Sunday, July 12, 2009

From sea to shining Seattle - Day 1

I know it's taken me a while to get this posted. Hopefully I can finish it up by the end of the weekend.

Last weekend, I made my first ever trip to Seattle to celebrate the 4th of July with my good friend Jon. I flew up late on Thursday night and Jon picked me up at the airport. We headed to his house and settled in for the night after a brief attempt to stop the zombie apocalypse

In the morning, we got up and headed down to the nearby Madison Beach on the shore of Lake Washington. After a brief stroll around the area and some breakfast quiche, we headed back to Jon's to meet up with some other friends of his.

Madison Beach - Lake Washington
Madison Beach

From there we headed to downtown Seattle, where we first checked out the public library, then headed to the famous public market where people throw fish, and sell flowers at low-low prices.

Public Market Center
Public Market

Fish throwers

Pike Market flowers

After that, we walked along the waterfront, and back to the car. We then drove to Kerry Park which has a spectacular overlook of downtown.

From Kerry Park
From Kerry Park

Downtown Semi-panoramic
Wider view

From there, we grabbed another friend, this time a girl, and piled back into the car for more fun. After a few failed lunch options (surprising how many places were closed this weekend) we ended up at a pretty good Thai place. We ate, then checked out CDs at Easy Street records. Not sure when was the last time I was in a music store, but I managed to pick up a 99 cent Chris Brown CD that was in good shape.

From there we headed to Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and some other stuff. Notably, the Experience Music Project aka EMP aka Rock n' Roll museum. There we got to record our own music video, and jam with real instruments in the Sound Lab. Connected to the EMP is a Science Fiction museum that had a special muppets exhibit going on. Three of us grabbed a muppet and did a brief rendition of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem's classic "Can You Picture That?"

Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out

Can You Picture That?

Muppet Show at the Sci-Fi Museum
Behind the Scenes

After leaving the museum, we wandered down to a big public fountain there and also saw Green Day's tour buses, as they were playing at Key Arena that night.

Seattle Center Fountain
Seattle Center Fountain

Green Day Tour Bus
Green Day Tour Bus

For dinner, we headed to a Moroccan restaurant called Marrakesh where we had a 4 or 5 course meal that was tasty and interesting.

Dinner at Marrakesh
Jon feeling the vibe at Marrakesh

After dinner we headed out to west Seattle to check out Alki beach, and the view of downtown from across a bit of the Puget Sound.

Statue of Liberty replica at Alki Beach
We managed to find this mini-Statue of Liberty at Alki Beach

Alki Beach

Taking pictures of downtown from West Seattle
Checking out downtown at night

To cap off the night, Jon and I cruised over to Fremont to see the Fremont troll that lives under the bridge. It also happened to be same night as an attempt to break the record for largest zombie gathering (who keeps these records?), and we happened to run across a couple drunk girls dressed as zombies who agreed to take our photo.

Fremont Troll
Taken by our zombie photographer

Fremont Troll
My take on the troll

Up next: 4th of July in Seattle

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