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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday, June 15th

Today we got up ate some breakfast, took Nash for a walk and then headed out for the bus in to Seattle.  We could have picked up one bus close to the campground and taken that to the other bus in to Seattle, but we decided to walk to the main bus.  It was about a mile walk so it wasn't to bad. It started to rain right before we got to the bus stop and really started coming down while we were waiting for the bus. Luckily we had our raincoats and the bus came pretty quickly. We got on the bus with no problems and got in to downtown pretty quickly.

We hopped off the bus at 4th and Columbia and walked about a block to the Seattle Central Public Library. The library was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Jared really wanted to check out the building. We walked around the whole library and it was pretty neat. Jared did a project in school about it so it was cool for him to see it in person and to be able to walk through and experience all the different spaces.

When we finished up in the library we headed to Pike Place Market. We decided this was a mixture between the Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market.  We stood and watched a stand selling fish for a little bit. They would throw the fish from one side to the other and whenever anyone ordered something the one guy would yell it out and then they would all repeat it a couple of times. It was fun to watch. Then we just walked through for a while. Shannon's friend Erin lives out here and she suggested some stuff we should do/see. She said that we have to eat at Piroshky Piroshky, which is a Russian Bakery. We stopped by to check it out, but we weren't hungry so we didn't get anything to eat. The food did look delicious though. Basically they make all sorts of different stuffed pies and they all looked so good.  Right next to Piroshky Piroshky is the original Starbucks. I took a picture and there was a really good bluegrass band playing out front too.

From the Pike Place Market we walked over to Seattle Center.  This is where the Space Needle is located along with some museums. We decided not to go up in the Space Needle, but I got some pictures of it. Erin had suggested that we check out the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum which is also located here.  We spent the rest of the afternoon here and really enjoyed it. There were some really cool exhibits. We especially liked the ones on Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, the Guitar Gallery, Avatar: The Exhibition, and the Sound Lab. In the Avatar exhibit we were able to act in a cgi scene, where our movements were portrayed by the Na'vi (the big blue creatures) on the screen.  They are supposed to be emailing us the clips, but we haven't gotten them yet. In the sound lab Jared was able to play the keyboard with some different songs. They had drums and guitars set up for that too. We definitely had a good time checking it out.

When we finished up we walked back to where we could get on the bus to head home. It was kind of weird on the bus ride home because when we got on the bus we were in the free zone (you can get on and off in the free zone without paying), but we were traveling out of the free zone to our campground. The guy wouldn't let us pay when we got on though so we weren't sure how it would work for us to pay. It turns out that one you are outside of the free zone you pay when you get off. We watched other people doing it so we didn't look like fools and all went well when we got off.

We are working on cooking dinner now (meatloaf, green beans, and baked potatoes) and then we are going to watch a movie we picked up from Redbox (True Grit).

Thursday, June 16th

We took it easy today and didn't head out until after lunch. We drove to Discovery Park in the RV since we would have had to take a bunch of different buses to get there from the campground. We were able to park in the small parking lot and then headed out on a hike. We decided that we wanted to hike out to see the lighthouse, which made us combine some trails. We were able to take Nash with us and it was a good hike out to the lighthouse. We got a really pretty view of Puget Sound. Instead of following the trail back to the car we decided to follow the road that runs through the center of the park. We figured that way we could see some different stuff. It was a more strenuous hike back since we had to go downhill to get to the beach and the lighthouse. We ended up with a nice little work out.

After finishing up at the park we drove to the Fremont area so that we could go check out the Fremont Troll. The Fremont Troll is a statue that is under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont Area. It was huge and pretty cool to see. It is in our Roadside Attractions book. After taking some pictures of the troll we walked around the Fremont area checking it out. It was a cool little area with lots of shops and restaurants. By the time we finished up in Fremont we decided to head back to the campground just in time for rush hour traffic. When we got back we walked to Albertson's to get some oil for our fondue dinner. We had a nice little set up outside the RV and dinner was delicious. We did a cheese fondue, oil to cook our venison and then we had a chocolate fondue later inside the RV. We were stuffed after wards.

Friday, June 17th

We hung out in the RV for a while today before heading in to Seattle. We are going to the Phillies game tonight and knew we would be out late so we wanted to wait a while so Nash wasn't stuck in the RV for longer than he can hold it. We did some laundry and Jared worked on the pegs for the cribbage board.

We caught the bus in to Seattle again.  We decided to bring a backpack with some beers so we could tailgate before the game. When we got in to the city we headed to China Town to check out some store Jared wanted to see (Uwajimaya, which was like a mall with all sorts of different stuff in it) and we found a bottle opener magnet so that worked out well. After finishing up there we walked through some of Pioneer Square to get to the stadium. Jared had a nice chat with some guy who tried to get money for the train. He just kept walking and chatting with Jared as we went. Finally he asked for the money and Jared told him he didn't carry cash with him. I thought he was never going to leave us alone. We finally got away and started looking for a place or people to tailgate with. We couldn't find anyone drinking beers anywhere besides in bars. We asked a guy at the stadium when we picked up our tickets and he was clueless as to what tailgating even was. We ended up having a shady beer in the parking garage and then headed to a bar that had an outside area fenced off. We got in line for beers and ended up talking to a guy in line. He said that tailgating is outlawed in Seattle. We instantly decided that Seattle sucks. HAHA We found a way around our dilemma though. We finished our beers that we purchased and then filled up our cups with our own beers from then on. There were quite a bit of Phillies fans in the bar. 

We headed in to the stadium right before the game started and got to our seats as the game was starting. We had pretty good seats in left field right behind Ibanez. There weren't to many Phillies fans in our sections but you could see the red around. We had a good time and the stadium is nice.  I got some garlic fries which were delicious and we only got two beers on the inside since the domestic beers cost $8.75.  It was pretty exciting when Victorino hit his home run because a guy two rows in front of us and like five seats over caught it. He was a Mariners fan and all the other fans around him wanted him to throw it back. He didn't though and I got a picture of him holding it. We lost though so that stinks. Hopefully they win the rest of the series since we aren't going to be there. We might be bad luck since they lost the two games that we went to in Phoenix too. Hopefully that isn't the case because we are trying to see them in Chicago too.

After the game we just missed the bus so we headed in to a bar right across the street from the bus stop to wait the hour before the next bus. We were able to get two PBR drafts for $6 total so that was much better than in the stadium. We each had one beer and then it was time to head out to wait for the bus. While at the bus stop we ran in to the guy that I sat next to on the way in for the game. He was nice and Jared chatted with him for a while about our travels.

Saturday, June 18th

On our way out of Bellevue we decided to stop at Top Pot Donuts on our friend Greg's suggestion. They have them in Seattle, but there was one out in Bellevue and pretty much on our way out. I went in and picked out 4 different donuts. We got an apple fritter, a chocolate sugar cone, a chocolate one with sprinkles, and one with raspberry jelly. I ate the apple fritter today and Jared ate the chocolate one with sprinkles. They were both good and we are saving the other two for tomorrow.
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