I have never been to Seattle so when Aaron had to come out for work I jumped at the chance to join him for the weekend. Today we got to do some sightseeing.
The Space Needle is an observation tower that was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair. It's 605 feet tall and has 25 lightning rods.
There are cool intereactive things to do at the top of the Needle, like posting where you traveled from.
After the Space Needle we headed over to Pike Place Market. Started in 1907, it's one of the oldest farmers markets in the US.
We watched fish being tossed.
Looked around at the shops.
There were some funky shops and quirky spots like a shoe show. I didn't need to see giant shoes. I see those in our own house every day.
In Pike Place you can find the first original Starbucks. There is long line, but something I had to visit.
Also in Pike Place is Post Alley, home of the Gum Wall.
The alley under the market has a theater box office. As people would wait they would stick blobs of chewed gum to the wall. Some parts of the wall were several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet the length of the wall.
Just last month, it was determined that the sugar in the gum was eroding the bricks and it needed to be cleaned off. From November 10 to 13 workers scrubbed down the wall and steam cleaned it. Over 2,350 pounds of gum was removed but folks are already starting to add it back again.
We had a hand in that.
It really grossed me out.
It rained while we were in Seattle but that is okay. It felt like we were getting the original Seattle experience. PS - I didn't realized how hilly it was there.
I also didn't realize what huge football fans folks in Seattle are. Fridays are "Blue Friday" where everyone wears their Seahawks gear to work. At one of the shops, instead of saying "Have a nice day", the shop keeper said "Go Seahawks!"
It was a short trip, but we will be back!