The undertground tour was an hour and a half of walking in the hollow streets below the "new" street level of Seattle. It was very interesting and we learned a lot about the history of Seattle. What was funny was, Shelby is learning about this stuff in school right now. So, this was a great field trip for her!
After that underground tour, we took the sub seattle tour. We hopped on a bus and took an hour and a half tour around seattle. We stopped at Kurt Cobain's old home and saw the memorial bench in the park right next door. We saw the inspiration to the song Black Hole Sun from Soundgarden. A very cooln sculpture where you can look through the hole and see the space needle. We also managed to take really awesome scenic photos from different areas that I would have never known to go and see. We also saw the previous home of AMAZON!
We wrapped up our touring and headed to this creole restaurant around the corner and had fried alligator, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish pie, and bread pudding in a whiskey sauce. The food was great!! Alligator tastes just like chicken with a more rubbery texture. It was very tender.
We then went back to the hotel to get some rest before church. At church we finally hooked up with our Olipas family! It was so nice to see them. We headed out to a late dinner with my cousin and had a nice girls night out. We caught each other up on things and it was just so nice to be able to spend time with them. We didn't get back to the hotel until 11 pm. Whew!
This morning we visited Bruce and Brandon Lee's grave site. The entire cemetery was simply beautiful. I loved being in there. Everything was perfectly manicured and so peaceful. The trees, plants, and flowers were gorgeous. If you ever want to stop and see him there, here's my tip to you. Drive in and look straight up the hill and slightly to the right. Look for a huge white headstone shaped in a heart. You can't miss it. There are tall hedges directly behind that white stone heart. The Lee's are directly behind that hedge.
After visiting their grave sites, we went down to the space needle.We got there right on time at 9:30. We got parking, beat the crowds and went straight up. We took our pictures and went back down and walked around the area, including the armory. What a fun place! We then went to the Chihuly glass and garden museum. If you ever have the opportunity to see it, you must. Chihuly's works of art left me speechless. The garden was in full bloom and the flowers smelled so lovely. And yes, I did smell most of them. I love it!
We then went down to Pike Place market. Our intention was to go to the great wheel next but I saw Pike was right up the stairs so we went there first. We tried the greek yogurt and some crepes. We didn't partake in the chowder. The lines for the hot ticket items were too long. We did go into the very first Starbucks store but didn't buy anything. It was madness in there!
Shelby tried fresh pressed apple cider. It was yummy and refreshing. It was pretty cool and nice to see the market but it's not somewhere I'd go again. It's very crowded and is basically a huge open market with a ton of vendors selling stuff. It was cool but I was over it after about an hour.
Next, the Great Wheel. I couldn't wait to get on it and take in the views. Once we were in our gondola and we started going up and kept stopping to load more people in, I started to get nauseated. I'm afraid of heights and the stopping and going was making the gondola sway. I white knuckled the bench I was sitting on and couldn't look anywhere. Once the wheel moved continuously, it was ok. Until, we went up and over and started coming back down. The gondola hangs over the pier and you're directly over the water. The view was great, but it was more outstanding from the needle. As we left the wheel we went through an arcade that had a ferris wheel. YES, we rode it.
After that fun time, we took a nice walk along the waterfront and tried Ivar's Fish and chips. Not bad. But I wouldn't pay that much again for fish and chips. We now headed down to Puyallup for the Washington State Fair. The spring fair was ending and tonight was the last night. We met up with my cousin, her hubby, and their baby girl.
I had no idea what to expect. For the locals on Oahu, it's like the 50th state fair times 10. This place was huge. They had cute baby rides and some coasters. They had the extreme scream ride that shoots you up and drops you down and the sling shot. NO, I did not ride any of them. I did ride the spider. A ride I wish EK Fernandez would bring back to Hawaii. I love that ride!
We had elephant ears for the first time. What made me sad was seeing the caramel apples. I have this tradition that I do when I'm at the fair. I buy two caramel apples to go before I leave. One for me and one for Romel. Because this time I wasn't home, I didn't have any. I can't have it without him. It just isn't fun.
We stayed there till closing. It was great day. Great time with family and it was a bittersweet goodbye as we parted ways. Now, its time to pack up and get ready for next week in San Francisco with Shelby! Yay! I do have to work tomorrow. But after that, I'll officially be on VACATION!