My first trip to Seattle
My friend Kat moved to Seattle to live with her brother and sister in law a few years ago. She invited me to come up, but I hate to drive. “No problem, come up on the train.” She replied. Her brother and sister in law would be in Hawaii while I was there, until the last day, so we would have the house to ourselves. I booked the tickets for the train to go in May.
I had never ridden the train before, and I was going to do it alone, so I was more than a little nervous. My friend Abi took me to the train station, and bid me adieu. It was only going to be a short train ride, but I always bring something to read with me, so I settled in for an hour or two with my book. Midway to Seattle the train stopped.
I looked up, why did the train stop? Were we at a station? No. We were in the middle of the woods. Okay….that’s odd I thought. Then the announcement came. There was a problem with the train…and we might have to walk. WHAT?! I thought. We were in the middle of NOWHERE and you want me to WALK? I called Kat panicked. But what could she do? She didn’t drive, and her brother and sister-in-law were in Hawaii. The only thing we could do was wait and see.
An hour later the train started back up, and I finally made it to Seattle. Kat met me at the train station and we walked a mile and half to her house. Wheeling my two giant suitcases and walking uphill. We didn’t want to bother trying to figure out the bus system, and trying to bring luggage onto a cramped bus is not fun. When we made it to Kat’s house we changed and went to go meet up with a few others and enjoy ourselves.
The next day I was left alone at the house while Kat went to work. Kat was worried I would be bored, but I was content to hang out on the couch and watch TV. Kat always has a good selection of movies, and this is when she introduced me to Battlestar Galactica the 2004 version. I hadn’t heard of the TV show and she told me I would love it. She left and I popped in the first season. I was instantly hooked. When Kat came back to the apartment she laughed and wanted to know where I was in the season. I told her I was about halfway thru season 1, and she asked me if I wanted to go get out of the apartment. But I didn’t, because I wanted to know what happened in the next episode. Kat didn’t care, because of her busy work schedule she hardly ever had the opportunity to just sit around and watch TV, so we ordered pizza and watched the rest of season 1.
The next few days while I was there Kat didn’t work so the next day we walked around Seattle. I admire Kat because I don’t like to do anything alone, and she is brave enough to walk the streets at 4 in the morning all alone in Seattle. We didn’t walk around at 4 in the morning, but we did take the bus. Which even THAT to me was interesting. I hadn’t ridden the bus since my school years, and riding the bus in downtown Seattle was intimidating to me. I would rather walk four miles then ride a bus.
After we got off the bus we walked around downtown, Pikes Market, and the Pier. To this day, I STILL cannot understand the charm that Pikes Market holds for people. Someone please explain it to me.
The next day after that, Kat had a surprise for me. The Sci-Fi museum. “They are having a special Battlestar Galactica exhibit there too, if you want to go.” Of course I wanted to go! We went and even though I don’t consider myself a Sci-Fi nerd, I geeked out. The Sci-Fi museum has changed now to a minimalist theme, but back then it was a Sci-Fi nerd’s bedroom. The exhibit was packed with stuff from multiple movies, TV shows, and books. I found one of my favorite short stories because of that exhibit-With Folded Hands by Jack Williams. Check it out, it beats the movie I Robot any day of the week.
Outside the museum, is a small amusement park. Kat and I rode the rickety rollercoaster over and over again. It was so much fun, because of how compact the rollercoaster was. We were crouched down in our seats because it felt like if we sat up straight our heads would be loped off.
That night we met up with Kat’s friend Amanda and watched my first IMAX movie-Star Trek. The next day Kat and I went to Pioneer Square where we did the Underground Tour. After the tour we hung out with Amanda and went roller skating.
On my last day in Seattle I finally met Kat’s brother and sister-in-law. They had returned late at night from Hawaii. Kat’s sister in law took us to Alki beach where we all hung out.
It was a fun trip, even though Kat did spoil the ending of Battlestar Galactica for me. I couldn’t watch the last two seasons because of it. I am a Kara/Lee shipper all the way!