert. However, when we realized that it was 3:00 in the afternoon, it wasn't really adding up. Come to find out Microsoft was having a convention. Pretty lucky employees, I'd say. I don't recall ever screaming with delight at one of my work conferences.
This plaster couple enjoyed the mussels a whole lot more than we did.
Artsy-fartsy stuff in the Olympic Sculpture Park (a Bill Gates' creation). We went because it was free and on the way to the Space Needle, but I wouldn't go again.
Obligatory shot of the Space Needle. Did you know that the Space Needle stands at 615 feet, which is almost identical in height to the Arch? Did you also know that the Arch was a monument for Thomas Jefferson? (Which made more sense to me as we moved along Lewis and Clark's route...) I think the theme of this vacation might be "Touring and Learning".
There was a string attached to this nasty fish, and when people would approach it a guy behind the counter would make it flop.
Views from the ferry
The View Top Inn near Corbett. We lunched there and found some Purdue friends who were exactly our age and who grew up in Columbia City. Our waiter there was a native of Elkhart.
Cathedral Ridge Winery in Hood River
Westies on Parade
On our way out of town we stopped by Widmer Brothers brewery for a pre-noon beer and a tour. Hey, it was vacation and we were on Pacific time!
Kettle corn at the stadium??? Yes, please!
Touchdown! One more would have been perfect.
Phil Knight on the sidelines in the latest Nike prototype
Phew, that's enough blogging for me. I'm missing great football...not! All that's on TV here is the Bears/Steelers game. Not exactly an offensive explosion, but I would appreciate a few interceptions and sacks from the Steelers' defense since they're on my fantasy team.
Stay tuned for part deux later this week!