Today at 930, we disembarked our floating home for the second time to see another city that I have never been to, Seattle. Barr spent 8 weeks in Seattle working at Foss last winter. After returning to the east coast, he always remarked that it would be the perfect city for me. Therefore, starting this adventure, I was just as excited to see Seattle as I was Honolulu. As we came into port I was awed by the Seattle skyline; it is by far the best one I’ve seen on the west coast.
Our first stop was Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Opened in 1907, it is one of the oldest continuously running public farmers’ markets in the United States. There is fresh fish and produce, specialty soaps and lotions, unique jams and jellies, organic hot apple cider, art work, and flavored honey sticks. We tasted samples at Beecher’s cheese store, where looking in the window you can actually watch workers making the cheese, and ate a spinach, ham and cheese pirozhki at Piroshky Piroshky, which always has a line out the door. We saw the gum wall, first Starbucks, and famous Pike Place pig, a giant piggy bank where visitors make donations.
It was a classic misty day in Seattle, which was great since I like rain and a cooler climate. We walked through downtown Seattle up to Capitol Hill. Along the way I noticed the well-used bike lane and spotted a group of six police officers cruising around on bikes. This city is fantastic! We met up with Sam Griswold (Class of 2014) and Doug (Class of 2013) in Capitol Hill, which is where they live. Both enthused us with their Seattle lives and jobs at Vigor and Glosten. We ate lunch with them at Pho Cyclo Cafe. It was a great time, especially since I haven’t seen either of them for over half a year.
After, we headed to the city center, where the Space Needle is located. Next to the Space Needle is the Chihuly glass museum. Dale Chihuly is a Tacoma, Washington native, who began experimenting with glassblowing in 1965. Today his work appears in permanent collections all over the world. His glass sculptures are breathtakingly beautiful. Using the monorail to get back in downtown Seattle, we wandered around a few stores before meeting up with Sam Granger and Randy (Class of 2014), Cody and Mike (Class of 2015), and Andrew (Class of 2016) for dinner. We ate some delicious tacos at Poquitos in Capitol Hill. It was great getting the chance to see them all.
We made our way back to the ship for a departure at 2300. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Seattle did not disappoint!