Friday, February 15, 2013

Pike Place Market and Seattle Center

Friday was Seattle day and our first meet up with the Burns clan. So much awesomeness in one day! We loved walking the city with friends and family. It's been too long since we've been able to be with everyone. One of the reasons we want to find work back west. We miss everyone so very much! Who knows... Seattle just might be our next home!

On Our Way
Port Orchard is across the water from Seattle, about 10 miles away. However, whether you take the ferry or drive around via Tacoma, it takes about an hour to get there. We decided to take the ferry over on Friday morning. If your schedule lines up with theirs it can be an awesome way to travel. 

When I'm not sea sick, the Ferry is awesome! A relaxing way to travel.

Our view from the passenger deck. GORGEOUS!

Andrew and Ali make good use of their time. :)

Andrew's wife, Kylie. (She's going to love this shot! hehe)

One of my favs! These reminded me of AT-AT walkers from Star Wars.
So this is where they build those!

The city as we drove off the ferry. Loved the low handing clouds!
And the BLUE SKY! I couldn't believe how happy it made me.

The gang: Ali, Joe, Jackson, Kylie and Andrew.

We're here! We're here! 

Pike Place Market
When told about this, I pictured a place entirely outdoors with shops and vendors spilling into the streets. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this is actually a three story building. There are some outdoor shops, but the market is contained all inside. And boy does this entrance REEK of fish! Yuck! You get used to it within the first few steps and, once I adjusted my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed our jaunt through the market place. We tasted herb infused oils, freshly made donuts, home-dried fruits, and even chocolate spaghetti! We also had the chance to cheer on the braver of the Burns peeps who caught thrown fish!

Joe just inside the doors.

What can I say? I loved the ceiling. :)

Taylor getting ready to catch a fish!

Jim all smiles.

Jody was cool as a cucumber before the toss. Love her face in this one!
It's exactly how I would have felt just before catching a dead fish.

Marla cracked me up!
She totally got the crowd pumped before her toss.

Outside Pike Place Market.

The gum wall. All that texture you see? People's ABC gum!

Fun street performer. I realized early on that I couldn't
give a dollar to all of them. I'd go broke!

The floating mountains in the distance were so cool!
The vistas that opened up as clouds moved constantly surprised me.

Lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
I'll leave out names to protect the innocent. ;-)

Beautiful girls!

Seattle Center
The walking wasn't too bad. We made it from Pike Place to lunch and then up a hill to the Seattle Center. This place in town has many of the "to-sees" we were looking for. The most famous (and one ride we didn't take) is the Space Needle. Surrounding the tall building are several museums and centers worth taking a look at. After lunch, one group headed to the Pacific Science Center (a really great place for the kiddos), while another headed to the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum. I love rock and roll! So Joe and I headed to EMP with Harry, Jim, Jimmy, Ryan, and Andrew's family. I couldn't tell if people were having fun (I don't think most of these guys know how to smile), but I found out later they all had a blast. Woot!

The Space Needle from the EMP side.

Headed into the EMP Museum. The building itself is pretty cool.

Ryan in front of the guitar geyser. You have to see this in person
to really appreciate just how awesome it is!

A really neat exhibit. I thought my family had every game system on the planet.
I was surprised by how many we never owned. Also really cool to see
the progression of gaming,all within my lifetime.

I have this thing for freedom. Let's just say it speaks to me.

Jimmy kickin' it old school.

Mr. James talking on the phone with hot babes.

Worn to be Wild was an exhibit on the leather jacket
as a rock and roll icon. So much fun!

As part of the exhibit, they had a Harley Davidson and several leather jacket options for the perfect photo opp! The only one I couldn't convince to get on the bike was Harry. Maybe next time. 

Trying to be all artsy in my photography.

Last shot of the day from the Pike Place Market bridge.

A fabulous day! Had a ton of fun with everyone and, overall, it was a relaxing stroll through the city. As a bonus, we even found out Jim and Harry had recorded a secret music video of the two of them playing, "I Love Rock n' Roll." You better believe I bought a copy and surprised everyone with it later. I should have gotten a copy for us as well. Not often you see Papa Burns rocking out with a guitar to his favorite kind of music! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Naval Undersea Museum

We spent Valentine's Day doing what I love... NOT doing what everyone else is, lol! We skipped the fancy dinner, the box of chocolates, and a dozen roses that I'll accidentally kill in favor of a tour of Andrew's town with a trip to the Naval Undersea Museum. Nothing says I love you like a torpedo!

Taking a backseat in the clown car. SO SMALL!

Suit used by Navy divers for deep sea expeditions.
The exhibit reminded me of the movie THE SPHERE. Gave me the creeps.

Joe with best friend Andrew. Two peas in a pod.

I can't believe divers used to wear these. No seals!
You just went down and hoped the air pressure was enough
to keep the water out. Let's just say it didn't always work that way.
My steampunk torpedo! SO COOL!

Love, love, love! Wish they made these in miniature.
Cute hubby.
Together forever.
Another quick photo of my Valentine's hair! Ali let me borrow her pink hair crayon
so we could have matching bangs. That girl is so cute!

We ended the day with homemade lasagna and artisan bread. Andrew makes the best bread! Should have taken a picture of all of his creations. Grateful to he, Kylie, Jackson and Ali for taking such great care of us!!!

By Air, Land, and Sea!

Watch out, Seattle! Here were come!

We started off with a day full of travel. Andrew pointed out to us last night that we traveled by air, land, and sea all in one day!

By Air
Six hours of flying plus a one and a half hour layover in Milwaukee. Highlight of the trip was listening to a couple of hardcore football fans discuss the super bowl like they owned the teams. HILARIOUS! Eventually it ended with the 49ers fan insulting the Green Bay Packers. Not a good idea in an airport full of Cheese heads, lol. 
Landing in Milwaukee
Beautiful mosaic in the airport floor.
Should things this gorgeous be in a floor? At the airport?
We had the whole row to ourselves!
Happy to be together!
We should do this more often. ;)
Loved the mountain range in the distance.

Landing in Seattle. Just as green as our Maryland home,
but rugged and wild feeling.
By Land
Picked up a Fiat 500, a subway sandwich, and hit the road! Grateful for Andrew's directions and Google maps, or we would still be winding our way through the pinball machine of the 5 and the 99. We had to zip back and forth across traffic as all the exits we needed seemed to alternate between the right and left sides of the freeway. Good times!

[Insert picture of clown car here.]

By Sea
Loved our ferry ride! About 45 minutes, I believe. We were the last car allowed onto the ferry and we found out later just how lucky we were! If we'd missed this one, we would have had to wait another 1.5 hours for the next one! We had no idea, but were happy in our ignorance.  

 Had to be outside so I didn't get sick, but the view was beautiful! I could get used to riding that every day. :)

Sitting in the car ON the ferry. So cool!
From inside the passenger observation deck.
So glad we found the outside! What a view!
Happy Debbie :)
Love my sweetie. 
We were up by 3:45 am EST time and arrived at our destination by 2:30 pm PST. I think we made it to bed by 10 pm, just 3 hours shy of a full 24-hour day. But what a day! Loved our introduction to Washington and looking forward to everything else the state has to offer.