This adventure was pretty far from home! 1,400 miles to be exact and a 21 hour drive! never the less I got there and did plenty of work, but once the work was all done I decided to head out and explore the amazing city of Seattle. I only had one day there so I decided to cram as much as I could into that one day!
First on the list was the the Gas Works park. This was actually a pretty interesting park even though it is kinda small. There are some random industrial buildings right next to the park and it over looks a really beautiful lake! Across the lake is Seattle down town area so the view comes with an awesome cityscape. This is a perfect place to sit down and have a nice picnic. There were quite a few people out there but it really wasn’t to crowded. After enjoying the view and walking around a bit it was off to the next thing on the list, the Freemont Troll.
The Freemont Troll is less then a mile away for Gas Works park, I’d like to say I planned it this way but really it was just a coincidence. I decided to walk because parking in big cities is one of my worst nightmares! the walk was quite pleasant and it was mostly on a bike trail which made it easy to figure out where to go. Near the end of the walk you have to walk up this large hill, and as you get to the top the troll comes into view. I had never herd of the Freemont Troll and I hadn’t seen any pictures of it so it was a bit of a surprise when I actually saw it. It really is just a sculpture of a giant troll. It actually looks like the troll is climbing out of the brings. If you can get there when no one else is there its a great photo opportunity. When I was there quite a few people were already climbing all over it so I snapped a picture in a very short time that no one was actually on it! Then it was the sort walk back to the car and off to the Seattle Center.
For those of you who don’t know Seattle Center is where the famous Space Needle is located, but that is not the only thing of interest there. There is also the Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Garden and Glass, an Pacific Science Center. I was on a time crunch so I picked out the two things that I really wanted to do which was the Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Space Needle. If you buy your tickets at the Space Needle Kiosk you can buy a joint ticket for both things.
The Space Needle is the big attractions so obviously there were a lot of people and we had to wait in this huge line to actually get up but the line moved faster then I thought it would and before I knew it I was at the elevator that would take me to the top! At the time I went they were doing a bit of renovations but still the view is pretty amazing! you can see forever! Words cannot describe how cool it is, pictures do a better job but really you just have to experience it for your self!
Next it was on to the Glass Museum. I had her of Chuhuly before from a sculpting class I took in college and his big glass chandeliers were pretty cool on the video I watched but none of that prepared me for the art I saw here. He was an amazing with glass and he captured some amazing things with glass. Even when his eye sight was bad he still drew some pretty incredible ideas. Check out the photos, but once again this is something you just have to experience for your self.
After all the waiting in line for the Space Needle and then I spent more time in the Chuhuly Museum then I thought it was actually starting to get late, but I headed out the my last stop which was the Pikes Place Market. Parking down town was the worst so that made me even later! Side note: this is why I could never actually live in a large city, I’m terrible at parking in small spaces and I also hate to pay to park my car!! Any way I got to the market at about 5:30 and it pretty much closes down at 6:00. Bummer! but I still got to see some cool stuff and I walked by the original Starbucks which was pretty cool. Didn’t go inside or get anything because the line was out the door and around the corner! After everything was closed I decided to get some food. there are plenty of cute little places right around the area and I decided to eat at Rub With Love.
This was a cute little place that I guess is owned by a pretty famous chief, Tom Douglas. Either way I had a nice sandwich and some chips and it was AMAZING!! If you are in the area check it out! I’m not even a hundred percent positive what I got but it was great! I cant imagine anything they make is bad. With a full tummy I walked back to my car and headed home for the night.
Even though I only had one day I still accomplished a lot and got to see a ton of awesome stuff. If I did it again though I think I would go to Seattle Center first before the crowd got there and then the Market and last would be the Troll and Park. Have you been thee? What was your favorite part of Seattle?