Don’t let these dreary skies fool you! An hour after this shot…it would be a glorious day!
Well, it was more like an hour and a half.
We have house guests this summer and whenever we have visitors, we all turn into Seattle tourists! And all good Seattle tourists go to our famous Pike Place Market to watch the fish throwers!
More Pike Place Market highlights…
Rows and rows of fresh produce line both sides of the aisle.
Saba for “guess who”?
Dungeness crab is the crustacean of choice here at the market!
Gotta have mouthwatering summer berries!
“Rachel the Pig” is an icon of the market. There’s a long line to get a photo with her so I had to time this shot between posers.
There’s a “fungus among us”.
Can’t forget the fabulous flowers!
Cherries. Cherries. Everywhere. I packed some beautiful blushing Rainier cherries in an in-flight bento for their trip back to home.
It cleared up just as we were leaving the market and look who popped his “snow cap” out to say, “hi”… Mt. Rainier!
The white arched building is Qwest Field where our Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders play. Behind that with the dark arches is our other sports facility, Safeco Field, home to the Seattle Mariners baseball club.
We had lunch at the Crab Pot where they displayed this 5 foot long, carved wood halibut OVERHEAD!
A pile of king crab legs! Our house guests enjoyed this feast. I skipped the this part of course and ate a huge mound of yummy french fries instead!
Out on the street I kept looking up because the sky was cloudless and so blue.
Sure, there were clouds sometimes. But gazing up at this site, I knew it was going to be a memorable day!
Another “Seattle Tourist must do” is ride the monorail which was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair as a demonstration for future travel! Yeah right. It never went further than it’s inagural 3 minute ride.
Now it’s just a fun way to travel the few blocks between the Westlake Mall at the center of downtown and the Seattle Center!
The Seattle Space Needle! The line was way too long to go up this day, which was a bummer because it was a perfectly clear day where we could see for miles.
This is the back of the “Experience Music Project”, our interactive music museum. The museum’s resemblence to a crushed electric guitar is a topic of hot debate.
It was Bastille Day at the center… or was it the Italian Festival?!
Caramel apples are appropriate no matter the celebration!
Then we went on a ride on Lake Union, but not your ordinary boat ride, we rode “The Duck” an amphibious vehicle that tours both the city and Lake Union. I wasn’t prepared when we passed yet another Seattle icon…but here’s part of our “Pink Elephant” car wash sign!
View of Lake Union from the Freemont bridge!
More of Mt. Rainier! The snow never melts atop it’s 14,411 foot elevation!
Now a shot of the city and the Space Needle from The Duck while on Lake Union.
The sailboats slipped past us in silence. That’s Gasworks park in the background!
Floating homes and houseboats! On days like this I wish I lived out here on the lake.
Here’s a snippet of our ride while the duck captain played an appropriate song to describe the day!
Later that evening we experienced this most spectacular sunset! A fitting finish to our whirlwind day in the city!