Seattle to Jellystone

20 10 2009

Successfully surviving another coach journey without being beheaded, we arrived in Seattle late afternoon. We happened to arrive on the first Thursday of the month – Free Thursday in several city museums and galleries so spent the evening at the Experience Music Project. A Good museum, strangely combining Jimi Hendrix exhibitions and a Science Fiction Museum!

We had a few days in the city as we couldn’t get a cheap flight out until after the weekend. We found out first hand why Seattle is known as Rain City so spent a lot of time indoors – Pike Place market mooching around 2nd hand book shops, eating fish and ice cream but avoiding the evil Starbucks on every corner!

Zoe's ideal stall, Pike Place Market, Seattle

On Saturday I dragged Zoë out to Everett to visit the Boeing Factory for a tour of the Worlds Largest Building to see some fancy new planes being built – the first 747-8 and the first 787’s – Number 1 still parked up in the airstrip parking lot waiting for its first flight! I think Zoë secretly enjoyed it and now wants to learn to fly!

Zoë went on an Underground tour of the city while I satisfied my bookshop cravings. Most of Seattle was burnt to the ground in the Great Seattle Glue fire of 18-something and Zoë learnt all about the sewage, sawdust and sewing circles that made Seattle the city it is today!

On Monday we flew down to Las Vegas as this is where the cheap flights go! We picked up our hire car – another free upgrade this time thanks to my pernickety refusal to take the car we’d booked as it was only 11/12th’s full of petrol!

After about 3 hours of queueing for cars, hotel check-in etc.. we made it to our massive suite – probably 6 times bigger than our shared bunk-bed room in Seattle and half the price!

Of all the 7 deadly sins you could probably partake in while in Vegas, we chose Gluttony, having intentionally starved ourselves all day in anticipation of the Bellagio buffet! 2 litres of Ginger Ale, 4 coffees, 6 slices of pizza, roast turkey, sirloin steak, several pieces of baked salmon and Chilean sea bass, 5 spears of asparagus to satisfy my 5-a-day, sushi, king crab legs and lots of weird uncooked experimental stuff for Zoë, peanut butter brownies, apple pie and two belt holes later, we’d got our money’s worth and staggered home – now walking as slowly as all the waddling Americans who’d annoyed us so much in our rush to get to dinner earlier!

12 hours later we enjoyed an unnecessary breakfast and hit the road, next stop Yellowstone National Park..

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