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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Being a Tourist in Your Hometown

So I have lived in Washington my whole life. In fact I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my whole life. IN FACT...I am currently living about 14 miles from the homes I grew up in. Yep...I have not ventured far.

Needless to say...I have rarely played tourist in Seattle. Oh sure I have ventured down there once every 10-15 years but that is about it. If it hadn't been for Shelby creating a bucket list and wanting to visit some touristy places that were in Seattle, it would probably be another 10-15 years!

So the first stop on our tour was the original Starbuck's in Pike Place Market. Did you know that this is NOT the first location? The first Starbucks cafe was located at 2000 Western Avenue from 1971–1976. This cafe later moved to 1912 Pike Place, its present location

Next stop, the infamous Gum Wall! And wouldn't you know it, I left my gum in the car! Luckily Shelby had a few pieces in her pocket. This is a fairly new attraction having been created in 1993 when patrons of a nearby theater stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs.Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction around 1999.

After perusing the market we got back in the car and ventured to Fremont to find out what lives under the bridge! This is also a newer attraction. He was sculptured in 1990 by 4 artist for the Fremont Art Council. He measures 18 feet high. Hmm, that makes for some pretty big boogies!

Then we had to venture to Henry Art Gallery, because what could be more fun then walking through a room filled with over 37,000 balloons? Needless to say I got totally lost but did find my way out!

To finish off the day we stopped for yummy burgers at Dick's. This was the location in Lake City. The original one opened on January 28th (what a good day!) in 1954 in the Wallingford neighborhood. Needless to say, burgers have increased in price since then when they were only $.19!

All in all a good day playing tourist in our very own Seattle!

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