Day 17 and Day 18: 12/7/2021 - 12/8/2021
After an exciting day filled with nature, we took the next two days to explore the capital of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle! We took the Tuesday morning bus to the Bainbridge Ferry which took us across the Puget Sound directly to downtown Seattle. Again, the fog was ridiculous. Note-to-self and others, if traveling to Seattle, try to visit outside the extremely wet season and when it isn’t cold. For some people, like Christina, they love the cold, rainy, and foggy weather of Seattle. For others, like Adam, they’re suckers for sunlight and dry ground. So the weather put a little damper on the experience of Seattle and the surrounding area.
Anywho, we made it to the city and for the next 36 hours we traveled by foot. Since we were visiting the city for a short period of time, we got Seattle City Passes to help guide us through many sites in that time. This included two trips up the Space Needle, admission into the aquarium, and admission into three of the following: Chihuly Glass Gardens, Museum of Pop Culture, zoo, or a harbor tour.
On day one, we meandered through the aquarium viewing the marine life from the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean. The most interesting creature was certainly the Giant Pacific Octopus. Next, we strolled up the hill into the city in search of the iconic Pikes Place Market. En route, we found the Gum Wall. Literally, an alley with walls lined with gum. Cool? Interesting? Ew? You decide! A little further over was the public market. This was a neat cultural experience of the way Seattle shops distribute goods to locals. After taking in the sites and sounds of the market, we made our way to Belltown Inn for early check-in. We got off our feet for a bit and then began the walk to the Space Needle. A 500 ft ride up the elevator took us to the open-air observation deck. For a tower named the Space Needle, 605 feet doesn’t seem tall enough, but this height still offered fantastic views of the city below. One perk is that this tower offers several different observation styles. One level with an indoor and outdoor deck, then just below is a 360 degree rotating indoor-level. We were glad to be able to get these views at both night and day. They are very different but amazing in their own ways! From the bright dazzling lights of night to clear skies and mountain ranges (on a clear day). We enjoyed these views until it was time for dinner, which was a stop at Umi Sake House for fresh sushi(one of our favorites).
The next day we were able to visit the Space Needle for day views, Chihuly Glass Gardens, and finished off with a Harbor Tour. When people think of Seattle, I’m sure most do not think of the Chihuly Glass Gardens. We sure hadn’t! But boy-oh-boy was this the most impressive stop of our stay in the city. This museum is a display of Dale Chihuly’s magnificent blown glass exhibits. These exhibits were filled with extraordinary artwork resembling many different aspects of life. Of all things we saw in the city, this was the most profound. We even got to witness a student of Chihuly’s perform blown art.
After being “blown” away by art exhibits by Chihuly, we had time to make it over to the harbor for a tour. Remember how we mentioned that this whole week was filled with fog and drizzly rain? Well, this afternoon was full of sunlight! Which was great because an hour-long tour on an open boat deck by Argosy Cruises took us along the shorefront. Our tour guide explained multiple different buildings within the Seattle skyline and then we looped further out into the Puget Sound for a great view of the whole skyline. We curved back towards the harbor where loading cranes towered over massive container-ships. One ship was being tugged out and sent on its way! This pretty much finished our visit to Seattle as we got back to the dock and got ready to board the ferry back to Bainbridge.