|Seattle October 2021|
|We flew out to Seattle Wednesday after school (Thursday was parent-teacher conferences, Friday was a half day and Monday a holiday). It was fun to follow the sunset across the country (and Robert, in a window seat) was able to see one of the wildfires in Montana). The business reason was for Robert to check out UW, he really likes it. The fun reason was to visit with David Z. and Lynn. It was a fantastic trip — so much fun packed into just a couple days.|
The UW tour was our first "real" tour. We've wandered around some campuses doing self-guided tours, and Robert has watched some tour videos, but this time we had a guide and a formal program. It remains high on Robert's list and would be a great match for his interests. (David and Lynn wouldn't mind having him in town either.)
With the "business" part of the trip out of the way Thursday morning, we let the fun commence. David Z. and his friend had Seahawks tickets for the Thursday night game that they couldn't use. Robert and I were happy to take advantage of them; Robert even borrowed a jersey for the occasion.
Club level at Lumen Field is very nice! And the walk from their house, on a gorgeous day, was fantastic (Sarah joined us for part of the walk to see the view of Mt. Rainier and the sound).
|The most special part of the trip was Friday morning: we got a tour of Blue Origin. With Robert's interest in aerospace engineering, it was perfect. While we saw lots of cool stuff and Gary was an excellent guide, we can't say much after signing an NDA. If you ever have the opportunity to tour Blue in Seattle, take it — lots of interesting things to see and learn there.|
On the way back, Lynn took us by the Boeing Museum of Flight. The first of many outstanding museum visits crammed into our short trip.
Ask Robert about the Vostok the round capsule a couple photos below when you see him next.
|They have (not too surprising, being a Boeing museum) of the early Air Force Ones; and it's opened up so you can tour inside. While Robert and I were wandering through (Sarah had gone ahead of us with Lynn), another visitor came to explain what everything was. It turns out he was the flight engineer on that plane for five years over a couple administrations (mostly after the plane was turned over to the Department of State for Kissinger's use).|
|After a break at the house to take more pictures of Rainier from the porch, we headed out to the Eqyptian Theater see a movie David and Lynn helped produce: Thin Skin, it was great! and the showing started with Aham playing some music from the film — accompanying himself live on the stage. After the show they took questions; it capped off yet another astounding day. When it's more widely available, it is very heavily recommended.|
|Saturday we started out a little bit later with David taking us to the Pike Place market and then on the Bainbridge ferry. It looked a bit more like Seattle weather, but really it was fine, sprinkled just a little bit (and breezy on the ferry). Of course the views of Seattle and the sound were great.|
|David then took us to Magnolia and Discovery Park to show us the trail named in honor of Lindsay, his first wife. We walked around there for a while, crossing the point and coming back on the beach. Where we saw a regatta, a kayaker surfing on the ocean waves and kite boarders. All of them out enjoying the mid-October weather.|
|On Sunday, we walked over to Seattle Center. First we enjoyed the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop, to those in the know). Check out how the building was constructed around the monorail line. It was pretty interesting to wander through. Lots of Seattle music scene information along with sections on SciFi, gaming, fantasy and horror.|
|After MoPop, we bought tickets for the Space Needle and the Chihulay Garden of Glass. The Space Needle tickets were for later in the day so we started with the glass. It was another astounding sight. The size, variety and amount of cool glass works was very impressive. (The sun poking through didn't hurt.)|
|Since we still had time before going up the Space Needle, we enjoyed the weather and walked over to Lake Union and MOHAI (the Museum of History and Industry). On our way, we had to admire the float planes taking off.|
|To be sure we made it back in time we took a quick Lyft ride back to the Space Needle. Again, the weather was very cooperative.|
|We headed to the airport Monday morning, but not before getting a couple more Rainier photos from the porch. Truly a magically fantastic trip!|