Hello again lovely readers! It's another week and another chance for me to show off what an exciting life I have while your's - I'm sure - is incredibly boring and mundane. Poor you. If it makes you feel any better, I've spent more quality time at Rockwood Urgent Care fighting off infections and allergy attacks the last month than any sane individual really should. Not all adventuring is fun, boys and girls, don't ever forget that.
Anyways, moving on from the boring squicky stuff, I spent part of last week here in good ol' Spokane and part of it in Seattle. At some point over the last few months it occurred to me that I can adventure pretty much wherever I want to as long as I've got some time and a few bucks, so expect more write-ups about weekend jaunts in the future. But I'll always return to our fair city and will continue to experience as much as possible around these parts as I can. There are still a few bars and eateries I've yet to discover, after all.
I began the week by doing a little creature hunting at Finch Arboretum and down around High Bridge Park. In layman's terms that basically means I was digging through bushes for snakes and lizards. I managed to find some ants, a few grasshoppers, a couple of annoyed birds, and a swarm of dragonflies. The snakes must have seen me coming and all took to the hills (or their burrows or wherever they hide out so amateur herpetologists* like myself can't get my grubby hands on them) cause there was ne'er a one to be found. Oh well. What I WAS able to find that day was O'Doherty's downtown and their delicious Reuben egg rolls which made the outing less of a disappointment and more of an awesome win. Good food can do that for you. Later in the week was lunch with TheGramma at the TheChalet once again. I should really stop ordering the chicken Caesar salad and try something new, but they only have it on their menu for the summer and I want to have it as much as possible before it goes away again. Plus, creature of habit = me.
Friday dawned sunny and bright with the promise of road-trippin' in the afternoon. Of course I had to get through a morning at work FIRST, but since I love my job ever so very much it wasn't a big deal. At noon though I was ready to bail and joined up with a friend to head off for Seattle. The drive was easy and boring as usual (I keep thinking I need to buy some billboards along the highway and put interesting pictures or maybe write out a short story on them to make the drive more exciting but I haven't gotten around to figuring that out yet) and we managed to hit Seattle exactly at drive time. Yay for traffic! Eventually we made it into the city and headed down to Pike Brewing Company for dinner. Their pulled pork sandwiches have to be the greatest things ever invented and I get one every time I'm in town (once again me = creature of habit).
After dinner it was off to the Moore Theater to see comedianJoe Rogan live and in person! I waited months and months and months (or something like that) for his show and I was not in the least bit disappointed. The theater was packed with fans and lacked proper air circulation but it didn't even matter once the comedians took the stage. Voodoo Chicken and Tom Segura opened the show and had us all laughing and properly warmed up for the main act. And Joe Rogan was AWESOME. He was funny. He was intelligent. He was loud and a little obnoxious. It was great. After the show my friend and I got a picture with him cause PICTURE WITH JOE ROGAN and then headed back to our hotel to unwind a bit (what can I say, the show had us all a bit hyped up). We were staying at The Paramount which also happens to be home to Dragonfish Asian Cafe where we decided to grab drinks and a bite to eat. It was late night Happy Hour and we couldn't seem to stop ordering cheap items from the menu. Spicy Tuna rolls, Bulgogi skirt steak, chicken satay with peanut sauce, Tempura shrimp rolls. They were all absolutely delicious.
The next morning was bright and sunny yet again (the second trip I've taken to Seattle this year where the sun decided to put in an appearance) and we decided to head over to the EMP + SciFi Museum to check out some wonderfully geeky exhibits. We hopped on the monorail and rode over to Seattle Center and the EMP, which was just starting to get busy. We picked a good time to visit as they had three nerd-centric galleries to check out - Icons of Science Fiction, Fantasy Worlds of Myth and Magic, and Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Films. While I enjoyed seeing all three exhibits, I think the horror film one was the best of them. It was set up really well and had an interesting design theme as well as great, creepy music playing throughout. I was a bit disappointed with Icons of Science Fiction when I realized that all they had for Dune, a rather important work of scifi and literature, was one small diorama full of sand. Lame (and not just because I'm a huge Dune fan).
When we'd had our fill of nerdery to the nth degree, we took a walkabout around Seattle Center, saw some parade floats and princesses (turns out it was the day of Seattle's Torchlight parade), watched people run around in the fountain, and then hopped back on the monorail to return to downtown. We walked from there down to the waterfront and decided to find ourselves some lunch. At the Oyster Bar we had fish and chips (or in my case smoked salmon and chips which was ever so tasty) and sodas and did a bit of people watching. After stuffing our bellies to capacity we walked over to the Seattle Great Wheel and went for a ride. It was a beautiful day and we could see boats on the water, jelly fish IN the water, and people standing around staring AT the water. When it was over we walked down to a large surplus store and poked around at old army and navy gear for a while.
Eventually it was time to head back to Spokane so we grabbed our vehicle and began the trek home. It may have taken slightly longer (okay like two hours longer) than usual because on the way we managed to stop at just about every rest area we could. Not because we have tiny bladders (in case that was what you were thinking) but because once again it was time for a little creature hunting. We poked around rocks, bushes, cement foundations, and fence lines and managed to unearth a stinky beetle, a pile of irritated ants, and some chipmunks, but once again no snakes and no lizards. Apparently I am a terrible snake finder. Guess I can't quit the day job just yet.
Well that (finally) wraps it up for last week. I took Sunday off (except for my weekly Skyping with my sister and family in Texas - Skype, what a wonderful invention) cause I was just plain ol' tired. But I'll be back next week to regale you with tales of early morning gym visits, donating blood, creeping in classic cars, and epic sharknados. Why don't you head out for some adventures of your own while I'm gone? If you're lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you're out there!
*People who study reptiles and amphibians, basically.
This week's Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
High Bridge Park
Pike Brewing Company
The Moore Theater
Dragonfish Asian Cafe
EMP + SciFi Museum
Seattle's Great Wheel
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