Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part VI): The Seattle Aquarium (CityPASS)

June 4, 2019

The Seattle Aquarium is only a few piers north from the Argosy Cruises. Kevin and I decided, we would go to the aquarium first, because it closes at 5 pm. And then we would have dinner at Ivar’s. At the Seattle Aquarium, we saw a lot of cool sea critters. Most of their families live either right in the Elliot Bay, Puget Sound or in the Northwestern Pacific. Of course, there were also some species from Hawai’i and across the ocean all the way down to Great Barrier Reef. But mainly we learned quite a few facts about the sea creatures close by. First we wanted to the feeding of a Great Pacific Octopus. But our girls rather had other ideas, and wanted to play with sea urchins, sea cucumbers. sea anemones, “Mr. Krabs”, some of “Patrick’s” family and a hermit crab at the “Life on the Edge” exhibit. The girls were so busy and fascinated touching and playing with spongy and stingy animals, they forgot almost about the rest of the aquarium.

The Seattle Aquarium has two big sections. One is with the fish tanks and sea critter interactions; and then there is the second part with the sea bird, sea mammals and the Underwater Dome. This was my first experience, with fish and mammals swimming above my head. At the harbor seal tank, I would hold my hand against the glass. And the harbor seal came as close to me as it could in the water. The sea otters snoozed until it was dinner time for them at 5 pm. The entrance of the aquarium closes at that time. But there is still plenty of time for the visitors to watch the feeding of the otters, and look around for a little bit. It is encouraged slowly making the way to the exit.

Once, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I made our way to the sidewalk at the Waterfront, we got hungry. Our dentist’s receptionist gave me a tip at our last cleaning visit. Since she lived in Seattle, she was telling me about all the little side places. Oh boy, I definitely have to go back to Seattle …. Anyway, she mentioned Ivar’s at Pier 54. Since Katelynn and I love seafood, we had to go there. Even Kevin ordered a dish with shrimp. Sara was more satisfied with having a burger. The “Acres of Clams” was huge and so good. We had berry lemonade with our food. While we ate, we watched the seagulls fighting over some fresh caught fish between two piers. Darn “sea rats” with wings! πŸ˜€

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“Acres of Clam” – Ivar’s at Pier 54

After dinner, we walked back to the monorail, rode to the Seattle Center to get to the parking garage. When we were in our motel in Everett, we weren’t quite ready to rest. So, we went to Denny’s next door. There we all had a milk shake and talked about the adventures we’ve had in Seattle. Katelynn and Sara talked about what they liked best. There are too many “liked best” moments to mention them all in this blog. But we made it possible to see all the CityPASS attractions hassle free in one day. If you being as a tourist with children in Seattle for the first time, I would always recommend the pass. We saved tons of money and we had a plan. Therefore we were not walking around clueless in the city. I know, next time I will get the CityPASS for New York City as well. But this will take longer than one day. πŸ˜‰

… to be continued …

Travel Journal, Day 3: From Vancouver To Everett, Washington

June 3, 2019

Monday morning, Kevin got a phone call from Southwest Airlines which stated that our luggage arrived safe and sound in the SeaTac airport. Knowing that, we decided we make a trip to Mount Saint Helen first. David posted a video about the Lower Lewis River Falls on Facebook in the previous week. And that caught my interest. The falls are just a little bit east of Mount Saint Helen, and can be done in one trip. The phone call ended about ten miles north of the exit on Interstate 5. Kevin and I made a spontaneous decision and back tracked to State Route 503. A little over 60 miles later, we made it to the entrance trail of the falls. It was about a 3-minute-hike, before we reached the overlook. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I tried to find a way down to the river’s edge. But we didn’t want to chance rolling an angle in the middle of the Washington woods. Instead we hiked down the regular trail, to see some flora and fauna.

Here is a short video, I filmed of the gorgeous Lower Lewis River Falls. https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48046148486/in/album-72157705230883495/

On our way back, we went to the Pine Creek Information Center. The lady informed us, where we would have a good view of Mount Saint Helen. And we were lucky. The National Forest Road 25 just got cleared from the last snow and opened on Friday.Β  There are several nice overlooks along NFD 25. A few motorcyclist were standing at one of the parking/viewing areas. One of them told the story about the exploding mountain, when he lived in this area 39 years ago. I overheard him saying, that the blast of the eruption broke his sister’s house windows and they could feel that hot shock wave. They were all lucky to be far enough away to survive it and tell the tales. We all gazed at the Mount Saint Helen and let the story sink in for a moment.

Soon, we’ve reached US 12 and drove back west to Interstate 5, where we were on our way to SeaTac. Picking up our bag was very smooth, and we could soon move on to our motel in Everett, north of Seattle. But first, we’ve got a good climbs of Seattle, before we had dinner and called it a day.

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Seattle, Washington

… to be continued …