Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Rest of the Crap I Did in Seattle

I'm just going to try to wrap the rest of it up in this last post. I'm helping a friend with a query tomorrow and Friday, and then perhaps we'll get into other things next week. We'll see.

First I have an announcement: the winner of Tawna Fenske's Making Waves is Heather M. Gardner. She got 4000 points, so it was basically a mathematically forgone conclusion. I have your email address, Heather, so I'll be in touch about your snail mail address. Thanks for playing, everyone.

Okay. So, back to Seattle. We did lots of different things, some of it very touristy like visiting the Space Needle and touring Pike Place Market, and other stuff more personal, like visiting my cousin in beautiful Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula (it's not far from Port Angeles for you Twilight lovers).

So here are some more photos, in random order:


The girls and I in front of the Market.


This photo pisses me off because Mount Rainier was prominent and majestic, hovering behind the city to the right, but you can't see it at all in this photo.


Madison with a silver statue man outside the market.


Madison in front of the Post Alley wall of ABC gum. Disgusting. In case you haven't figured it out yet, Kylie is shy like her dad, and Madison is a ham sandwich.


Madison playing giant chess in Occidental Park, against a street person. I didn't give her any help, and she lost, but you can learn just as much from losing as you can from winning, sometimes more. Right, Ted?


Tree huggers.


That's the Chief Seattle fireboat, but more importantly this is what it looks like outside Ivar's where you give your french fries to the gulls. I thought Andrew would like this, because he likes gulls.

Funny story: the day we were walking to the monorail, I literally saw a gull trying to bomb Kelly. I told her to watch out, she jumped back, and the bird shit seriously would have hit her if I hadn't saved the day. I'm her hero.


Once There Were Birds.


This is a sculpture outside the Science Museum.


This one's a little blurry, but I helped Madison make this shirt with bubble paint for when we finally went to see Harry Potter.


This is basically the view from my dad's house. Looking at this really makes me hate Georgia.


Finally a decent photo of Mount Rainier.


What a beautiful city.


This thing is called the Fremont Troll. You can't see it, but it has a Volkswagen in its hand.


This is a plaque outside the elevator to the grid inside the Seattle Opera House. Marcus Rush was my dad. Rest in peace, pop.


This is this really weird but kind of awesome old fort in Port Townsend. You would think it was from World War II, what with the war in the pacific and everything, but it was built around 1911. I don't know who we were scared of then, but it makes for a cool place to explore.

And that's it. Is that enough photos for you guys? Sorry the post is so long, but I wanted to squeeze the rest in, so we could move on to other things ... like, oh I don't know, talking about writing.

Anyway. Have a great Wednesday, all!

43 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Looks like you had a great time! :) Thanks for sharing. :)

Siv Maria said...

Great pictures! My family lives in Seattle so I have been to these places many times. Did you go to the falls and the hotel where Twin Peaks was filmed?

Sarah said...

I love these pictures. I've always wanted to go to Seattle because I've heard so many wonderful things about it.

Jessica Bell said...

For some reason Seattle is the first place I have in my mind when I think of traveling to the US. Great pics. Makes me want to visit even more!

Emily White said...

Seattle looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, Matt!

aspiring_x said...

oh man! it looks like you guys had sooooo much fun! your madison is a character! my folks lived in seattle for a bit. the thing i loved about that area when i visited was the quantity of moss that covered like everything. :)

Shain Brown said...

It appears you couldn't have had a better time. Seattle has never been a place I thought of visiting,until now.Thanks for sharing.

maine character said...

Looks like you covered everything - thanks for taking us along.

Old Kitty said...

Why are the trees wrapped up in woolly scarves!?!?!? LOL!!!

Awwww what a wonderful city!!! I'd always wanted to see Seattle since Frasier so this is a great opportunity to have a sneaky peak at this fine city!

Glad to see your dad's name in full!

And those are really chewing gum people spit up and pasted on a wall?!?! Why?? LOL!

Hooorah for Madison and Kylie! And Sea Gulls and that mountain and the sea!

Take care
x

Sommer Leigh said...

I love these pictures! Seattle is wonderful.

Donna K. Weaver said...

You got to see the fish throwers at Pikes? *jealous* Someday I'd love to watch that in person. The video's amazing.

I did some military training in Georgia (and my great grandfather's family's from there). I'll take the West Coast any day. =D

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, these are great pics. That view from your dad's is AMAZING and I love the troll! Interesting on the fort--I think though, forts had double duty--both protection and trade, and there was probably some thought that since Seattle is sort of a 'corner' of the US there might be need for that reason... I don't know the Native American history immediately there, either, but that might be another fear--my grandpa could be a pretty nasty biggot on that particular topic, and I suspect he had SOME reason for it--whether experiences as a homesteader or stories (or it could be those nutty Canadians)

Sarah Pearson said...

What a fantastic holiday you had. I love the troll. And the fort. And the gulls. And that big-ass mountanin. And...well, you get the idea. This is obviously somewhere I would like to visit :)

Jess said...

Looks like such a fantastic vacation~ fun times, great views! I especially like the tree hugger photo :) I tagged you for a meme over at my blog. Feel free to do it or not~ I know you've got a busy line-up, so no worries.

Derek Gentry said...

Very nice pics. Looks like you had some beautiful weather!

Theresa Milstein said...

Looks like a nice trip. I've always wanted to visit Seattle.

The Boston Children's museum has a giant chess set too!

Pam Torres said...

I'm so glad the weather cooperated while you were here. We've been having the worst summer ever. It's freakin' cold today. I might as well bring out the winter turtlenecks. Looks like you hit many of our claims to fame. Thanks for sharing.

Michael G-G said...

Do we have to talk about writing all the time? (I know, I know, I'm the prime offender.) But I actually liked your focus on the family.

And you were so lucky: you were in the Pac NW for our one week of summer!! (Although I can see a wisp of blue sky this morning. Perhaps we'll hit 70 degrees if the stars align.)

Andrew Smith said...

Sweet, Matthew!

Michael Offutt said...

Awww. It's too bad you missed the photo of Rainier. It's rare when you get to see the mountain because of the weather. But on a clear day, it's huge.

Kelly said...

Great photos of your trip, Matthew! Wonderful memories for your family.
I love the HP tshirt your daughter made! AWESome!

Em-Musing said...

Ditto loving Seattle. When I first went there I thought I'd died and gone to coffee heaven! Beautiful family too.

Carol Riggs said...

Congrats to Heather! and thanks for sharing your fun pics. Nice to see gorgeous NW photos, and see you and your family enjoying the summer. :)

Lydia K said...

Um, was that tree wearing...a tree cozy? Wow, they love their trees in Seattle! Thanks for sharing the picts. Looks like you had a great time!

Christina Lee said...

AWWW Hi Matt and Matt's girls!!! *waves and squeezes all of you* My favorites are the red sculpture and troll (AWESOME)!!

Ted Cross said...

Very true, though with the number of times I have lost you'd think I would be much better by now!

It's great seeing some pictures of you and your family.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great photos! Not going near that gum wall on a hot summer day.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

That view is amazing, even without Mt. Rainier.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi mr matthew! wow a plaque with your dads name on it. how cool is that! im just real sorry he died. all those pics are soooo neat. i like the fire boat and gulls and that troll is scary. thanks for sharing out your cool trip.
...hugs from lenny

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I've a Lego model of the Space Needle! Hehe. Awesome photos, looks like you had a great time :D

Peggy Eddleman said...

Those pictures are amazing! So many cool places! And that ABC wall is incredible. The jury's still out on exactly WHAT KIND of incredible, but incredible nonetheless.

Barbara Kloss said...

That was awesome! I LOVED looking through those. (ps compared to Seattle, hatred well placed,) Looks like you guys had tons of fun - I want that chess set. Where to put...where to put...?

Welcome home! - to GEORGIA!! *snicker snicker*

Equalz said...

Really nice pictures, looks like seatle is the place to be.

coneforce said...

look's like lot of fun!!...nice blog you have here...keep the good work...followed!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome pictures. I enjoyed looking at them. You captured a lot of great scenery and family pictures. Sounds like a fun vacation.

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. Your girls are lucky to have a daddy like you!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I haven't been to Seattle since I was a teen. We had to go there to become landed immigrants in Canada. Yeah, I don't get it either.

Great photos. Looks a lot like Vancouver.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been to all of those places! My best friend used to live in Seattle. Nice photos! Ones from the Space Needle are always fun. We went up at night and I had no tripod. Managed to get a few good shots, even at a fifteen second exposure, including one in B&W that I posted on Deviant Art. Did you go to the aquarium, too? And I wonder if that really exotic bookstore is still in the Pike's Market area?

Melodie said...

Oh, now I am Seattle-sick! We lived there for three years and if it wasn't for the traffic, never would've left. The beach at Port Townsend is one of my most favorite places on earth!! Glad you had a great time.

LTM said...

Hey! Very cool. Mt. Ranier! And look at your GROWN KIDS!!! wow. Looks like you guys had a ball. Those statue-people creep me out. But so do the giant seagulls folks get on the West Coast.

I have a HS friend who lives in Seattle now. She moved from BR to Austin and fell in with a bunch of Seattle types. They are mind-boggingly full of civic pride. I hope to visit one day... :D <3

LynNerd said...

Wow, your vacation pics rock! Good thing you saved Kelly from that gull. Whew! And that wall of ABC gum? Who woulda thunk? Your girls are so cute. And I bet they think their dad is pretty darn cool. Also, that plaque in honor of your dad is pretty awesome. I enjoyed your pics. Makes me want to go to Seattle someday. Oh, and the troll, that's somethin' else!

Angela Ackerman said...

Wow, beautiful pictures. When can I come down and visit your dad? I'm sure he wouldn't find that awkward or weird...right?

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

A Daft Scots Lass said...

What a Brilliant time you had! Such awesome pix