This last weekend Devin, Amber, Erin and I drove up to Seattle to hang out with our amazing friend Julie, who moved there last October from California. We spent an entire, gloriously sunny day, exploring what this great city has to offer. I feel a little sheepish in admitting this is only the second time I have been to Seattle, and I live a mere 4 1/2 hours away. Now that Julie lives there, that gives us way more incentive to visit as much as possible!
Julie and I are huge fans of the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”, so our first stop was at Gas Works Park where Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles make-out after their flirtatious bout with paint balling. That alone makes this hallowed ground. 🙂 Gas Works Park is the home of what used to be the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, which was in operation from 1906 – 1956. It was purchased by the City of Seattle in 1962 with the purpose of converting into a park, and has been open to the public since 1975. The structure that you see in these photos are the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US.
Gas Works Park
Stop number two was at the toy novelty store, Archie McPhee’s. This store will bring out the inner-kid in anyone, as you will clearly see with these photos. This store is seriously too much fun….I may or may not have stocked up on some sweet Bigfoot treasures. And if you need any more reason to go, Archie McPhee’s boasts the world’s largest pair of underpants.
This painting belongs in two places. Mulder’s office, and somewhere in my house 🙂
Stop number three on our Seattle adventure was the Fremont Bridge Troll. This sculpture is super cool, and was made to look like it had snatched a Volkswagen bug from the bridge up above. Definitely a fun photo opp and must see attraction if you have never visited the Fremont Troll.
Freemont Bridge Troll
The iconic Space Needle that graces the gorgeous Seattle skyline.
By the time we got to Pike Place Market, we were all pretty hungry. As we were wandering down the street trying to find a place to eat, we happened upon a cute little Russian bakery called Piroshky Piroshky. As we got closer, we could see the line was out the door and down the street, so we were kind of hesitant about how long it may take to get through the door. A couple of people saw us deliberating on the sidewalk, and they could tell we were questioning whether or not to attempt it. Both of them told us the line and the wait were totally worth it. And boy, were they right. The line actually moved really quickly, almost too quickly as we were still trying to decide which Piroshky to try. We all got a savory beef and cheese Piroshky, but we each got a different sweet one to try and share. They were all phenomenal.
This brings us to stop number…five? The famous Pike Place Market, which is basically the coolest, year-round, daily Saturday market of all time. It is sensory overload at it’s best with artisans creating all kinds of original artwork, jewelry, bouquets of fresh flowers, honey, soaps, clothing…This place seriously has it all. As you move past the artisan tables, you start to see fresh and beautifully displayed produce, meats, fish and more. And everyone you meet is so nice…Pike’s Market may be one of the happiest places on earth.
Pike Place Market
As our day was coming to an end, there was one more stop on our agenda…The infamous gum wall down Post Alley, outside of the Market Theater. As most people probably know, the gum wall was pressure washed this past November, after about 20 years worth of gum had been accumulated by passerby’s wanting to leave their “mark”. We were pleasantly surprised to find the next generation gum wall had a pretty hefty start, and we excitedly left our contribution.
Post Alley & The Market Theater Gum Wall
These are some shots I got on our way back to the car. Seattle has plenty of awesome neon, which always makes for fun photos. The Elephant Car Wash boasts the first automatic car wash in Washington. It has multiple locations throughout Washington, and the second location, which was opened in 1956, is home of the world-famous rotating elephant you see below!
We seriously had the best time visiting Julie and her new home in Seattle. While we crammed a lot in one day, there is so much to see and do up there, we can’t wait to go back for another visit.