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Day 7 - Escape to the Space Needle?

semi-overcast 66 °F

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Our breakfast, a cake doughnut and one of Voodoo Doughnuts's famous bacon maple bars. They were delicious.
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Succulent garden outside our door in Portland.
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Powell's City of Books. A great way to spend several hours. We left with four of their million books (bringing them to a paltry 999,996), including one two hundred and two year old history book.
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We didn't purchase this, but it would have fit in with Catherine's troll collection. How many readers knew about Catherine's troll collection? Please answer in the comments below.
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Portlandia Activities book. Bird stencils to help "put a bird on it," conversation starters and stoppers, and many useful quizzes.
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Kenny and Zuke's deli. We got latkes for today, and bagels for breakfast tomorrow.
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The beautiful city of Portland. Not pictured here, but worth blogging about, was our trip to the Dr. Marten's store. Daniel got shoes for school, since it is important that his shoes be both sturdy and comfortable. The ones we got have a lifetime warranty, staying that the company will replace them whenever they wear out for the rest of the purchaser's life.
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On the way from Portland to Seattle, we stopped in Olympia/ Tumwater. The houseboat that Daniel has been going to all his life is named the Olympia. The former brewery is large and abandoned. It's sort of sad to see something that was so clearly a huge part of the community and town completely gone.
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Totem pole...?
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A view of Seattle as we entered the city, and the house where we are staying.
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We wanted to ride the Great Wheel, a Ferris wheel on the end of a pier. It was recommended to us for the great views of the city it provides. We put it in the GPS, and were directed to this container ship, near the corner of Diagonal and Marginal.
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We found the wheel...
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...got on...
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...and enjoyed the views.
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For some reason, Seattle seems to prefer "backwards diagonal parking." Catherine will not drive in Seattle for fear of having to park. She figures if she can't handle parallel parking, she doesn't even want to attempt this.
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After trying a few places that had already closed their kitchens, we found Fadó Irish Pub. We were happy to have somewhere to eat. The picture shows a boxty quesadilla. (Boxty is an Irish potato pancake).
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Seattle is a very beautiful city at night.
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Before heading back to our room, we decided to go see the Space Needle. We called first, and found that the observation deck was open until midnight. It was eleven thirty when we parked across the street from the Space Needle. As we left our car, Catherine noticed a man standing near our car and looking in. We discussed it and decided that there was little we could do about it. However, rather than breaking in to our car, the man started following us ( or just walking towards the building like we were, but it seemed creepy in the dark). We walked quickly, hoping to take refuge in the Space Needle. Thankfully we soon noticed that he was not actually following us. Unfortunately, though the observation deck was still open, the ticket window closed at 11:30, making it impossible to go up. We have not decided yet whether we shall return tomorrow. Tomorrow we will explore Pikes Market, then head to Anacortes/ Orcas Island.

Posted by danielcatherine 00:44 Archived in USA Tagged seattle wheel olympia escape space_needle portland latkes boxty totem_pole

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What an adventure you are having! I have been to all of these places and enjoyed them as much as you are doing - the Doc Martens sound like a heck of an investment - and, no, I didn't know that Catherine collected trolls - say hello for me in Anacortes tomorrow

by Grandma

The troll question really is not a fair question. Who doesn't have a troll collection?!? Two things I am surprised about... 1. bacon donut was good 2. That Dan EVER left the book store.

by ed

I have had the bacon maple bar and enjoyed it as well. Did you not try the fruit loop donut? very good as well. I am chilled by the idea of a troll collection :-). I love reading the blog! Thank you for the photos of my favorite book store - there is also an annex in Beaverton if 999,996 is inadequate to your needs

by Jackie

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