We had a great Shabbos here in Seattle. We met our new friends Chanan and Sarah, who it turns out are friends with our Las Vegas friends Micha and Tehilla, who in turn also know Kent and Bracha here in Seattle, whom we’ve known for 15 years of so. Small world!
Saturday night there was a pretty bad storm, and the neighborhood lost power for 12 hours or so. This was a big deal for folks living here, but for us it was a non-event since we weren’t plugged in anyway. We are going to need to plug in or run the generator soon, as the constant cloud cover is reducing our solar panel harvest.
This morning, the sun came out for 30 minutes or so, and I was so excited I was jumping up and down in the RV. A local told me that Seattle has the lowest average lumens of any major city in the US. It gets a little depressing.
Late this morning we drove into downtown. After driving around for a bit, we found a parking spot and walked over to the Space Needle:
The area has some interesting sculptures:
Getting nice photos with M is never easy, as he can’t just stand still:
Seattle has bike kiosks where for $8 a day one can rent one of these slightly more green than celeste bikes. There’s even a closet at the end of the aisle that contains sanitized helmets for use with the bikes:
We walked down to the Olympic Sculpture Park to view what passes for art these days:
It started to rain pretty hard:
After a nice lunch at the Bamboo Garden, we again found a parking spot and walked down to the waterfront:
From there, we walked over to the Pike Place Market:
The famous gum wall, where thousands of tourists have left their chewing gum on the alley walls:
This fellow paints customer’s names by creating a Chinese art scene for each letter:
I love the cobblestone streets:
It was a long day with quite a bit of walking, and it confirmed that I still hate being in an urban setting.