Kurt Cobain, Is That You?

We ended our day in Seattle by dining at a wonderful restaurant called the Crow (www.eatacrow.com) with our good friends that moved to Seattle from here in Park City. Along with an impressive bar menu (Whenever I leave Utah anything is an impressive bar menu, but this really was one!) the menu offered many delectable items. I decided to partake in the King Salmon since I was near the open waters and needed to fulfill my seafood cravings. It was delicious. Follow that up with an impressive dessert, a glass of Prosecco, all the walking we did and this girl was more than ready for bed. The next day saw us at the EMP Museum (http://www.empmuseum.org). According to their website, "EMP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time." That all sounds very cool, and the museum certainly lived up to its name.


We started our tour of the museum by visiting the Star Wars Costumes Exhibit. There were literally dozens of amazing costumes from all of the movies, from Luke Skywalker to Chewbacca. My son is a huge fan and this exhibit really held his attention. The other exhibit that certainly held his attention was the room with all the video games in it. It was like walking into a life-size Mindcraft Game. There was begging and pleading to get him out of that room.

While my son was busy in the Mindcraft room, I wandered over to the hallway that was filled with Nirvana goodies. This Seattle based band was and still is one of my favorites. As I wandered the halls and looked at guitars, sheet music, cool photos from when the band was on tour, I could have sworn the ghost of Kurt Cobain was joining me on my tour. If you are a fan, do not miss this museum.

The EMP Museum has so much to offer every member of the family. We spent a lot of time in the Jam rooms. We were able to be "in-studio" while practicing our vocals, playing the drums, guitar and keyboards. Now mind you, I am so not ready to try out for the Voice. However, it was a treat to watch Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 in a music video projected on a movie theater-sized screen. Of course we all had to dance and sing along. Don't worry, the rest of the crazy tourists were doing the same.

With our time in Seattle coming to a close, we bid farewell to the museum and it's helpful staff. One more stop in Cannon Beach, OR and we were on our way back to Park City!

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Until My Next Adventure,

P.A. Walker

From the Space Needle to the Gum Wall - An Adventurous Day in Seattle

We woke up to a warm and sunny Seattle day.  That kind of sounds fake, doesn't it?  Warm and sunny in Seattle, you betcha!  We mapped out our itinerary for the day, grabbed some breakfast and walked from our hotel to the check-in kiosk at the Space Needle.  I highly recommend buying tickets on-line for the Space Needle, as the lines can get long especially in the summer.  Buying on-line allows you to bypass the ticket line and head right inside to show your bar code and ride the elevator all the way to the top of the 605 foot structure.  After growing up in New Jersey and spending a lot of time riding to the top of both the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, the ride to the top of the Space Needle didn't seem all that long or impressive.  However, when we stepped out of the elevator, the views were amazing.  All around you, you can see water and snow-capped mountains.  It wasn't particularly clear enough to see through the cloud layer and get a good view of Mt. Rainier.  I had been to the Space Needle when I was about 18, but guess I never realized just how impressive Mt. Rainier is.  I decided to do a little research and saw that this massive 14,000+ foot volcano is actually termed a dangerous super-volcano. Now doesn't that just make you feel comfortable?  I guess the millions of Seattle/Tacoma residents just put that right out of their minds.  To me, the beauty and recreational opportunities of living here far outweigh the risk of the volcano. SpaceNeedle

After the Space Needle, I was able to accomplish another first (hang on as there were several on this particular day) - heading into the Chihuly Glass Gardens.  Spectacular was the first word to pop into my mind when I saw this amazing collection of glass works by Dale Chihuly.  After spending a bit of time reading about this artist, I came to realize that I have seen his work featured in both Salt Lake City and the ceiling inside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.  Words cannot describe the beauty of this artist's work.


The second "first" for the day was heading down to Pike Place Market and into the Le Panier French Bakery.  Wow, the food in here was delicious.  I spent several years living in Belgium, so was able to be blessed to go to Paris quite a bit.  The bakery was like stepping back in time to my years over there.  The bread and macaroons were beyond divine.  We had grabbed some cheese from the next door cheese factory Beecher's (www.beechershandmadecheese.com ) and combined with the bread and macaroons, a day spent in heaven was what we experienced.  When I travel outside of Utah, I am always amazed at how much better the food is for some reason. Is this due to scenery, better chefs, I am just not sure.  All I know is I was able to enjoy the best food I have had in a very long time.

20150610_124941No trip to Seattle would be complete without checking out the Gum Wall near the Pike Place Market.  According to Wikipedia, The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market.  Similar to Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, the Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet.


As our day came to an end, visions of a delicious dinner swam in my thoughts.  Alas, we will save that for the next post!

Until My Next Adventure,

P.A. Walker