For our first full day in Seattle, we chose to spend time with our relatives sightseeing. Our group consisted of the four of us plus my mom and her two sisters, as well as my brother, his wife, and their two daughters. Neat, tidy, and relatively easy to keep together. Well, except for one of my boys, of course.
We took a scenic ferry trip across the Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. Well, scenic for some of us!
It was very windy and chilly in the front of the boat, a welcome change from the 100-degree temps we had left behind in south Texas. I actually had to wear a jacket! I had almost forgotten what one looked like.
We had fun exploring the touristy town on the island, stopping for lunch and to look into shops. It also gave the older generation a little time to impart some wisdom to the young ’uns. Way to pay attention to your grandmother, #2 son!
On the way back to Seattle, I noticed some of the passengers trying to feed the seagulls flying close to the ferry. Glad I had my Nikon 105mm lens ready to go on my Nikon D300!
We drove our rental car onto the ferry for easy transportation on the island. As we approached Seattle, we were told to return to our cars as soon as possible. Which three of our family did. But where was number four? Apparently, lost in his book reading. Yep, the #1 son failed to get down to the car in time to drive off the ferry with us. When you’re in a line of cars, you can’t just wait for slow-moving family members. Eventually, he did catch up with us once he walked off the ferry. It’s not quite as scary as when he wandered off at age 3, but we definitely were glad to see him safely on land again and in our car.
The next part of our day moved us from the Puget Sound to the Space Needle, something I had always wanted to visit. A long-time Seattle landmark, it’s a great way to see a 360-degree view of the area from 520 feet up.
Fortunately, there wasn’t a long wait to go up the elevator to the observation deck.
Walking around the observation deck checking out the different views was breathtaking, especially for those of us who don’t like heights!
Near the bottom of the Space Needle is the unique Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. It’s a fascinating mix of sci fi and music. The boys really enjoyed the interactive music lab that allowed them to play drums, electric pianos, and electric guitars. What I didn’t like was that cameras weren’t allowed due to copyright concerns. I felt almost lost looking at the exhibits without my D300 in my hand.
Of course, I just had to snap a pix or two to document our experience. I figured my iPhone 3GS wouldn’t be noticed by security. But the image quality just isn’t the same.
The best part of the day was still to come. I was most anxious to meet the newest member of our extended family, my great-nephew Zeke, the four-month-old son of my beloved #2 niece, Ralphie (sister of the bride-to-be), and her husband Chris. I just knew that the Z-babe would be gorgeous . . .
. . . and he is! Welcome to the family, little guy!