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    McDuff's Alaska Trip - Part 1 in Seattle

    Ok Folks, I am finally done, well as done as I'm gonna get since my report turned into a novel. It is long enough that I thought I better break it up into 2 parts, because it is going to be pic heavy. We spent 5 days in Seattle as well as 7 on the ship, so we had fun in both places and I wrote about both of them.

    So without further adieu; (probably be some editing going on, if I remember right, there is a limit to pic count per post)

    Our 20th Anniversary Alaskan Cruise:

    Tues - flying, ate at westin
    We flew out of DFW on American, since this was our special trip, I used air miles to get us in 1st class, man that will spoil a person. I breezed thru security, the simplest I ever had, minimal hand pats and only 2 swabs. Ironically, my wife went thru the "puffer" and set off all kinds of bells. They then patted her down twice, went thru her luggage 3 times, swabbing everything, the machine did not like any of it. They finally called a specialist, his shirt even said "Bomb Specialist" on it. He must be the interview specialist because I watched him as he was talking and his eyes never stopped moving and he was holding her hands, watching for any weirdness on her part. They finally decided that the machine was giving false output, as 2 other people got pinched too. What a way to start a trip. :-)

    The flight was fine, ate breakfast and watched a movie. I was loaded on on the aisle chair of course, but they knew what they were doing so wasn't too bad. I rented a minivan from Wheelchair Getaways, and they met us at the airport and helped load up our luggage and waalaa we were in Seattle.

    Back when I was deciding where to stay, one of my brothers happened to be at our house and said "you want to use some of my hotel points?(he travels a lot)", I said hell yes if you're serious. So we wound up on the 35th floor of the downtown Westin hotel with a pretty sweet view. We just ate at the hotel and took it easy this day.





    wed - monorail, space needle, ray's boathouse
    The reason we went up early, the cruise was from saturday to saturday, is because we have a niece who lives in Seattle. She is actually my great-niece and is 22 yrs old, her mom was more like another little sister than a niece because she is only 8 yrs younger than me. She is a beautiful young lady and a joy to be around.

    She took off work on wednesday to visit all day. So we did the touristy things that a local never does. She had never been on the monorail or the Space Needle, the monorail only runs from downtown to the Needle, and was built for the Worlds Fair they had back in the 60's. It was very wheelchair friendly, a couple of coaches had empty spots for chairs. We ate lunch in the revolving restaurant, decent food but nothing great. Views were great though.

















    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    We went back to the room and both ladies sacked out for awhile and then went out for dinner. We ate at Ray's Boathouse, maaannnn was that some good seafood. My niece is a foodie so she knows the good spots. The view was great also.









    thurs

    We picked up our niece and drove all around Seattle, just taking in the sights. The big stop was the Chittenden Locks system that connect the bay with Lake Union. Supposedly this is where a couple of the Deadliest Catch boats reside offseason, but none were there. I'm a big kid when it comes to things like this, and they had a glass panel salmon ladder system so the fish could get back upstream and you get to watch them do it. We also saw a seal swim into the big lock when open to seaside, he chased salmon all the way to the closed end and then started chowing down, salmon were bustin' water everywhere and he was coming up and getting them off the top. It was fun to watch, he then swam back out the open end as a ship was coming in, evidently this was a routine for him and he knew to get out before it closed up.













    Troll Street was fun.









    fri - lecosho lunch

    We went to the Public Market area, where the Pikes Market( the place where they throw the fish all around) and at least a hundred other shops abide. It was kinda fun, but it was very crowded, all kinds of ugly butts in my face, brick street and big slopes made it not so fun in a chair. But it was all good. We met up with the niece later and she led us to another good restaurant, Lecosho, damn… I had the "fnblt" and it was in the top 3 of blt's ever.









    I had not even got on the ship yet and was gaining weight. sheesh.
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    So cool!!!

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    Thank you for posting these pics! I lived in Seattle MANY years ago and your pictures brought back such great memories, especially Ray's Boat House! My all time fav restaurant in Seattle!!

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    Way nice, good job!! Its been awhile since we visited Seattle looks like the weather treated you nice..look forward to part II. Maybe III?

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    Thanks Folks,

    Yes, the weather was perfect, Seattle was setting a new record for days in a row with no rain. My wife kept saying "I could live here", my niece said "ahhh, you need to see what it's *really* like around here most times".
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    Enjoyed the pictures very much.....

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