Seattle feels like a very livable and lively city, with plenty of neighborhoods to explore, an appealing culture and a fascinating history, all surrounded by ridiculously gorgeous nature, including Mt. Rainier. It's larger than Minneapolis, but has a few similarities to my current city, such as its high literacy rate, beautiful Central Public Library, and (of course!) a great foodie heaven. My family can seriously spend 90% of our vacation time just eating,; we could be on a safari trip in Africa, and all we'd want to do is eat the same gazelle that lion is gnawing on (note to self: Africa trip?). That said, we did find some time to look up from our plates and embark on other activities...
It's almost freaky how I'm always the first one to wake up when I'm on vacation, especially since I used to have to be kicked (literally) by my sister to wake up for school or church. I guess I was still operating on Central Standard Time. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything, except that I would like to gloat about my awesomeness. OK thank you.
Our first stop was Pioneer Square to do the Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. I was surprised at how hilly the city is (how could I have missed that fact from my Wikipedia research beforehand? tsk tsk), and equally relieved that we were driving around my 'rents minivan. The Underground Tour tells the fascinating history of Seattle's crappy days when it was a city built on sea level, and during high tide everything from the sea washed back ashore (think about it: everything that went out, coming back in). Long story short, merchant vs. city = stores built before street level was raised = underground city. It's hard to explain, but fun to explore.
We had lunch @ Red Mill, after it was lauded quite heavily on Man V. Food. I gotta say, though, I've had better burgers. Perhaps it was just because it wasn't prime time (i.e lunch), but the burger wasn't at its peak of perfection. That said, it was a very good burger...it's just that I've also had ridiculously good burgers elsewhere.