We assumed crossing into the USA for a 3 month period for personal travel would have instigated a rather thorough line of questioning and perhaps even a vehicle search. We aren’t sure whether we have our travel history or pale complexion to thank, but the crossing was quick and painless.
In Seattle we spent five days with Dan’s ex-Waterloo roommate Ilya and his fiancée Erin. We had a fantastic visit, balancing tons of great meals with some local culture, a little bit of exercise, and just enough Hulu/Netflix to get us through another few weeks of camping.
On our first night we caught the “witch rock” band Hex from New Zealand playing a small but solid show at The Funhouse (https://witchesofthehex.bandcamp.com/). On Friday we attended a burlesque show at The Can Can, featuring some rather complex and acrobatic choreography, and a lady who wrote a song from the Twilight movie (http://www.thecancan.com/). Saturday we spent the afternoon at the Museum of Popular Culture, checking out their horror and sci-fi collections, the Nirvana exhibit, and tested our musical muscle memory in the Sound Lab.
Ilya and Erin guided us to amazing restaurants for eggs benedict, Malaysian food, tacos, real pork broth ramen, and local oysters. In hopes of burning at least a few calories, on Friday we spent the afternoon wandering Discovery Park.
From there we checked out the Ballard Locks, which features a salmon ladder that simulates the upstream journey for the pacific salmon. Along with the nearby crowd, we cheered whenever a fish was able to make the jump up to the next level.
We also hopped over to Fremont Brewery to fill up our growler – they have taken the lead in the race for cheapest growler fill at $8. Wendy soon discovered that the Fremont Troll, of 10 Things I Hate About You fame, was nearby. A quick photo stop was mandatory.
On Sunday we wandered the Ballard farmer’s market, got drenched in a brief downpour, and then tried out virtual reality games for the first time!
Our last night in Seattle was on a Sunday, so… Grilled Cheese Sunday! Diavolo Grilled Cheese version 2: hot Calabrese salami, pickled hot peppers, pizza sauce, and mozzarella and cheddar and gruyere cheeses on rosemary bread!