Thursday, May 8, 2008

Seattle at Last

We flew up to Seattle this afternoon, arriving without stress or incident. It is possible that the train actually went all the way through last night, but I never did get a straight answer out of Amtrak and just didn't want to deal with the chaos and uncertainty. As it was, we arrived in Seattle about five hours before the train, and that was after sleeping in my own bed the night before.

Our first stop in Seattle was the Space Needle. I've been wanting to go to the top of it since I was a kid and someone in my small hometown showed slides from a cross-country trip that, as far as I remember, went all the way to Seattle. We took the elevator to the top, and I was suddenly hit with vertigo. I usually don't have any issues with heights, but it seemed to me like everything was slanting away from me and it kind of weirded me out. The view was great, we could see as far as the Cascades but the big mountains, especially Mt. Ranier and Mt. Saint Helens, were shrouded in clouds.

After that we headed to Elliot's Oyster House for dinner. Mom picked this place after reading about it in A Geography of Oysters. Elliot's is serious about their oysters, and the menu has well over two-dozen types available on any given day.

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