Seattle, a great place to start!

Saturday, May 13 

Leaving for Seattle

View from our balcony in Seattle

Our flight to Seattle last night was very late. On one hand, it was good because we didn’t think we could have been ready to leave any earlier. On the other hand, it was very difficult; we didn’t get in until after 9:30 pm and we were exhausted. We stayed at the Hilton, a nice hotel, but nothing special. It was moderately priced and included breakfast on Sunday morning.

We didn’t need to be at the dock until 1:00 p.m. so after breakfast, we decided to walk to Pike Place Market to look around for awhile. However, we had no idea the walk was

Seattle, old and new

straight downhill to the bay. We got to Third and Pike and decided not to walk the last three blocks. It was chilly and would just add three blocks of walking back up the hill on our way back to the hotel. So we took a left onto Third and crossed the street. There was an IGA grocery store on the corner and we went in to buy two bottles of wine. We’re allowed to bring one bottle per adult on board in our luggage to be consumed in our cabin.

When we came out of the IGA, we took a right and walked the two blocks to University. Along the way, we heard emergency vehicles approaching. They were loud and obviously headed our way. About a half block later we came upon four or five EMTs working on a man on the ground. It appeared that he was homeless. He was naked from the waist up and it was shocking to see this large, overweight man lying on the cold concrete while an EMT began CPR. It was cold outside and the man was already turning gray-blue – I believe from a lack of oxygen more than the cold. We didn’t stop to gawk at the poor unfortunate.

I think that obsessive need to watch the results of an accident or riot is natural but should be avoided if at all possible. I try not to fill my mind with negative images and attitudes. I get depressed easily and focusing on negativity makes everything worse. So we just walked by. The ambulance went screaming past us a minute or two later.

We got to the ship in plenty of time. Some cruise lines seem to go out of their way to make the embarkation and disembarkation process as miserable as possible. I have to say this was the easiest, most hassle-free embarkation we have ever encountered. It’s been two years since we’ve had a vacation and eight years since we’ve taken a cruise. We are looking forward to getting away!