First of all I want to thank Cody, Dominique and Skye for going out of their way to be great hosts, in spite of two surgeries (both human and Corgi) and their heavy work schedules. Thanks you guys!
Seattle is a thriving city. I’ve always wondered what it would be like, more than other big cities. At least now I can say I have an idea of it! We drove in at night and what struck me immediately was the skyline. When they created the Space Needle for the 1962 World’s Fair, they were trying to create a structure as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. In my eyes, was a success. Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable, distinguishable from dozens of other major cities. It would be hard to picture the city without it. And in my opinion, it’s pretty cool!
Another highlight was more high caliber museums. The Pacific Northwest really came through in that respect. The Experience Music Project Museum (EMP) is true to its name. There are dozens of jam rooms and instruments to play! Even better were the interactive lessons on guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals. I learned to play a 4/4 beat on drums in about 5 minutes! This may not sound like much but believe me, it was light speed progress! If you’d ever seen me on drums you would know. The EMP also gave us an interactive history of the Seattle area music scene (which gave us Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains, to name a few). It was the birthplace of grunge and a huge influence on the alternative music of the 90’s. It was well worth the money, and if you buy tickets at the Green Tortoise Hostel it’s only $11 compared to $20 at the door.
From here we took a 5 minute walk to the Pacific Science Center (this is all under the shadow of the Space Needle as well). We couldn’t pass up theKing Tut exhibit! Strictly no photos or video, so I respected that. Plus it was nice just to look and not worry about lighting or framing. I took it as a bit of a break.
Most of us probably think of King Tut when we think of Ancient Egypt and golden tombs with unbelievable treasures. He is the most famous of all the Egyptian Pharaohs. This is actually very ironic. In fact, the reason his tomb was not found and raided was because of it’s strangely obscure location in the Valley of the Kings, and the relative simplicity and unadornment of his burial chambers (only 4 rooms…). This “simplicity” I’m talking about is, of course, relative to other Pharaohs! Besides that, after his death, the new Pharaoh went to work destroying any trace of King Tut, so that he would be completely forgotten. So his tomb was untroubled (for the most part) and found intact 33 centuries later. I guess we know who had the last laugh…
What a long time, 33 centuries. When I was looking at the unbelievable treasures – intricate jewelry, gold necklaces, delicate oil casks (there were dozens) and many others – I tried to comprehend the fact that he was actually buried with all of these items. That many years ago. These exact pieces that I was staring at – no replicas. It was chilling.
For some reason, ignorance no doubt, as I waved goodbye to the city, I felt like our departure from Seattle was a departure from Washington. 5 hours later and hundreds of miles to the East, I realized the extent of my mistake as we stopped in Spokane, and were still in Washington. Finally we hit Montana and stayed the night in Missoula. Tomorrow we will continue to mix the beauty of the natural world with that of the city life as we head to Yellowstone for some relative peace and quiet.