Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seattle Finds Part 2

I'm going to try to keep this to two posts because I don't want to drag on forever.  But I don't want to make these posts too long and I still want to talk about everything we saw/did/ate/drank. If you are interested you can read my reviews of several of the places we visited on my Yelp page (and add me as a friend while you are there).

Saturday morning we headed out for doughnuts at Top Pot Doughnuts.  Kelly had told me about a website where they listed many of the places various TV shows had visited and I found this one.  Top Pot had good ratings and I won't turn down a doughnut.

We shared three doughnuts (hey, when in Seattle right?) chocolate sand castle-chocolate cake dusted with cinnamon sugar, valley girl lemon-a powdered doughnut filled with lemon cream, and I think Matt also order a raspberry glazed.  I'm sad that we didn't go back another day! The inside was cool to with shelves of books and plenty of seating. 

Since we had some time to waste before our next outing, we took a detour to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Pioneer Square.  Yes a national park that is really a museum in a building.  The best part is that it's free so we walked around and read the different stories of people looking for gold in Alaska.  

A pristine Geo Tracker was spotted on our walk.  Matt and I are both kind of obsessed with Tracker's since he owns one now.  So we both took a picture.

Which one do you think looks better?

Next touristy thing on the docket, was the harbor cruise. Our tour guide told a few corny jokes but overall had great info about the different piers and history about the city.

We did see a huge cruise ship that was refueling for its cruise to Alaska.

Views of the city skyline and Bainbridge Island were good and I could see the mountains a little bit through the fog.

From the boat we made a beeline towards our lunch spot-The Crab Pot. Again with the seafood.  We ordered one of the sea feasts to share and they basically just dumped a pile of food on the table for us. 

The bibs were very necessary.  Crabs, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes, shrimp and andouille sausage. My little mallet came in handy.  The 3 wet wipes I used after the meal were also necessary.

No meal is complete without a little dessert though and so we ended up back at the market and getting cheesecake from the Confectional.

Mexican Hot Chocolate was delicious but the spiciness level built up on me and Matt had to help me finish it. I need more cheesecake in my life. 

Since we were all loaded up on food we decided to grab a bus over to Discovery Park to do a little hiking.  We couldn't figure out a way to get out to the big hiking spots but this park within the city was a good substitute.  It was beautiful! We walked along the beach and through the trees. 

That night I ended up taking a nap before we went out for dinner and more drinks.  This is the bar where I found the famed African Amber! I'm still thinking about that beer. Do you think I can get it shipped here? 

Sunday was like the tourism day on drugs. First stop was the aquarium.  I got to see plenty of seals! 

That was the only thing I was excited about. 

In the afternoon, we grabbed another bus to go out to the Museum of Flight.  

This was what Matt was really excited about on the trip.  

I sat down a few times to wait for him to read approximately every exhibit sign.  

I will admit it was cool to see all the different types of planes. And I had fun in the kid's part where I got to try to land a hang glider on a video game. 

For our last dinner in Seattle, we went out to Zig Zag Cafe.  And on the way, I saw the hugest rat I've ever seen in my life! Or maybe I've just been really fortunate in my life and have not seen many rats.  I'm pretty sure the restaurant was rat-free so that was reassuring.  This restaurant had a whole menu of signature cocktails that I had never heard of so I made an exception to my beer drinking and ordered one.  

After dinner, we went on a mission to find some ice cream, but every place we tried was already closed.  Womp, womp. 

Monday morning we spent some time leisurely getting coffee and breakfast while relaxing before we needed to be at the airport.  

One last stop at the market to pick up more peaches and mangoes to take back home with us. Goodbye wonderful market.

We did get a bonus stop on our flight home when we landed in Great Falls, Montana, for an ill passenger.  Does it count that I visited a state when I didn't even get off the airplane?  

We spent almost an hour in Montana and since Matt only had about an hour layover in Chicago he was really worried that he wouldn't make his flight back to Cedar Rapids.  Unfortunately we were stuck all the way in the back on the plane.  His second flight was scheduled to leave at 9:20 pm and at 9:10 he was still standing on our plane.  And of course our plane was arriving at gate H16 and his plane was taking off from gate L2.  So he had to run across the airport like a crazy person and when he got to the gate, the door to the jetbridge was already closed but when he asked if they were still boarding to Cedar Rapids, the attendant opened the door back up and told him to run! But he made it and was sitting on the next plane at 9:17! Impressive, right? Sadly, his luggage didn't make it, but if he had to carry his luggage he would have never made it! Since he doesn't live far from the airport he was able to pick it up the next day.

It was a great trip, but it's always hard to say goodbye. 

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