Wednesday, August 29

Classic Seattle

Our first full day in Seattle was a day of classic iconic tourist sights and sounds.  We started the day with a walk to Union Lake to watch seaplanes taking off over the city.  We then headed into town to explore Seattle's increasingly gentrified Downtown district.  Our next stop took us through the heart of Pike's Market, a fresh produce and craft market filled with colour and noise. It was here that we stumbled across the original Starbucks Coffee Shop.

We finished our walking tour with a ride on the 1962 World Fair Monorail back to the Space Needle.  We used our 24 hour ticket for one final ride up to the needle's observation deck.  We had hoped to catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.  Unfortunately distant cloud cover had obscured the view.

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