Did you know it rains in Seattle?
Yeah, lame attempt at a joke here. But contrary to what you might think, it’s not THE rainiest city in the United States. Still, I never would’ve gone against that long-standing myth during our Thanksgiving week stay last week in this lush Pacific Northwest city – home of the NFL team I hate second-most, the Seabass – I mean, Seahawks. Right after the Dallas Cowboys.
Of course, because my older daughter loves this team, I had to hold my nose, swallow my 49er pride and put up with a veritable love-fest of everything Seahawks at the EMP, a museum we visited to escape getting swept out to sea by the incessant precipitation. More about that later…
It poured here about 60% of the time, and when it didn’t it was overcast with a smothering blanket of cloud cover. Thank God we would only be here for a few days, then head over the Cascades to my sister-in-law’s family’s vacation home 90 minutes east of town, where we saw some wisps of sunlight amid waves of fog:
Their property, perched on top of a hill near Cle Elum with few other houses around, is lovely. But I decided to take a picture break by this point in our trip. The following photos mostly feature the eighth rainiest city in the country.
We start where most Seattle tourists start – Pike Place Market:
Who knew there would be so much color on such a gloomy day?
And of course, there’s plenty of seafood…
We also managed to take the girls down to the waterfront, to the Seattle Great Wheel, which is essentially a spiffed-up Ferris wheel. On our last trip here two years ago, it had just opened. And because the weather was perfectly sunny, the line for the ride stretched about two miles long (not really, but that’s what it seemed like), and they weren’t able to go on it. This time they had no problem at all. Being two years older now, the girls insisted on going on it alone, which was fine with me since I had to wait for RAS to find good parking.
The admission price, $13.00 for adults (13 and up) and $8.50 for kids (4-11) is mostly worth it, especially because the ride rotates a full 9 or 10 times. I gave JRS and NLS my camera to snap some photos. Here’s the best one:
My views down below were not quite as dramatic. I’m glad this bird obliged, though.
The next day, we went to the EMP Museum at the Seattle Center. It used to be called the Experience Music Project, and much of the displays are related to iconic Seattle musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. You can sing or play music in small sound booths as well, and then there’s this funnel-shaped guitar sculpture:
But the museum’s theme has expanded into anything related to pop culture. On our visit, the exhibitions showcased costumes from fantasy and science fiction movies and TV shows, horror movie displays and independently designed video games. But JRS liked these the most:
Then there was this monstrosity:
Everywhere you go in Seattle, you see blue flags simply adorned with a white “12.” That means the 12th Man, or the rabid fans of the team who have become, not surprisingly, more numerous since they won the last Super Bowl.
Ugh…I guess this was better than going to their home stadium, CenturyLink Field.
What we do for our kids in the name of love.