Now to Seattle, this time we were here for 6 nights. Originally we were thinking to go through some of BC Canada at this time but it is still really cold at this time of year so we decided to have an explore around the Seattle area.
Our accommodation was right in downtown which made it so easy to get around.
Seattle is a really green city lots of trees which grow well because they get lots of rain. We discovered this as it rained aa soon as we got there and continued on and off for most of our stay.
However really can’t complain as so far had had almost perfect weather for entire trip.
Seattle is the home of several iconic US companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, and lately Amazon. Lots of construction going on and seems like a city on the up. Also means the business section of the paper is a much more interesting read than The Press business pages.
Seattle was also the home of grunge type rock and we spotted a few more Bill and Ted lookalikes than we’d seen anywhere else.
Seattle is big on aeroplanes as its home to the Boeing factory and the Museum of flight.
The Museum has lots of planes on display from old war planes, to the last Concorde to be in use and the Airforce One used during the 1960’s.
Here’s Rachel in the secretary seat typing up an important letter to the President.
They have great informative pieces about how planes fly and what happens in the control tower to info about the Wright brother’s 1st plane and a flying car.
This was as close as we got to a float plane.
Rachel was Maverick and Matt was Iceman. Shame we left our aviators at home.
Its not just planes but spacecraft too that they cover, from early discovery of space hundreds of years ago to the flights on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic at $200,000 a seat.
They also have a huge gallery with a very comprehensive look at WWl and WWll.
In hindsight it would have been good to spread out our visit over a couple of days rather than the 2 hours we did it in, there’s a lot of info to take in.
We visited the Boeing factory a few days later (when we were staying in Bremerton, included in next post) . This has the largest building in the world with a floor plan of 92acres and height of 6 stories. With around 40,000 employees (on rosters across 7 days a week) the whole facility (much more than just the 1 building) is like it’s own little community with lots of cafes, dry cleaners etc and its own road way.
This tour showed the assembly lines for 747-8, 737’s, and the new 787 Dreamliner in the making. With a much bigger window for taking in the view and the ability to absorb 60% more turbulence it sounds like a great way to fly. With the main sections of the Dreamliner being assembled off site, they are brought together here to form the finished aircraft, a feat that only takes 3 days! Sorry no photos as no cameras were allowed.
There’s only one small part of the factory that’s robotic, the majority is still done with people power. The factory was spotless and the most organised workplace we’re ever likely to see, which is a good thing for flyers.
MAY 12th: HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO MATT
We also went out for a very tasty vietnamese dinner, the clams were delicious. They had these cool copper mugs that they served Moscow Mules in. They keep drinks super cold (or hot like in hot water cylinders) They must be popular items to pilfer as they had a $35 charge if it wasn’t on the table at the end of the dinner.
By the end of the night Matt was wanting to relive his youth and we happened to stumble past a gaming arcade. We played Pinball, Tekken, Deer Hunt, Rach went on the music dance mat, but Matt’s favourite was racing the Harley Davidson.
The tallest building in Seattle is the Space Needle, a mixture of the Skytower and something I remember off the Jetsons. It was built in the 1960’s for the world trade fair and has a monorail to it from downtown.
One of the more famous destinations in Seattle is the Pike Place Market well known for its fish mongers that toss fish to each other or scare people by pulling on the tail of a fish hidden by ice to make it jump. As well as lots of food stands there is also art and craft, clothing, nik naks, and amazing flower stalls. One of their mascots is ‘Rachel the Pig’, good luck if you put money in.
It is also home to the original Starbucks, very popular, the line was always far too long for us to want to wait. Never mind there’s practically a Starbucks on every corner.
From Seattle we ferried to the Olympic Peninsula and the sleepy town of Bremerton, hoping for some sun.