Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sightseeing in Seattle

Megan and Aaron came to visit for a long weekend. On Monday, January 21, we spent part of the day downtown. We did the typical Seattle sightseeing stuff: Pike Place Market and original Starbucks, but the best part was going to the Space Needle. Dave, Megan, and I had already been there, but Aaron hadn't, and the weather was AMAZING. It was perfectly clear, not a cloud in the sky. We couldn't pass up an opportunity like that, so we went up to the observation deck. It was so worth it!

Here's us at the public market. We're just down the way from the fish throwers! Though we didn't see any fish being thrown :-( Though if no one is buying, they don't have much reason to throw fish. Aaron and I still recognized some of the guys from the training video we'd both seen.

Here's the Space Needle. It's cool that Dave and I have lived in two different cities with such an architectural icon: The St. Louis Arch, and now the Seattle Space Needle!

Megan and Dave enjoying the view. It was so nice in the sun. We had a full week of clear, sunny days. What a treat for the Seattle winter!

Here's the Seattle skyline. You can see Mt. Rainier in the background. We had an amazing view of the Cascades, the Olympics, and Mt. Rainier. The tallest building in the middle of this picture is the Columbia Tower. You can pay to go up to almost the top floor and look out on the city. It's a good view, since it's higher than the Space Needle, but I think it's more spectacular being in the Needle. You have a more unobstructed view, and you are outside. Not stuck behind a glass window.
Inside the Needle there are lots of informational boards and interactive displays. This one is a bunch of touch computer screens. There are drawings of the view, and you have to wave your hands over the screens to make info pop ups appear so you can learn about different landmarks. We thought we looked so silly waving our hands around in the air!

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