Ha, I’m the worst at staying on top of posting these pictures. That Twin Peaks post documenting the previous day’s amazing activities wiped me out! Anyway, 2 weeks or so later, here we are and haven’t even touched the Vancouver stuff yet. Let’s do this!
This morning, we had a great breakfast at Biscuit Bitch and then a stroll along the Pike Place area, checking out the Pike Place fish market. Not much to see this morning, as only some squid was getting thrown around. Then we took a walk over to the original Starbucks location – didn’t buy any coffee as I’ve had Starbucks coffee plenty of times and there’s no need to wait even longer than normal for it.
Seattle’s Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas
Biscuit Bitch for breakfast
Clearly a cool place to be
Lines for Seattle Art Museum
At the famous Pike Place Market
Only squid getting tossed around this day
Heading down to Pike Place
The original Starbucks
Monorail Madness 2: Monorail Harder
Now that it was a weekday (this was Wednesday, Sept 6, for reference), there really weren’t that many people as before out and about doing touristy Seattle things. Made for a much less crowded experience everywhere! And so this time on the monorail, we were able to get a seat right up at the front of the train, next to the driver. Living the sweet life, we are.
Front row on the Monorail
The Seattle Museum of Pop Culture
If there is a museum that is more suited for either Larry or me and the things we truly love, it will be hard to tell me what or where that is. As this museum is just amazing: it’s got a Frank Gehry-designed exterior, the interior is wild and eye-catching, there’s a giant cinema screen in the middle highlighting all the exhibits in an awesome way, and of course the exhibits themselves are just a blast. We went through many of them, but our prime directive for coming to the museum? The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.
Made it to the Museum of Pop Culture
The exterior is pure Gehry
The exhibit for Star Trek contained more than enough to satisfy most Trekkies’ needs. Models of every Enterprise ship? Check. Costumes and props for EVERY series? Check. Videos and Trek history everywhere? Check. It was incredible. I loved the Star Trek timeline that tied together every show, even the JJ Abrams alternate universe. Just amazing. And the fact is that the exhibit is done with style too – see the pics below. Larry was in heaven, and it was interesting for anyone, honestly.
There were a few interactive portions in the exhibit, one of which is being able to put your face on top of William Shatner’s in the iconic “KHAAAAAANNNNN” scream from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. See below:
So here are all my pics from the Star Trek exhibit…
Larry has the con
An impressive entry for an impressive Star Trek exhibit
Mockup of the original series’ set
The awesome part of the museum around the original bridge
Various Enterprises and spaceships across the mulitple series
Another sci-fi floor had more than just Star Trek – here’s 2001
Other Exhibits at the MoPOP were also not to be missed, including:
- Jim Henson Exhibition
- Bowie by Mick Rock
- Infinite World of Science Fiction (as seen in the last 2 pics above)
- Indie Game Revolution
As you’ll see below, these were all a blast. The Jim Henson Exhibition notably was magical to visit, as not only did you see plenty of stuff about the Muppets (which was ahMAZing), but the stuff that Jim Henson did before the Muppets as well as after. I loved that you could stand in the Muppet Show’s iconic opening structure!
There’s a massive theater in the center of the museum
Next up was the Jim Henson exhibit
A very interesting guitar sculpture
Entrance to the Jim Henson exhibit
Ernie & Bert
Larry creates a Muppet friend
Great video wall of Muppets episodes
It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!
Dark Crystal too
Guitar sculpture from the ground
Pictures of David Bowie in his 70s prime
The decor of the whole place is gorgeous
A small Indie video game exhibit
The MoPOP museum is right smack dab in that whole touristy central area, so we were able to go to the Armory to grab a quick bite before deciding what to do next. After yesterday’s adventures, not having a plan was a bit of a nice thing. We saw the ‘Ducks’ office right across the street and it was like, hey, why not just sit in an amphibious vehicle and drive around Seattle and then Lake Union? And so we did.
The Land Portion of the Ducks Tour
We got driven all over the main downtown area of Seattle, and for the most part, it was stuff we’d had a chance to see ourselves. It was just nice to not be walking or doing anything except go along for the ride. Also, the tour guides are funny and charming, and you listen to fun music while you’re zooming around town. Highly recommended way to do this!
We bought tix to Ride the Ducks!
First on board
Our humorous tour guide
The exterior for Grey’s Anatomy hospital
Coming up along our Hotel Monaco
And then we went into the water of Lake Union, a small lake right north of Seattle and sandwiched between Lake Washington and the main Puget Sound:
Pictures in Lake Union:
Time to get into the water!
Into Lake Union
Downtown Seattle in the smoky hazy distance
Frequent seaplanes landed while we were out there
Can really see the brownish haze here today
Much smokier than our first day in Seattle
That’s the I-5 on that bridge
Gas Works Park
Ridiculous wealth on display
An actual houseboat – it has to move 2-3 times a year to prove it is
Back to dry land
After that, it was time to start wrapping up the day, so we did that by going to a fantastic restaurant, Von’s 1000 Spirits, for a delicious dinner and some beers. And then back to the hotel to pack up as we had a decently early start the next morning to get to the train station and make our way north to Canada!
Dinner our last night in Seattle was at Von’s