Friday, September 10, 2010

Labor Day Fun Fest, Part II

As you can probably imagine, we were a bit tired after our big day in San Juan Island and Anacortes.  We slept in on Saturday morning and had a breakfast feast.  J2K made blueberry pancakes, L.Rae chopped and diced, I made an egg scramble and J. made espressos.  Our original plan was to go to the flagship REI in Seattle and then find a place to watch the Purdue-Notre Dame game (BOILER UP!), however that plan failed.  We ended up watching the game at home, which was fine since our Boilers lost.

After the game we headed into Seattle, where we started our big downtown adventure.  We started at the flagship REI.  They were having a huge Labor Day Sale and both L.Rae and J2K got great deals on jackets.  REI = success.  We then stopped by MAD Pizza and had fantastic pizza by the slice.  It was just what I needed to refuel for the rest of the day.  J. and I both had slices with pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and garlic.  Yum.

L.Rae was REALLY excited about her purchase.  Which she should have been ... she thought it was on sale for $90, but it was actually on sale for $45!  That's what I call a good deal.

After refueling, we headed over to Olympic Sculpture Park.  Olympic Sculpture Park is a waterfront park in Seattle and part of the Seattle Art Museum.  It is very modern art, with a couple of large sculptures and other smaller art objects scattered throughout the park.

J. and I in front of the Sound.  What is going on with my hair?

The sun setting on the Sound ... it was slightly overcast on Saturday :( 

J2K sitting on benches shaped like eyes

You can't tell ... but the glass panels behind us were so pretty!  They were different shades of blue.

My favorite sculpture from the park ... it's a metal tree!  And you can see the "Eagle" sculpture in the background.

From the park, we headed to Pioneer Square to go on The Underground Tour.  Pioneer Square is considered to be the "birthplace" of Seattle.  The Underground Tour is a guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets.   As you go through the passages that were once the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, the guides regale you with stories of Seattle's first pioneers.  It was really interesting, however our guide was a tad bit on the annoying side.  Oh well.
Our guide, Elke.

On the Underground Tour
(Photos courtesy of J. ... I didn't take a single pic!)

What I really wish I had a picture of was our post-tour, iPhone fest.  The four of us sat on a bench outside of the tour headquarters and were all on our iPhones, looking for somewhere to have dinner on Yelp.  I'm sure it was a sight.  We settled on Olivar in Capitol Hill and off we went.  I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you are ever in Seattle.  It is a tiny little bistro, with murals on the walls and a fantastic menu.  We feasted on Heirloom Tomato Salad with goat cheese, Sea Scallops, Sauteed Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Paella and their white fish special.  We finished off with Chocolate & Almond Pithiviers with Orange Curd for dessert and then headed home.  

Photo courtesy of Olivar's website ... I just love how quaint this building is!

We received Curb Your Enthusiasm, Season 5, Disc 2 in the mail while we were gone on Saturday so we all changed into our pajamas and piled onto the couch to watch Larry put himself in awkward situations.  It was the perfect ending to another great day!  Come back tomorrow to hear about the last day of our adventures!  


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