On the morning I arrived in Victoria on the way to Seattle, I headed to the park to check out how Spring was coming along! Need I say more? By the way, squirrels seem to find yellow crocus petals delicious. Who knew? I wonder if this squirrel is any relation to a certain cat that enjoys consuming rose petals ;)
The jaunt to Seattle was perfect. Under clear blue skies, we skimmed over still waters to Seattle on the Clipper. After an evening catching up on the Olympic coverage on TV and a good night's sleep (not sleepless in Seattle after all), we were ready to check out Pike Place Market! As we were enjoying our delicious breakfast which was included with our hotel stay, we checked over the map and planned our route. Bonus: Riding Metro Transit is free between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily in Downtown Seattle.
First I stopped at Walgreen's and picked up a jar of Cera Ve cream that Nikki had recommended, which is not available in Canada! Thanks Nikki!
The Crumpet Shop! We picked up a couple of packages of these famous crumpets to take home before heading into the market. It was 10:15 a.m. by this time. Such a colourful place and because it was February, there were not crowds of people, although it did feel like summer!
We hiked up the hill to the Westlake Center Mall station to catch the monorail which was built in 1962 for the Seattle's World Fair...here's a brief history of the Seattle Center Monorail.
The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation's first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center.
Each trip takes two minutes to travel the 1 mile route.
The Seattle Center Monorail is a favorite part of the Seattle skyline and the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project and a host of theatrical and cultural experiences.
Back to the hotel we went for a rest ~ well, my friend had a rest, and I decided to walk back down to the waterfront again and along the various quays. It was too beautiful to stay indoors! After walking for about an hour or so, I hopped on the waterfront bus which delivered me back to the hotel door. It was time for supper and back to the hotel to watch some more of the fantastic Olympics!
Speaking of the Olympics, I became totally hooked while we were in Seattle and really enjoyed watching the rest of the games once I got home. I particularly enjoyed figure skating AND hockey. I'm telling you ...the game between Russia and Canada was so suspenseful, and then the US and Canada game was even more so! I watched that one by myself and you'd think I was on the ice with all the moves I was making! When the US tied the game 2-2 with less than 30 seconds left, I stopped breathing, as I'm sure the rest of Canada did. Fortunately, Sidney Crosby scored the overtime goal giving Canada the gold medal. They were the most thrilling hockey games I have ever watched. I did feel compassion for Ryan Miller, the terrific US goalie because he had played so extremely well and looked so downcast when the goal went by him.