Copyright (c) 2012 Wendee Holtcamp
I started out my adventure in the Pacific NW with a visit to my dad and Bev's. This is a photo of the back of their van, which they have graciously allowed me to use while I'm here! I dropped Sam off at his week-long overnight camp and then hit the road to Seattle, where I stayed with my friends Francis and Laura Zera.
Laura took me on a tour of the best Seattle has to offer. Though I've been to Tacoma several times visiting my cousin, and blazed through Seattle on the way to Olympic National Park, I'd never actually seen the city. First, we went to Pike Place Market - a Seattle classic! It was so cool! I am in love with all the fresh flower bouquets!! This is Laura with the flowers.
She even wrote the Insider's Guide to Seattle for Cheap Flights.
A bouquet of white flowers at Pike Place Market.
Fresh peppers at the market.
Homemade pasta! They sold some pretty cool varieties, including dark chocolate pasta! I bought some but haven't managed to cook it yet. Laura said I was like a kid in a candy store at the market. True story!
The fish market is pretty famous too. They start shouting and then they throw the fish to one another!
The original Starbucks! I had just pondered aloud to Laura, I bet the original Starbuck's is somewhere here in Seattle. I wonder where? And then I saw this just outside the Pike Place Market, with a line down the street, and I was all, dude! That must be it! And sure enough, it is!
Next we visited the Seattle Space Needle, which has a bunch of museums and such nearby. We didn't go in the elevator up to the top, but we browsed in the store at the bottom.
The EMP Museum near the Space Needle. I love the exterior! And don't ask me what the heck EMP stands for, because I still can't figure that out.
Next we went to Fremont, a neighborhood in Seattle. There is a giant sculpture of a troll under a freeway bridge, and it's so freaking cool! I didn't get a photo that turned out, unfortunately, but here's one on Wikipedia.
And we went to the Theo chocolate factory. I think I died and went to chocolate heaven! They had tons of samples all around and I totally pigged out. I think I ate my weight in chocolate. :) And, ahem, all the 'gifts' I bought may or may not have already been consumed...
Fremont is just weird, I guess. And that's why I like it. They have dinosaur sculptures covered in ivy (er, topiaries!). It's right on the edge of the Washington Ship Canal, and there are major offices for Google and some other corporate giants there.
We browsed the shops in Fremont and this one shop had this pack of gum that I thought was awesome. On the opposite side, it says Hell Yeah!
I spent last weekend with my son on the Central Oregon coast, and will put those pics up soon. We had a great time! I even got to see the dock that floated across the Pacific from Japan after the tsunami and which washed up in Newport, Oregon. Cool! All the sealife had been torched off, but people were climbing all over it despite the "No Trespassing" signs all over it. While there, I attended a meeting between ship and fishing industries and the US Congressmen from Oregon, which was interesting.
Last, but not least, my article on the Elwha dam removal and the return of spawning salmon and steelhead - which had been blocked from the upper reaches of the river for more than a century - is now published at Nature News online: Fish return to undammed Elwha river: First hope for salmon and trout restoration in biggest dam-removal project in US history. Check it out and let me know what you think! I will be writing more about the removal project for other pubs.