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I feel like budgeting for a day of museums in Seattle.

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I can take a bus up there on Saturday morning, visit two or three different museums, buy myself some lunch, and take a bus back home in the evening.

This sounds like it could be a lot of fun for me to do once.
 
I love WA state. I wouldn't mind living Olympia. I lived in Ellensburg, a gorgeous college town. Nice people. Yakima was not the best place.
 
I can take a bus up there on Saturday morning, visit two or three different museums, buy myself some lunch, and take a bus back home in the evening.

This sounds like it could be a lot of fun for me to do once.

That sounds awesome. I was in Seattle once and it seemed like a neat city. I'd love to just visit the Sub Pop Records office, really.

I love WA state. I wouldn't mind living Olympia. I lived in Ellensburg, a gorgeous college town. Nice people. Yakima was not the best place.

I was in Olympia for almost a year and it was beautiful. A really cool little city.
 
My daughter spoiled me last winter. She paid for us to ride Amtrak up to Seattle, where we stayed at a very fancy hotel in downtown for three days. She found an amazing online deal on one of the fanciest downtown hotels, right near Pike Place and Pioneer Square, for practically free. I mean the entire bathroom looked like a single marble slab. I bathed in a marble bathtub. The beds were so very firm, but that pillow top had just the right amount of give. It was quite luxurious.

Our first day, after resting a little in the hotel room, we went to Pike Place market and checked out all the groovy little stalls and stands. It was nearly Christmas, so all the multiple floors were all holiday themed. So much hippie, or handmade stuff. Really, really good fresh salmon and jam. We ate at the world's first Starbucks, and were underwhelmed. Our Starbucks kiosk in our local grocery store was light years better than the bland, burnt bean water they offered us at the place where it all started.

It was funny, my daughter made sure to bring gum from home, so she could put it up in gum alley, which is an alley within Pike Place Market. That's the grossest place I maybe have ever been. But really cool too. An entire alley where no matter how far you go, all the walls are coated with inches of used chewing gum wads. Step nimbly! I stayed out of gum alley, watching and enjoying from nearby, as I have a wheelchair, and the last thing I need is gum on my wheels.

Another day, we went to the Space Needle, and enjoyed looking down on the islands of Puget Sound from the rotating glass floor. There's a statue of Chris Cornell, the singer of Soundgarden in front of the museum of pop culture. We didn't go in the museum, but we did buy friendship bracelets from Peruvian folk musicians outside the museum. That was cool. We both wear the bracelets every day since then. We then rode the monorail back to town. Oh my goodness, it was so fast and scary. It felt like it was going to collide with the buildings of downtown.

But it was this tiny gem and fossil store downtown that we liked the best. It was very quiet, and sort of tucked in where most people wouldn't even see it. We got beautiful crystal necklaces on leather cords for each other.

I think my favorite day in Seattle was our "off" day. We stayed in the hotel, resting in our beds. We had food delivered by door dash, and also had Dominos delivered. We swam in the pool in the hotel basement. That night, we watched the fog roll in off the ocean. One by one, the mega skyscrapers disappeared into the milky white. The next morning, there were seagulls swooping outside our window, so we hand fed them pieces of leftover pizza crust. They caught a few pieces midair (mind you we were on the 16th floor.) We left some crust on the windowsill, and the birds nearly came inside the hotel room!

Our hotel stay was so cheap, I found out, because they had lowered the price for a flight attendant and pilot's convention. The whole place was filled with cutely dressed stewardesses, and very stately looking pilots. It felt very 1960s Pan Am. It was so fun.

On the way back to town on the Amtrak, our trip took a lot of breaks at sidings to allow northbound freight trains through. I talked to a conductor and a red cap all about freight trains and hobos. The conductor says that he sights hobos all the time, and he's even seen them on the Amtrak trains. He says that his crew love rail punks and they never ever report them. They have lots of exciting stories about hobos, but I will keep those secret.

I hope you have even more fun than we did. It's a ginormous city, but very very beautiful and so walkable. Enjoy.
 
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Can't say I liked all the rain living year-round, twice in the Seattle area. Edmonds and Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Though we did enjoy the ferry rides to Bremerton, each time I had to see the base optometrist.

Funny, that seems like a million years ago in another life. When the World's Fair put Seattle on the map in 1962. Going up into the Space Needle before the paint had dried.

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