Woke to a grey day and rain. Rain is the norm here in Seattle. Opportune then to head out to the Museum of History and Industry on the side of Lake Union to find out about the peaks and troughs of Seattle’s peoples and economy. A fascinating 2-3 hours spent reading and learning about the initial settlers and their good relationship with the Native American Indians whose chief was ultimately known as Chief Seattle. The rise of the lumber industry, origins of Skid Road (Row), the Klondike gold rush, ship building, mining, Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon – all Seattle based.
Mr L then declared himself somewhat peckish and in need of lunch after his small breakfast of coffee and a doughnut so we took our first trolley bus back up to town. Bowls of chowder from a famous clam chowder establishment in Pike Market abated the lunchtime hunger pangs! With the sun now shining (just) we headed down to the ferry terminal and took a 30 minute ride across the Puget Sound to the island of Bainbridge. A picture perfect little place with a Main Street full of ‘very nice’ shops and cafés. Coffee and cake at the highly recommended Blackbird Bakery and then a stroll on the waterfront walk before heading back to catch the ferry.
By now weary and jaded it was an uphill walk back to our hotel for a brief sojourn prior to stepping forth once again. Dinner tonight was just two blocks down the road on 5th. Reasonable meal and then home to bed.
Tomorrow is our last full day in Seattle 😦