Sunday, April 04, 2010

Seattle World Tour

We took the kids to Seattle for Spring Break. We only live three hours from Seattle and that’s close enough that we haven’t really bothered to do much of the typical tourist stuff there. You know how it is, when you’re in your own town you never get around to seeing and doing the things people who visit do here. You’re too busy finding a remote location to bury the in-laws or that irritating neighbor. These things make you overlook the obvious and you get stuck in a rut staying at home and watching reality TV. Don’t you dare deny it either! The gnomes know…

So anyway, we stayed at a dog friendly hotel since we now have a miniature Schnauzer in the family. I thought there would be dogs everywhere there: serving breakfast, lugging up our suitcases, swimming in the pool, sniffing butts in the lobby. Apparently it just means they won’t throw you out in the street when they catch a dog in the hotel. Instead, they get to charge you an extra $10 and direct you out to a patch of grass in the back where the dogs can sniff all the prior dogs poo…

Being early spring in the NW, we planned everything indoors because, well, Seattle rains all the time. Our first night was just set for relaxation…hopefully just in the hotel pool. To our dismay, the pool wasn’t much wider than my SUV and they stuck it in this room that must have been ingeniously designed to increase noise from screaming kids a hundred fold. With about 20 kids in the ridiculous pool and another 8 parents in the mini hot tub, nobody felt like that kind of relaxation!

Saturday was Space Needle day. We toured the Music museum that has Jimmy Hendrix memorabilia and Nirvana memorabilia along with a bunch of other rock related stuff. My son is big into that world right now so he really wanted to see it. Of course, what that mean is to rush in, look at it, say “cool”, and then announce he was bored and wanted to leave. But as parents, we were trained from kids to remember to inflict the same amount of “you have to be here” punishment on them that we had inflicted up ourselves back then. It’s a parent to kid tradition that never goes out of style.

After that museum, we also went through the Science Fiction one. It consisted of Paul Allen’s sci fi memorabilia that he collected. I guess when you’re a geeky bazillionaire you can indeed buy the original captain’s chair from Star Trek…

Now the space needle is pretty cool. I have no idea why they call it that because I don’t remember studying needles in space when I was in school but it looked very Jetsons like. It was built for the World’s Fair back in 1962 and has a restaurant at the top that rotates. I know; motion sickness people think that’s ridiculous because they’ll be spewing after the first appetizer but in reality, it only spins a complete circle every 48 minutes. That’s not fast enough to get sick but it is fast enough for idiot tourists to leave their cameras on the ledge that doesn’t spin! Sure enough…we saw one going by that night.

There aren’t too many restaurants where you can get a $21 burger. It’s not that the burger is worth that much money because it has something awesome like bacon and Rice Krispy treats but instead it’s because they can charge that much. Where else are you going to go for a spinning restaurant 700 feet above the ground?

They had a window washing station just outside the windows that somebody could get into to clean the outer windows. We passed the station twice during our dinner. The first time my kids noticed the wording of caution at the station and didn’t understand it. “That’s a fancy way of saying…no fat people in the window cleaning station,” I replied. Hey, what can I say…it was a small device.

Of course, I suggested that they just hook up a sponge and squeegee and let the rotation automatically handle the cleaning. It actually took about a minute of silence before one of them figured out that the windows or the station weren’t moving, only the inside restaurant floor was. I love a delayed joke…

On Sunday we did a tour of Theo Chocolate. It’s a small organic chocolate factory in a trendy part of Seattle. It was a lot of fun and they had spectacular chocolate. There’s nothing like seeing pipes that are full of chocolate (not another brown substance)…

Food was pretty easy because we went to this Italian restaurant they suggested just down from the hotel when we got there the first night and the dishes were so large that they sustained two hungry teens for three more days and nights! Now that’s a lot of pasta…

28 comments:

Subby said...

Sounds like a good time anyway.I've always wanted to see the view from atop that Space Needle :)

Subby said...

As for Italian eateries, Boston's North End...guaranteed to keep even the hungriest kid full ;)

RA said...

Sounds wonderful! All of it: from JimiHendrix to pipes full of chocolate! :D

Mrsupole said...

I have looked up at the Space Needle but will not go inside. You know that little problem I have with fear of heights. I have taken the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain side and just sit on the floor not looking out. Everyone looks at me like I am crazy but at least once I am up the mountain then I am okay, well until it is time to come back down, then back to sitting on the floor where I cannot see out the windows. I know the Tram goes higher then the Space Needle, but I barely can stand on a stepstool.

You didn't say if it rained each day. And did you visit the fish market, you have to go there. Seattle is a great place to visit, and when the sun is shinning, it is really spectacular. I love the trees everywhere.

Glad you had a nice visit, even if it wasn't too relaxing.

God bless.

Megan said...

I slept at the foot of the Space Needle once. We didn't have the ducats to go up, so we camped out under it instead.

Wow, long time ago...

Tom said...

anything besides Space Needles in Seattle? Or coffee shops?

Collette said...

It's always nice to explore the things that are right around the corner. We don't take enough time to be a tourist in our own towns. Glad you had a nice time & the kids had plenty of food!

The Incredible Woody said...

So was it raining?

secret agent woman said...

Seattle is high on my list of US cities to visit. I have eaten in two other spinning restaurants - Windows on the World at the on the top of one of the Twin Towers (pre-2001, obviously) and the Skylon Tower at Niagara Falls, Canada.

CatLadyLarew said...

I remember when the Space Needle was first built... back in the days of the Jetsons. Too bad they never made the little Jetson hover cars to go with it... now THAT would have been really cool!

ReformingGeek said...

I love Seattle and it's a great home base for day trips to more beautiful places!

Wait. Did you say chocolate?

sharonheg said...

I spent a grand total of about 30 minutes in Seattle - from the plane to the bus and then on to Vancouver to go on the Alaska cruise (I remember the guy at the border asking me why I wanted to enter Canada? "Because that's where the cruise ship is, sir."). Saw the sky needle from a distance. Guess I'll have to go back to enjoy a $21 hamburger.

Roy Scribner said...

Seattle: Portland is way to dry and clean for us.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Mmmmm....chocolate.

BTW....That's why the Cullen's lived in Forks, because of the weather. My teens are all girls.

Deb said...

You went on a vacation with TEENAGERS....and they survived?

Janna said...

Hey, wait a minute... are you allowed to have a Man Card and a miniature schnauzer at the same time?

Elizabeth said...

Ugh, just reading about a spinning resturant makes me sick to my stomach. Then again, I get motion sick in an elevator. I really do :(

aladdinsane12 said...

that sounds like fun! window washing and chocolate are my 2 favorite things! ok, that's a huge lie...

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Sounds like a great meander, as long as chocolate was involved. -J

Gladys said...

I love Seattle. Did you do underground? Haunted Pioneer square?

Chris Wood said...

Rotating burgers? Dammit, you fancy Americans have everything. In little old England we have stationery food, apart from the Queen who has servants to move all her food about. Bless her.

Baino said...

We have a spinning restaurant 700 feet off the ground! Trouble is if it's cloudy, you can't see a thing! Sounds like fun I've heard that Seattle is pretty cool city.

Roy Scribner said...

btw - RIP Kurt Cobain, April 5, 1992.

VE said...

Subby – It’s pretty impressive and we picked a perfect sunny day for March…lucky

Subby – I still have to get to Boston…never been there!

Ra – Now I want chocolate pipes at my house…

If you have a fear of heights, the space needle probably isn’t for you. It’s pretty daunting because you stick out so much from the base…

Megan – Oh…was that your sleeping bag in that corner?

Tom – Lots. It’s a pretty cool city despite the crappy weather…

Collette – Plus…I didn’t get stuck in the airport. Bonus!

Incredible woody – Not until the last day. The day we went to the Space Needle was spectacular…

Secret agent woman – You are the queen of spinning meals!

Catladylarew – I think the Jetson’s daughter is old now…probably on her third marriage is my guess…

Reforminggeek – I did…and I ate it…

Sharonheg – 30 minutes? That’s tough to get through the tours in that amount of time. You can barely find parking in that amount of time…

Roy – Ha! You know it…

Perpetual chocoholic – The wifey-poo is from Port Angeles, only 70 miles away from Forks. I haven’t seen her hungry for blood yet though…

Deb – Or we survived. I know…but if you dart them every three to four hours…

Janna – I make it up in other categories…

Elizabeth – It really doesn’t spin that fast. At first you kind of notice it but about 20 minutes later you completely forget…

Aladdinsane12 – I believe the chocolate part…

Harnett-hargrove – It was…and it was…

Galdys – I’ve done it before. It was on our itinerary this time too but we didn’t get it fit in…

Chris – See…since we can’t have a proper monarchy we have to come up with rotating burgers…

Baino – It actually gets cloudy in Australia?

Roy – It is that time, isn’t it?

lime said...

what was that about a chocolate factory? mmmmmm....

Jacki said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about ignoring everything in your own backyard, while traveling elsewhere to see cool things. Glad you had a good time!

Jaime said...

ooh... $21 hamburgers and chocolate factories. sounds like a great trip

VE said...

lime - Amazingly, you get sick of chocolate in there...well...temporarily...

jacki - It's the grass is greener syndrome...

jaime - Everybody should order a $21 hamburger in their lifetime...