“Seattle doesn’t get that much rain.” I’ve read that on a number of websites that say there are at least 40 cities in the U.S. that get more precipitation than the Emerald City does. The implication, then, is that while Seattle has an unusual number of grey, overcast days, it mostly just drizzles there. Most residents, I’ve heard, don’t even bother to use umbrellas.
But I wouldn’t call the smattering of raindrops pelting my head shortly after landing at SeaTac a “drizzle.” And since the rain persisted well through the evening after I had lunch (Vietnamese cuisine) with Mehdi and a tour of his workplace, one of my first stops afterward was into a Walgreens to purchase my first umbrella in over eight years.
It was well worth it, keeping me dry during the 1.2-mile walk to the Space Needle from downtown. Then I ascended this marvelous World Fair monument to enjoy resplendent panoramic views of the city. If I had come here with anyone, I would have loved to just linger over a glass of wine. As it was, I stayed here for about 1.5 hours, enjoying the vistas and learning about the city through the educational table-sized touchscreens located on the observation level.
In addition to finally going up the Space Needle—the iconic structure that was first brought to my attention by Jessica Alba’s role as Max in the early 2000s TV show Dark Angel (she’d sit on top of its roof to ponder)—I got to do the following:
- Have dinner with Mehdi at a local pub and listen to live music the first night.
- Visit the Lemay Car Museum in Tacoma.
- Go to the Microsoft Store (where I got to touch the Microsoft Surface which I have been coveting for some time now) and the adjacent Apple Store in University Village.
- Rock climb with Mehdi at Vertical World.
- Do a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island (part of Canada).
- Run the Reindeer Marathon in Rochester, WA (about 70 miles south of Seattle).