AM EST and ended with a 3-1 victory by the Mets over Seattle at 10 PM PST. Long day, but definitely worth it!
After successfully navigating the all nighter in order to make the flight (5:30 out of LGA), we made it to Seattle through Houston with little problem (that is if you don't count a couple of screaming babies on the flight.) Little sleep was garnished on the flight but we made it to Seattle around noon PST.
After checking in at the residence, we took a little mini tour of the Emerald City, having the best Italian Meal that has ever graced our lips. Kudos out to the one man staff and one chef at Cafe Bengodi at 700 1st Avenue in Seattle. If you are in the area, definitely recommend the lasagna!
A little more of the Emerald City followed with a walk through by the Seaport, famous Pike's Fish Market and a viewing of the original Starbucks (line out the door).
It was close to game time, so as visitors would have it, it was time for our first pint of the day. A trip to the local Elysian Fields was on the agenda, where Sean had a Seattle Cider (less sweet then your normal cider, such as Magners but amazing), and Seth had a local brew of choice. A great place, right near Safeco and what fantastic staff.
Game time soon approached so we made our way to Safeco a couple of hours before the first pitch. Watched some batting practice with David Wright taking cuts for the Mets, took some pictures with the Mariner Moose and got our certificates for our first time in Safeco.
While our seats were in the upper deck we made our way to the Bleachers and the Beer Garden within Safeco where we made some great new friends. Eschewing our seats we stayed in the beer garden the entire game, watching the Mets come out with a 3-1 victory behind the great pitching of Jacob DeGrom. On our way home we got some great advice on the future parks in our tour (Dodger Stadium, Anaheim, Oakland, AT&T, and Petco) from the locals here in Seattle.
Our first day was a long one (up for 35 out of a possible 40 hours) but we are about ready and excited (after a great nights sleep at our AirBnB house) to start day #2 in Seattle. A bit on the rainy side and very cloudy, but what else would you expect from a Seattle morning.
Looking forward to the rest of our trip and we'll be updating our page!
If you are in one of the cities that we are visiting, please let us know as we'd love to meet up with you.
When weather is mentioned in the same breath as Seattle, rain and cloud cover are generally part of the equation and day two was the image that you would have in your head. While Day 1 was picturesque with a fantastic night for baseball, Day 2 was more in line with that original image as clouds and rain dominated the skies of Seattle.
After a tremendous night of rest (which was much needed) and no baseball game on the schedule (it was originally supposed to be a travel day), the guys headed out to explore what the Emerald City had to offer, but before Seth had a little "issue" with his wardrobe.
As we were getting off the "Link" (Seattle's Mass Transit System), a woman tapped Seth on the back and said "Excuse me sir, you have a six inch rip in your shorts that you might want to take care of." After closer examination, Seth realized that his boxers were in full view for all the world to see, and that a quick trip to Old Navy would be necessary to rectify the situation.
Next stop.... the EMP museum to take in the Rock and Roll Experience! Thank you very much to all our loyal followers for the suggestion.
Remember the rain that was mentioned before? Well it was coming down in buckets by the time Seth got his new shorts. So we decided to take the monorail to the EMP museum. (A little side note....the monorail in Seattle, built at a cost of approximately $160 million dollars, has only two stops...and goes for about a mile. Seattle has a cost of approximately $125 for each person that actually has taken the monorail since it opened for the worlds fair in 1965.)
So onto the monorail we go! However, in the buckets of water coming down....the transformer for the monorail has caught fire! Yes....caught fire! So the monorail is down, umbrellas are purchased, and the journey continues onto the EMP museum a little over a mile away.
The EMP museum offered insights into the performing arts, both inside and out of Seattle, with fantastic exhibits on Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Horror and Fantasy Movies and much more. An absolutely amazing museum, and something you really don't see in NYC. So happy that our listeners mentioned this place. Thank you again.
While baseball stadiums are the crux of this trip, we are making a point to visit with many of our friends and family along the way. Some of these friends have not been seen in decades. After taking a glance at the Space Needle, one of Seth's childhood friends, Sean Gallagher, met us for a drink and some nachos as we watched the Mets go from potential perfect game by Bartolo Colon, to just squeeking out a victory. Another win in the books for the Metsies. Of course in the middle of the meal, we got a surprise. Seth's better half, Carly Fink, posted the Bert and Ernie picture that now highlight's the website. What a great picture, thank you Carly!
One cannot go to Seattle without seeing footprints of Bill Gates or Microsoft and our trip is no exception. While walking to dinner we ran into the headquarters for the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, along with its museum. Being the cultured people that we are, we stopped in and explored the museum. What the Gates foundation is doing across the globe is absolutely tremendous (trying to rid the world of tuberculosis and providing more than $200 billion with a "B" in grants every year for the betterment of society). It was a worthwhile and humbling stop.
Amazon was our next stop to pick up Sean's cousin Melysa Madjan for some dinner. It is always great to see "Mo" and Greg and this was no exception. Amazing as it seems, with Little Italy in New York, Seattle seemed to have better Italian food than NYC. Strange tidings indeed.
With no game on Wednesday and a casino three blocks from the residence (yes with $5 tables), we decided to sit down and play a little blackjack and Pai Gao for the evening. After a couple of hours of going up and down, and a 6:45 AM flight to San Fran on Thursday, it was time to pack up the belongings and turn in.
Leaving Seattle, marking off state 46 in Sean's quest for 50, it's been a great start to the roadtrip. Come away with a greater appreciation for the Northwest Corner of the United States, we met some really nice people along the way, saw some great sites, two Mets wins, and Seth got a new pair of shorts! What more can you ask for?
Thursday starts the second leg of the trip, Oakland/San Fransisco, with the A's playing the Astros in our first day game. Can't wait to visit with Rachel Melendrez, Carly Fink and others! If you are in San Fran or Oakland and want to meet up, or have suggestions on things to do, please let us know!