Brandon and I had wanted to go to Seattle for our anniversary but decided to postpone our trip until the weather was a little nicer so that we could enjoy the city a little more. It's been quite awhile since we've had a chance to get away like this and we were very thankful to all of our family who watched and entertained our kiddos while we were gone.
Brandon and I left on Thursday afternoon and met up with Kendra and Andy at their favorite Turkish restaurant for dinner. While we were there we were able to get an early sampling of the amazing humus they will be serving at their wedding. Yummy!!!! Then we drove over to see the apartment that they just leased together. Made us reminiscent of our early days in our one bedroom apartment in Glendora. Those really were simple and fun days just starting out.
The cute couple in their new place!!!
On Friday we spent the day doing touristy things. We started the day with Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. It was so interesting to learn about the history of the Seattle. We learned that Seattle was first settled in the early 1850's but that in 1889 a fire destroyed practically the entire business district in the city. Surprisingly, this may have been a good thing because the city had problems with flooding due to where it was originally built. When the city rebuilt they decided to build retaining walls on both sides of the old streets. They then filled in the middle and paved a new road on top. So, basically now the shop fronts were a story lower than the street level. Over time shops built up making this original 1st floor a basement and the gaps were bridged with the sidewalks that we now walk on. Anyway, all in all it was a very interesting tour.
There was a time when people actually used the tunnels beneath the current streets to get to stores and one of the ways that they lit these tunnels was buy installing skylights like the one in the picture above. In the picture below you can see the skylight from the current sidewalks of the city.
After our tour it was off to Pike's Place Market to get some more flowers!!!
Then we walked to the space needle to check out some views of the city and to enjoy some coffee and kid free conversation before dinner.
On Saturday Morning we checked out the Gas Works Park before meeting up with Kendra and Andy for lunch and then heading home. Gas Works Park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant int he U.S.
While at the park we met some friendly geese and took in some more views of the city.
Then it was home to our little clan who was as happy to see us as we were to see them. It's so great to get away and also so great to come home.