Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vacation - Part 1

We went on vacation in April to visit our oldest son and his family.  I have to say that this was the best vacation we've had in a while.  Heck, it's the first real vacation we've had in a couple of years.

Our son lives in Fort Lewis, WA.  Yes, he's serving our country in the Army.  Just like his father and both of his grandfathers did.  We are so proud of him!

Anyway, we spent the first half of the vacation in Seattle and the last half at Fort Lewis.  The kids joined us in Seattle.  It was good to be back in my old stomping grounds again.  I lived in Seattle when I was in elementary school.  I would have liked to go to the old neighborhood, but when you have limited time you only really hit the high points.  And there are a lot of high points in the downtown area!

Alaskan Way Viaduct (State Route 99)

Seattle Museum of Art (we didn't go into the museum, but I thought the statue was cool.  It moves.)

Pike Place Market

Sunset on Elliott Bay

One view from the Space Needle
I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of the Needle itself!

Glass Exhibit being put together at the Seattle Center (next to the Space Needle)
Exhibit was still being constructed while we were there so I had to take this picture through the fencing.

The highlight of our time in Seattle was the baseball game on Saturday, April 21st.  For those of you who are baseball fans, you know that the 21st perfect game was pitched that day.  And we were there!

 My son and his youngest


Just a couple more pictures from the Seattle leg of our vacation...
These are glass tiles in the sidewalks in the downtown/Pioneer Square area.   The hubster and I took the underground tour and found out that these tiles aren't there for decoration.  They are...

skylights!  The original city was built below the current street level.  When they started building up the city they kept the original businesses and such where they were and built what became the tunnels.  
These were all taken at the Seattle Aquarium, which we visited before we went to the ball game.

Baby salmon viewed from below.

My granddaughters

I even went for a run with my son while we were in Seattle.  He runs faster than I do, but he matched his pace to mine.  It was a good time!
 Interesting building
City Hall steps...we ran up these
City Hall is almost at the top of the hill; about a block from I-5.  When you turn around and look down the hill, this is what you see...
This is really steep!  It's kind of hard to tell from the picture, though.  But Josh and I ran up the hill (well, ran AND walked), and then ran back down it.

That's all for this pictoral blog.  Part Two to follow...

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