Monday, September 29, 2014

Trip to Seattle

Right after we finished the school year last spring, Capt. N & I took a short trip to Seattle simply because I wanted to. We had so much fun. I enjoy my children, a lot. And, I'm most comfortable when we're all under one roof. But, it sure was nice having one on one time with my oldest.

The deal was I would go pretty much anywhere he wanted to go, as long as he didn't complain about the places I wanted to go. We each chose a couple places to visit.

We didn't get an early start to our trip since I was still trying to decide for sure if we should go even up until the morning we left. And, I decided I should get the oil changed in my car before we left town. So, we did that, grabbed lunch & finally were on our way. A few hours later we safely arrived at the hotel for a great start to our trip.

:: DAY 1 ::
The first stop after checking into the hotel was the Woodland Park Zoo. We hadn't been there in years. It was as great as I remembered.

Woodland Park Rose Garden
While visiting the zoo our car was parked in the same parking lot as the Rose Garden, so we took a quick stroll through it.

Drive to the Hotel
Seattle has a very nice skyline. I asked Capt. N to take a pic for me since I was driving. This is what I got. You can just barely make out the Space Needle below the head rest.

:: DAY 2 ::
Seattle Aquarium
First stop on today's agenda was the place Capt. N most wanted to visit.

I loved the artwork...

... and the animals.

The Pike Street Hillclimb
From the aquarium we walked towards Pike Place Market via the Pike Street Hillclimb. I'll admit, with all those stairs, it's not the most easy walkin' I've ever done.

Before heading to The Market, I thought I'd show something to Capt. N that he would think is super cool - The Gum Wall. Except he didn't think it was all that cool.

Capt. N was more impressed with the bikes upstairs on the way to The Market than he was with the gum.

Pike Place Market opened in 1907 & it's still super cool. We didn't have a lot of time, so we just explored the top level. The whole building, though, has great atmosphere. The building is old & even a bit spooky, the vendors come in all flavors & the street musicians are fabulous.

Of course, there are the fish markets. This is the one that throws the fish. Highly entertaining!

There are many produce vendors, too.

Fun addition added to the colorful carrots.

I even noticed a pasta vendor.

Before heading to a different part of Seattle, we ate lunch at Pier 58 right on the waterfront. Capt. N chose a burger & fries.

Pacific Science Center
 Next we headed to the Seattle Center to finish off our day of fun.

For months Capt. N has been wanting to see the Imax movie Islands of Lemurs. Lucky for him it was playing at the Pacific Science Center, so we watched it.

We only spent a few minutes admiring the gigantic solar powered, humming flowers but they were awesome.

This was the place I really wanted to visit on our trip. It was great!

Located right in the Seattle Center, not far from the Chihuly Garden is where we ate dinner at Mod Pizza. It was delish, just the way pizza should be.

Before heading back to the hotel we thought we'd search for a geocache. The app said there was one at this pole, but we never found it. Darn.

:: DAY 3 ::
Our final day of fun was in Tacoma & needed to be done quickly because I had to get back home to take Mr. T to a rehearsal for his violin recital the next day. But, we did manage to squeeze in one last bit o' fun.

Artwork I enjoyed. Capt. N thought it was ok.

 More fabulous Chihuly art

An unexpected treat. I wanted to go here & knew I would enjoy it. Surprisingly, Capt. N had a blast here, too.

It was a great trip with a great kid! We even had fun at the hotel. We went swimming and watched hours of Animal Planet. I hope it's as memorable for him as it will be for me. I feel blessed, truly blessed.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Museum of Glass

On our trip to Seattle, Capt. N & I both picked a couple places to visit. One of the places I chose was the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It did not disappoint.

The museum isn't huge, which was a bonus for two reasons. We didn't have more than a couple hours available to spend there & we easily saw the entire museum. Also, the small size made it reasonably priced to visit. Oh, and one more bonus. Since there wasn't a kazillion pieces for me to oogle over, Capt. N didn't get bored. He actually loved this museum, mostly due to the Hot Shop & one colorful exhibit.

Foreground: Fluent Steps artwork at MOG
The Museum of Glass is located right along the Thea Foss Waterway in Commencement Bay, which explains the boats in the background.

MOG"s Fluent Steps, 21st Street Bridge & Tacoma Dome
The artwork, bridge & arena, along with the metal cone sticking out of the MOG building transformed my world, at least for the moment, to the future. I prefer my typical view of fir trees & deer, but I certainly appreciate the modern age & things to come.

Before we entered the MOG, I thought the metal cone was just decoration to go along with the futuristic feel of the surroundings. Silly me.

The cone actually houses the Hot Shop studio where a team of artists create glass pieces. Awesome! And, we got to watch.

Looking up the cone.

Hot Shop artist doin' what he does.

There was a guy talking through the process as the artists were putting it together. I didn't totally understand everything, but it was fun to watch. Capt. N enjoyed watching, too.

Outside the Hot Shop, in what I would call the lobby.

It seems as though the MOG primarily has temporary exhibitions featuring various artists. Each artist had there own section and was quite different from his/her neighbor.

Black & Clear

Skinny strands of glass

Irish Cylinders by Dale Chihuly and Seaver Leslie with glass drawings by Flora C. Mace

The cylinders are some of Chihuly's earliest pieces.

From the CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transitio exhibit

Also from the CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transitio exhibit

Neon Green One Eyed Cyclops Pickle,
part of the Kids Design Glass Collection.
A kid draws a picture of what they would like their glass piece to look like, then the Hot Shop team creates it. How fun!

Looking out the window toward Chihuly's Bridge of Glass.

I Come in Peace
from the Glassorama: Environments for Kids Design Glass design competition. I love this idea.
To further young people's involvement, high school kids were asked to create an environment for a glass piece created from the Kids Design Glass Collection.

 And last, but not least my favorite exhibit. Look! See?

Look! See? using Transient Light Graffiti by Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert
This exhibit was interactive & Capt. N absolutely loved it. He posed for the very modern version of a photo booth & he spent a ton of time creating his own artwork with the large light up letters. I had fun watching him enjoy himself so much & I had fun creating with the letters myself.

The letters looked cool just hanging randomly on the wall.

Then, we moved them around to spell words & phrases. We were at the museum at an off time, so we had little competition for the letters we needed.

This is when you know your admiration for the feathered variety of friends has gone too far. The first thing that came to my mind to spell, outside of my children's names, was #chickens. I couldn't come up with anything better, so that's what I spelled. And, I like it.

I'm so glad we toured this museum when the Look! See? exhibit was there. Capt. N does ok looking at art or history pieces. But, he gets bored quickly & much prefers hands-on type exhibits. He loved it here because he got to pick up & move around the letters. He also liked watching the cool looking guys & gals play with fire.

I loved it, too. I especially liked seeing the variety of ways artists choose to use glass as their medium.

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