Seattle. I had been waiting to go here for awhile now, but never had the chance up till this month. The birth place of Boeing, Starbucks Coffee and Nirvana! What a mixture!
The hotel was right in the middle of town, thus it was a good location to walk around. We arrived just after noon, and after a quick nap (with a time difference of 11 hours, it was well after bedtime), I set out with the other guys for a seafood dinner. Settle is well known for that, and the highlight of the seafood is the famous crab. We ended up in Crab Pot, a place where they serve large servings of crab
We walked around Pike Market after dinner, but it was all closed. Being a proper ‘wet’ market, the place closes at 5pm. The plan the next day was to visit the Boeing Flight Museum which was just outside of town. We took a cab down and pretty much spent the whole day there. I must say, it was a good experience. There were older gentlemen playing host and tour guides. This guys were all volunteer workers and I can see that they were passionate about what they were doing and knew a whole lot about planes. While we might know the technical side of flying, it was a good lesson on how the whole flying thing came about from the early days of visionary guys jumping off cliffs to the fastest aircraft and vehicle ever devised by man. We also had a chance to walk into a Concorde and an old Air Force One. Memorable experience indeed.
The Museum had an imposing version of the Blackbird in the center of the great hall. It was a MD-71, a Blackbird with a drone. She was the one of 2 built for very sensitive missions during the cold war. One was lost when the drone struck the mother on detachment and the program was scrapped soon after. I have been in love with this plane since I saw it as a young boy in playing cards that we had in the olden days. The blackbird was definitely the ace in that pack, and seeing it in real life was just hard to describe. She is beautiful beyond words. And what struck me was that they created this beauty in the 50’s and 60’s and yet it looked like it came from the future. What can I say? A true classic.
I sat in the cockpit and was amazed at how basic the instruments were. A far cry from the toys that we have today in the modern flight deck.
We then went out the open skypark to see the Concorde and a couple of other planes that were on show.
The next day we went early to the Pike Market to freeze pack some crabs for home. The kids and Linda love crabs just as much as I do and I wanted them to taste the sweet fresh meat of the Alaskan Snow Crab. They have this quirky way of doing things at the market, a bit of showmanship to attract the tourist. They also chuck fish around and create quite a buzz with the visitors there. Here is a short gif of Jake the fisherman choosing my crabs for the ’24 hours guaranteed no spill, no smell’ packaging.
I also got a helping of the best Clam Chowder that I have ever tasted. After a heavy breakfast, I thought I wasn’t very hungry, thus bought a small bowl for take away to eat at the hotel room. After the first spoonful, I couldn’t stop and regretted not getting the larger bowl. Oh well…something to look forward to for my next trip here!