Today was a busy day. The four of us, Bob, Shirley, Don and I, made great use of Seattle's mass transit systems. We took two different buses to get into Seattle, and we didn't even get lost! Our first stop was the Post Office to pick up our mail. Guess what?! It hadn't come yet. Gee, they only sent it out on the 18th, so why would we expect it by the 26th?
Pike Fish Market
Next we found the famous Pike Street Market. It is the oldest Farmers Market in the United States. What a fun place that is!
You can buy fish, flowers, jewelry, baked goods, scarves, ice cream and so much more! It reminded us of an oversized Quincy Market in Boston. The market is right near the water, so we wandered along the waterfront. There were cruise ships, ferries and many other kinds of watercraft to watch while walking.
Lunch on the water
A restaurant had been recommended to Bob and Shirley and we had lunch there. It is Elliot's, right on the water, and we ate a delicious lunch outside.
Next came a ride on the monorail!
Seattle Space Needle
No, we are not back at Disney, Seattle has it's own monorail from the 1962 World's Fair. It only goes from downtown to Seattle Center, where you can find the Space Needle.
View from the top of the Needle
So it was up in the Space Needle for fabulous views of the city, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. On a really clear day you can see the Canadian Rockies and Mt. St. Helens!
The only other thing we all really wanted to do was a tour of the city. We found the Tour bus that does the hop on-hop off tour and asked about tickets. The young man told us that because it was getting late in the day we could just get on for FREE! So we DID! We rode around many other parts of the city and learned all kinds of stuff. Did you know that there is an underground section of Seattle because after the city burned down they decided to build it up higher. All they did was build the buildings on top of the old ones, with all of them underneath. You can take a tour of the underground and hear lots of creepy stories, also. Seattle is called the Emerald City due to the fact that tens of thousands of trees were brought in to make the city green. After this long and busy day we took another form of transportation back to Everett, the train. What a wonderful ride that was, right along the water. The train was clean and quiet and you could hear the conductor's announcements clearly! It was a great way to end our day in Seattle.
The weather was beautiful with temps in the high 70s and sunny!