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Days 248-254: Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle's cool!

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In Seattle I stayed in this awesome house south of the city. These four people lived there who were kinda hippie-ish. They had unlimited chocolate! They had a sweet seven deadly sins party. And there was all kinds of interesting food. And Dunkaroos!

I went to a cool glass gallery and the Gates Center. Well, these things are right next to the space needle. I've seen a lot of Chihuly's glasswork before, but I never knew anything about him. He's really good. The gallery is pricey at around 20 bucks, but it's definitely worth it. The Gates Center is free, so might as well check it out. It explains the problems that their grants address and why they're chosen, which is interesting. You can also just sit there and watch some TED Talk screenings.
Chihuly Glass and Garden: 10
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center: 8

Their library is awesome. It's not super-old or anything, but it's a big 11-story spiral full of stacks. Good selection of comics and everything.
Seattle Public Library: 8.5

I took a big ferry to one of the nearby islands. Just nice views of the city and Puget Sound. I would've liked to see more of the island, like this Japanese American Exclusion Monument. Apparently one of the biggest pre-WWII Japanese communities was on this island. There were a few hundred people; less than a third were issei, and some were even sansei. And they were all shipped to a camp in California. And it was documented by Ansel Adams. There was a cool local gallery and a nice crepe place.
Ferry: 9
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: 8.5
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum: 8

Seattle's market is awesome, especially if you like food. There was really every kind. Fresh produce and restaurants. I went by the first Starbucks. I bought a cube crystal of pyrite, and I checked out a pretty good comic shop.
Pike Place Market: 9

Awesome views up here in the Colombia Center, better than at the space needle. I think it's the 2nd tallest building on the west coast. You can see Puget Sound, the city, and all the mountains around it. Mount Rainier is crazy. It looks so big; it's over 14,000 feet.
Colombia Center Sky View Observatory: 8.5

I accidentally got off the bus at the university, BUT THAT'S OKAY. It's a nice campus. Very pretty and walkable. Nice trees and a little neo-gothic architecture. The library is okay. But it's right across the bridge from the arboretum. There's a nice visitors center with some info and interpreters. It's pretty big. The Wooden Boat Center was Mort that impressive, but it's free, and you can ride on some old boats early Sunday mornings for free.
University of Washington: 7.5
Washington Park Arboretum: 8
Center for Wooden Boats: 6.5

I went to this park that was kinda a long hike to the outskirts of the city. Not really a park so much as a lookout point. But there are some nice views. I went at night, and... It was kinda cool.
Kerry Park: 8

There are some water locks where some rivers meet the bay. I'm sure this would've been a lot cooler if there were fish migrating. But, it was pretty cool seeing boats go through the locks. Discovery Park had some cool views of Puget Sound, but it was kinda hard to find my way out in the dark at night.
Hiram Chittenden Locks: 7
Discovery Park: 7

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Posted by ErnieLG 20:42 Archived in USA

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