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A Seattle Vacation–Laurel and Fred, 2012

Posted by joeabbott on November 11, 2012

My sister and her husband (Laurel and Fred) have been out visiting for a few days before she attended a conference here; we had a ton of stuff planned and it made for a lot of running, but also a lot of fun. In the past I’ve done a recap based on what we did each day, but I’ve also been posting daily entries: this time I’ll recap based on event. And, taking a page from Suzy’s blog, I’ll focus on pictures to tell the story. Here’s a short summary of our time together.

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

The PRBC has a tremendous variety of bonsai and a talented photographer could spend hours capturing it all. Fortunately for us, we had one: Fred! The collection has broad, gravel walkways, dozens of exhibits, and lets you get as close as you need to check out the various bonsai trees. Wonderful place to spend a bit of time, contemplate the patience and foresight of the many bonsai artists represented here, and shift into a lower “vacation” gear.


Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Suzy and I love blowing glass and we think we have a couple of converts in Laurel and Fred. What was more marked this time after blowing our pieces was our many comments on how we’d approach our next attempt differently. While we all loved our work (and each others), we each had insights into what we might do differently to enjoy a different effect the next time we do this. And there will be a next time!


Seattle Great Wheel

The Ferris Wheel on Pier 57 opened earlier this year and I’ve been itching to give it a go: there are taller places in Seattle, places you can see more of Seattle, but there’s only one Seattle Great Wheel! The four of us got our tickets, hopped aboard, and it spun us round and round! While it wasn’t a climax outing, it was a fun way to see the waterfront and the Wheel continued to be a focus for our cameras throughout the trip.

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Experience Music Project

The Experience Music Project, or EMP, is a hands-on museum that is dedicated to rock-and-roll with a focus on Pacific Northwest bands and artists. The collections include a special Science Fiction section that changes focus throughout the year and a special focus for the rock-and-roll area. On this trip, they were showing Worn to be Wild, a tribute to the black leather jacket, and Can’t Look Away, the lure of horror films!

While we were there, we enjoyed a jam session: Suzy was working the axe (lead guitar), Fred was rocking the skins (drums), and Laurel tickled the ivories (keyboard). Of course I was fronting the band with lead vocals as we banged out Wild Thing by the Troggs. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to spend the extra money on the video or promotional poster so we have no photographic evidence of our session. Still, we have tickets from the show! Evidence that our band, The Nuggets, sold out!


Chihuly Garden and Glass

It’ll be hard to imagine out-of-towners dropping in and not getting a visit to this showcase destination. While the Pacific Northwest might be getting enough of Chihuly, he’s a signature artist who has a body of art behind him to support several venues … and we have one here! This is a wonderful place to visit and inspirational to anyone who might have tried a hand at blowing glass.


Space Needle

Our trip up the Space Needle was purely for the views … and they were chilly views! And yet, another quintessential Seattle stop! Cloudy day views may not be the biggest attraction, but whenever you’re in Seattle, your eye is drawn to the Needle!

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Ride the Ducks – Seattle

It’s a corny, goofy trip but a fun way to see Seattle and a unique ride. Part history, part tourism, all groan-out-loud humor. We had a fun time and it’s made funner by the company we kept … each other!


Quick meal at the Seattle Center

While hardly a highlight on par with the Garden and Glass exhibitions, we had a few bites at the Armory Food Court that were delicious. And, of course, we took a few pictures of the event.


Savor Seattle Tour

We did a lot of eating but the most entertaining was the two hour walking food tour we took around the Pike Place Market. Bits and bites from over a dozen purveyors in the Market, it was awesome. Click the title link for details but we went back to at least a half dozen of the places we’d sampled and bought more for home!


Harbor Tour

Seattle from the water takes on a different view than from the city streets, so a harbor cruise was on our agenda. The one-hour cruise led us past old favorites, showed us loading cranes up close, and even a few water denizens. And for November, the day could hardly have been better!


Seattle Aquarium

Without going to the ocean, you can’t get much closer to sea life than the waterfront aquarium! Let’s dive in!


Boeing Tour

Fred and I toured the Boeing factory. I worked for Boeing over 15 years ago and still love seeing airplanes up close and being put together. Amazing machines. While we couldn’t take pictures on the factory floor, the Future of Flight Aviation Center had a lot of exhibits.

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SAM Olympic Sculpture Park

I enjoy the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park and seldom more when there are few crowds and a nice fresh brisk air is about. Fred and I had just such a day when we toured here on Friday.


Spending time together

All of the events were great fun but made better by the good company we kept. The day’s activities would close and there we were, together. Together taking the long ride home for some additional views, together enjoying the quiet of our home, or together building a puzzle or cooking up our finds during the day for that evening’s dinner. The things you can do in Seattle are many, but it’s being together that really makes the events stand out.

Thanks for a grand vacation, Laurel and Fred! We wish you safe travels getting home!




3 Responses to “A Seattle Vacation–Laurel and Fred, 2012”

  1. Laurel said

    Awesome recap of our wonderful time in Seattle, Joe. We can’t thank you enough.

  2. momma said

    And I thought I’d seen it all! Fantastic – it looks like just the greatest fun! Momma

  3. Sue said

    Wow, really great pictures! Thank you for sharing these! It looks like you had a fantastic vacation in Seattle! What a great way to spend time with your family.

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