Travel to Seattle (and Cooler Temps)

Here we are in the dog days of summer… and it is HOT! We’ve seen 100+ temps the past few weeks, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon. I guess that’s what you get for living in a desert. Fortunately, we were able to escape for a few days last week. Jess had a training in Seattle, and I flew out to join her for a long weekend. Even though they were heading into a “heat wave” in Seattle (please note the quotes), it was still much cooler there than here. I flew in on Wed, and joined the training group for dinner that night at a great seafood place. Then on Thursday, I had the day to myself while Jess spent one last day in a stuffy classroom. I met up with one of my old co-workers and had coffee, then did a bit of exploring on The University of Washington campus. I then took a stroll though Pike’s Market before heading back to meet Jess for dinner in the Space Needle. We took the elevator to the top and did a little sight-seeing from the observation deck before having dinner in the rotating restaurant at the top of the Needle. The next day we took an “Underground Tour” of Seattle. Apparently the city was originally built at sea level, but when it burn down in 1889, they decided to rebuild it, and elevate the streets to avoid future flooding, and to prevent their toilets from backing up (seriously!). That left a large collection of underground passageways around the original buildings. Many 2nd floors became first floors that you now see at the ground level. It was an interesting tour of the city’s history. After that tour, we took another one in a duck boat/bus. They drove us around the city, and then the bus turned into a boat, and we took a short tour of Lake Union (the location of Tom Hanks’ houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle). After the tour, we hiked out to Safeco field to take in a Mariner’s Game (they lost) before calling it a night. On Saturday, we took a harbor tour, then jumped on the water taxi to West Seattle. Apparently the only beach (Alki) in Seattle is across the sound in West Seattle. There was an art fair happening at the beach, so we walked around there for a little while, and then grabbed the taxi back downtown, had a big pile of shellfish for dinner, and said goodbye to Seattle. It was tough to hear the captain say that the ground temp was 110 when we landed in Tucson.

Photos of our trip can be found in the gallery.

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