Vacation 2008 – Seattle

March 29, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Posted in Travel | Leave a comment

Well, this is a bit late. But…

We started and ended our vacation in Seattle visiting Christopher and Nell. Day 1 was a trip to Snoqualmie Pass. This is a very nice area with high peaks and great views. We attempted to hike to Snow Lake. The trail crossed a snow field that we decided might not be safe, so we turned around. As we returned, a rescue party passed us headed up the trail to find a hiker with fractures of his hand and leg.

We spent time in Seattle and took the ferry to Bainbridge Is. The Underground Tour was entertaining and interesting. The quick version is that after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city decided to rebuild first and raise the level of the streets later. Raising the level of the streets was desired because the city had been built just above sea level. The City filled in the streets by putting up walls on the street side of the sidewalks. Once the streets were filled in a sidewalk was put between these walls and the front of the buildings. The result is that buildings have tunnels running around them under the modern day sidewalks.

A Tunnel On the Underground Seattle Tour

A Tunnel On the Underground Seattle Tour

For light, the sidewalk had glass bricks installed.

These panels let light into the tunnels of old Seattle.

These panels let light into the tunnels of old Seattle.

Christopher took us to a Mariners game.

Nell and Christopher at the Mariners Game

Nell and Christopher at the Mariners Game

Lauren, Madeleine, Trish at Mariners Game

Lauren, Madeleine, and Trish (l-r) at Mariners Game

Christopher used to live in the Fremont area where there is a restaurant with a rocket ship attached, a statue of Lenin, and a troll under the north end of the Aurora bridge.

Madeleine and Lauren on the Fremont Troll

Madeleine and Lauren on the Fremont Troll

Of course, we went to the Pike Place Market.

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