: Seattle: Pike Place Market, Elephant Car Wash, Museum of Flight



gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:06 PM
After the Elks car show on Saturday, I took the ferry across Puget Sound to Seattle:

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Seattle from midway across the Sound:

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Another ferry heading in the opposite direction:

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Me and Hoover on the ferry:

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Almost to Seattle. The ferry from Bainbridge Island only takes 30 minutes.

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:10 PM
Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. It may be touristy, but a lot of the locals go there too, and besides, it's pretty cool:

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Cool to still see all these neon signs:

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The colors at the produce stands are amazing:

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I love fresh raspberries:

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There are all kinds of flower stands with colorful arrangements from $5-$15. A regular florist would probably charge at least $50.

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The original Starbucks:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:16 PM
After my friends took the ferry back to Bainbridge Island, I took Sabrina to Seattle's famous Elephant Car Wash.

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The neon signs look even cooler at night:

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Going in:

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Coming out:

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The Space Needle is nearby; I've been up it twice so didn't feel the need to do it again. Great example of early 60s Space Age architecture.

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Headed down to the Museum of Flight. It's at Boeing Field, where flight test for the new Boeing 787 is based. Found there was a road that went back around the field so I could get a few pictures:

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This Korean Air Boeing 747 was on final approach to Sea-Tac as I parked:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:21 PM
Boeing B-47 Stratojet at the Museum of Flight. The first jet bomber for the USAF. My Dad worked on these in the late 50s:

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British Airways Concorde:

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Rolls Royce Olympus turbojets:

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Inside the Concorde. This is the only Concorde on display in the U.S. where you can go inside.

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Concorde cockpit:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:24 PM
The first Boeing 707 used as Air Force One. I think the USAF got their first 707 in 1959.

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First of 6,000+. The Boeing 737 prototype. I hope it gets repainted in its original Boeing livery.

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Retired American Airlines Boeing 727:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:31 PM
The Boeing 747 protype, the City of Everett. Everett is where the Boeing builds all of its wide-body jets in the world's largest building (by square footage):

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High-bypass-ratio Pratt & Whitney turbofans:

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The original 747 is in sad shape, desperately in need of a paint job. I contacted the Museum of Flight, and there are plans to build an enclosure over the airpark, after which the 747 will be restored. Having seen the beautifully restored prototype of the Boeing 707 at the Smithsonian, the 747 deserves the same.

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First flight February 9, 1969:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:34 PM
Soyuz and Mercury capsules:

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Lockheed SR-71 in the Great Hall at the Museum of Flight:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:38 PM
Heading back toward downtown Seattle to meet up with billc83 and check out his '88 Allanté:

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Safeco Field (Mariners) on the left, Qwest Field (Seahawks) on the right:

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Crossing Lake Washington on I-90 to meet Bill in Bellevue:

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Hoover got his first taste of ice cream on this trip. They gave him a free cup of vanilla when I bought mine:

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It was fun watching him try to get it all:

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gdwriter
07-25-10, 09:42 PM
Time to head for home. It's about a four-hour drive, but the Seville just effortlessly eats up the miles:

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About the cross the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River:

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Back in Oregon:

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Rather than stay on I-5, I took I-405, which loops around downtown Portland before rejoining I-5:

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I like crossing the Willamette River on the Freemont Bridge:

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Downtown Portland from the Freemont Bridge:

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I don't know why Hoover looks so pooped. I'm the one who did all the driving:

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Jesda
07-25-10, 11:43 PM
I dont have too many fond memories of Seattle, but that market is awesome! It also appears that your Seville is the cleanest thing in the entire metro area. :D

gdwriter
07-25-10, 11:52 PM
I dont have too many fond memories of Seattle, but that market is awesome! It also appears that your Seville is the cleanest thing in the entire metro area. :DEven if it is a touristy place, Pike Place Market is really cool and pretty unique. If you want fresh seafood, this is the place to buy it.

Sabrina wasn't really dirty, but the Elephant Car Wash is a Seattle landmark, so I naturally had to visit. Betty got washed there too during a trip in 2004:

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As I mentioned, the neon sign is pretty cool at night:

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Jesda
07-26-10, 12:26 AM
I had some fish and clams at Ivar's right behind the fish market back in 2006(07?). It is, to this day, the best seafood I'd ever consumed in my entire life.

EcSTSatic
07-26-10, 12:51 PM
I love visiting Seattle ! I use to fly up to our Boeing facility so often I qualified for 1st class upgrades.

Anyone tried the Crab Pot restaurant on the pier? There's a feast you can order where they tie a drop cloth around you, hand you a mallet and a fork I think, and then they pour a steamed colander of seafood, sausages, mini corn cobs etc onto fresh butcher block paper.

ga_etc
07-26-10, 08:24 PM
Again, great pics Gary. That makes me want to visit that area even more.

Rolex
07-26-10, 09:09 PM
Great thread and pics. I love these photo tour threads. Thanks for sharing. :D

Jesda
07-26-10, 09:18 PM
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Maybe its just me, but when I cross the border from Washington into Oregon I feel like I've escaped an asylum and found freedom.

dqw1
07-29-10, 06:42 PM
Nice photos. Makes me really miss that area of the country.

orconn
07-29-10, 07:55 PM
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Maybe its just me, but when I cross the border from Washington into Oregon I feel like I've escaped an asylum and found freedom.

Oregon imposes a straight jacket all it's own!

gdwriter
07-29-10, 10:59 PM
Nice photos. Makes me really miss that area of the country.Thanks. I've been in Oregon for seven years now, and you couldn't pry me out of the Pacific Northwest with a crowbar. I've been all over the U.S., and I can't think of any place I'd rather live.


Oregon imposes a straight jacket all it's own!Ahem, don't be dissing my home. :want:

Jesda
07-30-10, 12:37 AM
I got the **** out of the PNW as soon as I could. I despise having to go to Washington to see friends and family.

But I'd totally live in Oregon or Idaho. Portland is my top American city.

gdwriter
07-30-10, 01:31 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuC_l3ymXhM