Seattle Day II

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
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Trip End Aug 07, 2009


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Seattle Day II

We are lazy. Yep, in the summer…road trip or not, we are lazy. Case and point: we slept until 10:45 this morning!

Once we finally mustered the strength to get out of bed we decided to go to the Seattle Center uptown. This is the place that has a small amusement park, shops, a convention center, museums, and of course the iconic Space Needle. Did we go up the Space Needle? Of course not, we're too cheap. But we took some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Now the coolest part is getting to the Space Needle, for you see Seattle has the countries’ only full sized Monorail, and it claims to be the fastest monorail as well in the world (it hit about 48mph when we were on it). The monorail was built for a huge World Exhibition in 1962 (they also built the Space Needle at this time). It’s only about a mile long, and has two stations. The ride lasts about a minute and a half, but it’s pretty cool.

We took this monorail right to the Seattle Center to check out a museum dedicated to music. Now, when we got there we realized it’s actually only 1 part of a 3 part museum. The other two parts consisted of The Science Fiction Museum and a huge exhibit dedicated to Jim Henson. The best part was the Jim Henson museum which featured his original works and drawings, puppets, etc. The Science Fiction museum was also neat and had the original props and miniatures used in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek, Alien, etc. The Experience the Music Project Museum was also a nice stop, but was a bit disorganized and crowded. There was no real goal as to what the museum wanted you to achieve. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.

Funny side note: The main hall of the Seattle Center had a whole setup for 'Celebrate Bastille Day.’ They are quite the francophones here!

We took the monorail back to Seattle Downtown and walked around, revisiting some antique shops (I bought about 15 swing/jazz records for 8 dollars!) and along the waterfront. Given that we woke up so late this is just about the end of our day.

We’ll probably go out for more coffee later. Tomorrow we are leaving early to visit the Museum of Flight which is about 20 minutes south of Seattle on our way to Portland, Oregon. I am incredibly excited (not that I have any ties to aviation, going to this museum is pure coincidence).

Talk to you all later!
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