The ferry, the city, the EMP

All my life, going to “the city” meant a 2-3 hour drive along screamingly terrifying interstates.

Now, it’s a short drive followed by a leisurely ride on the Washington State Ferries. MUCH better. We’re lucky to have family who live in the city, too, so we have a landing pad for expeditions there.

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The ferries are drive-on. Once you’ve parked your car, you get out and exit to the passenger deck. People, these ferries are huge. A lap around their decks is bigger than the track at my local Y. There are bathrooms, vending machines, hundreds of armchairs and booths, a cafe, even a bar on board each one.

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Mimi always wants a package of Red Vines as her “ferry ride treat,” then settles down to watch the view. And the view is worth watching.

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Space Needle!

This time we were there to spend the night with the relatives. In the afternoon of our arrival, they took us to the EMP. That’s a museum in Seattle Center devoted to movies and music. Something nice about it is that it isn’t exactly large, but it packs a big punch. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting the city with older children (it was intense enough that Mimi, at five, was a little scared by some galleries) or who just likes to have fun. It’s right by the Space Needle and the Chihuly museum, so there’s lots to do right there.

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There was a special Star Trek exhibit on. I used to be a hard-core Trekker, so I was delighted.

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Where am I? (answer: Jefferies tube)

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THAT SHIRT. Amirite?

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And behind the EMP is the world’s most bananas playground. It looks like something out of Dr. Suess.

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I 100% guarantee that any kids who were “super tired” inside the museum will perk right up.

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And the next morning, after a lot of booze and a lot of crazy-rich food, home again. Goodbye, Seattle. See you next time.

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