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Published: September 4th 2013
Happy Tummy at Duke's
Great sea food, but even better sour dough bread!!!
If I began by relating how we left the house at 5:30 a.m., you would probably not think anything of it. However, if I then told you that we arrived in Seattle at 11:20 a.m., you would immediately realize that for this trip, Stormy is not the primary mode of transportation.
We boarded an American Airlines flight for a 7:35 a.m. flight to Seattle. This is another trip that has been on our "bucket list" of trips. Ever since Cynde's cousin Alicia moved to Federal Way over 20 years ago, we have always talked about this trip. Then Alan and Margaret's son, Alex, moved to Vancouver to attend college. They have been keeping the airlines busy with frequent trips to Seattle and Vancouver and have described the area as just short of paradise. So..... here we go.
Upon arrival, the three of us, Cynde, Terry and I, quickly secured our rental car and headed out on the great passages of the Northwest (the interstate). Siri was along for the ride, and once she realized that she was no longer in Oklahoma, she functioned very well, delivering us directly to our hotel overlooking Lake Union. Our great little two bedroom
Terry and Kenny on the Dock
I was twisting her arm cause I really wanted that yacht! Even if just for the day!
suite is within walking distance (across the street) of the water front. Since our arrival was pre-lunch, we could not check into the hotel, so we parked and headed across the street to explore. The desk clerk had recommended several places for lunch and we settled on Duke's Crab House. A great little restaurant on the water, the specialty, as indicated by their name, was crab. Well, of course I had to have crab cakes. They were great! We all shared the crab cakes, clam chowder, and chopped salad with scallops and prawns. Wow!!! And did I forget to mention all the sour dough bread you could possibly eat. I think that the bread had fermented so much that I actually got a buzz from the two loafs that I ate. But, then, that may have just been the carb buzz!
After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll around the bay, taking in everything there was to see. We watched the sea planes taking off on the bay, toured the Center for Wooden Boats, and shopped for a yacht. I tried to convince Terry to strike a deal to trade her New York house for a nice 65' yacht,
The Iconic Space Needle
This view is about three miles away, just outside our hotel.
but she didn't think it would float on the canal, thus it would be of no use to her. I mentioned Lake Eufaula, but the suggestion still didn't float! We did visit with a very friendly yacht salesman who gave us some great suggestions on where to go and what to do. He strongly suggested that we take the Clipper Ship Cruise from Puget Sound out on the ocean for a whale watching tour and then even suggested a great dinner spot after the day's excursion.
We headed back to the hotel to check in, settle in, and of course, nap. We ended the day with a trip to WalMart for supplies, dinner in our great little kitchen and dinning room, a dip in the hot tub, and an early bed time. Of course, we are two hours earlier in Seattle than in OKC, so 10 p.m. here felt like midnight to all of us weary travelers.
Tomorrow will be a day spent seeing the sights of downtown and the bay area with cousin Alicia. Alicia, by the way, is Cynde's Uncle Alan's eldest daughter. Uncle Alan is Cynde's dad's younger brother. Confused?? I stay that way.
In Seattle, Life is Good!
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