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Seattle 11/24/2008

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Seattle Space Needle
Our second day in Seattle started out partly cloudy, and fairly chilly. Maybe mid 40s. Not much wind. We walked from the Gaslight Inn up 15th Avenue toward Mercer, to head for the Center for Wooden Boats. From the top of Capitol Hill, you can see right down to city center, and the Space Needle.

We have been members of CWB for several years now, actually since Zach and Tab moved to the West Coast, and our first visit through Seattle took us to see this non-profit community service organization. They have a wonderful selection of wooden boats that are available for sailing on Lake Union. Click on their link to read more about this fine organization.

I had emailed the Center, hoping to be able to reserve boats for a day of sailing, only to find out that the center begins it's winter schedule during Thanksgiving Week, and therefore would not be open on Monday, the day of our visit. Doh!!

We had decided to walk down there anyway, to see if there was any activity, and maybe some hope for a boat ride "off the books" so to speak. Well, we totally lucked out. Oh his way out of the center to get some parts, Dave, a docent at the Center, had the good fortune to run into us as we arrived. We chatted for a while at the top of the entrance to the docks, and eventually Dave had an inspiration - he would check the battery charge on the Center's launch and give it a test ride! Did we want to come along? Well, yes, what a good idea!

Here are some images taken while on Lake Union.
Dave driving, with me in the foreground. The CWB docks and south Lake Union in the background.
There are many house-boat (or boat house) neighborhoods on Lake Union. Many of the homes are tricked out in a variety of styles.
Some are more boat-like, but serve as homes, while others are clearly houses that are floating.
This owner must have missed the Mediterranean.
Sleepless in Seattle...
Ivar's Salmon House

We had a nice lunch on North Lake Union at Ivar's Salmon House. This is one of the 3 locations of Ivar's restaurants in the Seattle area. Ivar is a bit of a legend.

After our mid-day boat tour, we took the South Lake Union Streetcar down to Westlake Center. This apparently follows the route of the original electric streetcars in the 1880's. Wow! We made good use of the public transport system, riding the streetcar and buses to make our way around. Lots of walking too. Seattle is a walkable city, not unlike Boston, although hillier.

From The SLU stop, we made our way to Seattle Center, and then from there past Pike Place Market, and further downtown to Salumi, a salumeria Zach had mentioned to us. He had wanted to purchase some of their hand-cured salamis, but had never been able to arrive there during their business hours. Well, we had the same problem, Salumi is closed on Mondays. We made plans to return there by car the following morning, on our way out of Seattle for the next leg of our journey..

Seattle 11/23/2008

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Bounced to the West Coast, for end state, Thanksgiving on Lummi Island, Washington, with Zach and Tab. (Son and dotter-in-law). In order to not burn them out, we are staying 2 nights in Seattle, and then one night in Port Townsend, after which we will make our way to Lummi.

We got into Seattle on Sunday, arising at 3am EDT, to get to Logan and aboard United #171 6am flight to San Francisco, there to connect to United #322 to Seattle. Arriving in SEA/TAC at 1:30pm PDT, after 13 hrs, we were beat, dry, hungry and just plain wore out. We had booked our stay at the Gaslight Inn, in the Capitol Hill area. We picked up our rental car at Thrifty, and made our way to the Madison Street exit off Route 5 N. Partway up Madison, was the M Street Grocery! Food! They have 30 minute free parking, so we stopped and shopped. How about macaroni and cheese, with salmon and leeks? Spinach feta quiche? A lovely bottle of Washington state Reisling? French bread! Mmmmm....

Now fortified, we located our bed & breakfast, parked the car, and trundled our bags and supplies to the front door. Our innkeeper showed us to Room 104, which is a 2 room suite, complete with fireplace, sitting area, and private bath. Very nice. The inn is an amazing guesthouse, built in 1906, in the arts and crafts style, furnished with beautiful oak pieces, comfy beds, and a wonderful collection of local glass and northwest artifacts. We settled into our room, set out our dinner feast, even though it was only 3pm PDT, it was 6pm for us.

After a short rest, we ventured out again. Walking down Pike, brought us past a police action at a disco club, so we moved over to Pine for a block or two. Then back to Pike, until we were at Pike Place Market. We mosied around for a while, looking at the view of the Port of Seattle, the fish market, the alleys and shops. We finally settled down at a little restaurant, called Maximilien, in the Pikes Place Market, which had a great view of the harbor. Supping on fish soup and a cheese and fruit plate, we watched a China Shipping Line container ship come into the port. A taxi ride back to the inn ended our first long day of travel.

Together in Boston after a month in the BVI working at Rob Swain Sailing School, Tortola, for Norm. A fascinating change of venues. Also, a great chance to get caught up on reading. Elizabeth and Norm are working on the boat and house, having dinner in front of the fireplace, and gathering with friends. December 6th, back to Swain Sailing for Norm.

November in Medford.  Beautiful Fall colors contrast with BVI sailing images.  Three cruising students, Jerome, Alex, and Kate prepare a meal after a day of sailing and USSA exams.  From 40 deg C to 40 deg F.

A couple of guys at the exam table:  Ali and Jerome.

Check out the dog and the cat.  They are watching, in earnest, as their owner snorkels around the yacht in Trellis Bay, BVI.

Not a lot of AVERISERA in these winter posts.  Norm and Elizabeth have some time together in November for winterizing the boat.  Maybe after one more sail?

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