Saturday, September 8, 2012

Seattle, Part Two

I'm still recapping my family's recent trip to Seattle. If you missed the first post, it can be found here.

Loved this mural? paiting?  It was on the side of a building. This was taken out of a car, so it's not the best, but you get the idea. I love both of their expressions.


On Wednesday, we went to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known as the Ballard locks. Here's their link. Basically, it's where the fresh lake waters of Lake Washington and Lake Union meet up with the salt water of the Puget Sound.

The Sound is lower than the lake, so boats have to be raised or lowered, depending on which way they are going. There are also salmon ladders there to assist the salmon in their migration. The salmon attract sea lions, and we saw one on both sides of the locks. They were hard to photograph, the little stinkers didn't want to stay still, but I got this one picture of one.


Here's mom and Bailey. To their right you can see the locks where the boats are raised or lowered.


We went underground to see the salmon going up the ladders (basically a raised area to help them go up into the lake water). They have viewing windows where you can watch them swim. This guy was going the wrong way, but they would swim back and forth and eventually go the right way.

I like how the girl seems to be having a conversation with the salmon.  "Other way, dude!"  Or maybe, "hmmm, your so tasty!"


Here's the original building on site at the locks.


The grounds surrounding the locks are quite beautiful and they have tons of flowers, which I love.



Here's another example of the flowers that I have fallen in love with. After I posted my last blog entry, a couple of people told my mom what these flowers were called. She knew what they were as well, but I typically post very late at night and I didn't call to ask her what they were prior to me posting.  However, I now know what these flowers are.

So, here's another picture of the fuschia flower. Isn't it beautiful?


And try to find the spider in this picture.


Sorry, I don't like spiders, but I was testing myself to see if I could take a picture of one. 


Wednesday night we had the best dinner of fresh grilled salmon at Ruth and Robert's house. They have such a lovely house and yard. Their backyard is so lush and green, and we picked blackberries right off the vine - YUM!

Our daily routine was that we'd get up and walk over to the Starbucks for breakfast. Our hotel was connected to several different mall areas via second floor walkways. This Dale Chihuly piece greated us each day.  I love glass, so I really enjoyed seeing it each day.


I don't have any pictures from Thursday.

Why, you ask?

Well, because we had toured so much we were just exhausted. We found a spa across the street from our hotel and we spent the day there.


On Friday, our last day in Seattle, we did a Duck Tour. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but it was so much fun. I think a big part of it was that we had a fantastic driver who was so funny. Here's Bailey, Mom and me before we take off. (Don't we look refreshed and relaxed?  That's the spa, ya'll!)

Oh, and please notice Bailey's shirt.  Rominal had gotten it for her from Microsoft.  She loves it.


Side note, have you seen the Discovery Channel show, Deadliest Catch? It's about Alaskan crab fishermen and the struggles they endure to get crabs.  Ha!  Let's change that last sentence to say, "the struggles they endure to catch crabs. 

Anyway, Bailey and I were super excited to see the boat, the Wizard from the show. Apparently it was there getting some repairs done.   It was much smaller than I expected.


So, at this point in the tour, our tour bus becomes a tour boat. I'm not kidding here, it's a little scary at first.

Turns out the thing can float. Whew!


Remember the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle?" Well, here's the house boat from that movie. It's the one on the left closest to the boats.


It was a beautiful day and there was a class of people learning to kayak out on the water.

(Ok, truth here.  I wanted to say, "a class of kayakers" but spell check didn't recognize kayakers and I don't trust myself enough to just go with it so I just changed my wording to say a "people learning to kayak."  I frequently do that.  I'm a terible really bad speller.)


After the duck tour, we took the monorail to the closest bus station. The monorail was built for the World's fair in 1962. It actually doesn't go very far, but it was good to say that we rode it.


Saturday morning we got up really early for our pickup at 6:30am to head back to Dallas. It was a fantastic trip.

We loved Seattle. DSC_0124

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