We arrived a little early so that we could enjoy the market. On the walk over from our parking spot, we noticed a really cute umbrella store. With very interesting umbrella designs and photos of wedding parties with umbrellas. But we found out later that the store sells mostly to tourists since Seattleites don’t use umbrellas 🙂
Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original Farmers Market, established in 1907. It’s a colorful mega farmers market with produce, meats, specialty foods, crafts, restaurants, flowers, fresh seafood and more.
My favorite vendors when I visited in the past were the Pike Place Fish guys who throw the fish and yell. Unfortunately, they were not there. Good for them that they took the fourth of July off, but I missed them. There was other wonderful seafood though not quite as entertaining.
We met our friends by Rachel the piggy bank, a 550 pound bronze sculpture that is the mascot of the market. “Legend has it that if you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation, you’ll have good luck.”
People line up to put money into this piggy bank (while being photographed of course). Donations support the Pike Market Food Bank, Senior Center, Medical Clinic, Child Care and Pre-School and an assisted living facility. Rachel has raised over $200,000. Brilliant!
As we left, we spotted a wedding couple with their wedding party being photographed. Hector and I come across weddings all the time, and, of course, he always takes a photograph. This group was especially cute because the bridesmaids all had orange umbrellas. Such a cute idea!
Hector here at the keyboard instead of the camera 🙂 Well, Seattle is Boeing country and this museum is located adjacent to Boeing Field. A general aviation airport also an airport used by Boeing for various purposes over the years. Currently they use it for final testing and delivery operations of new 737 aircraft.
Although the museum is not a Boeing museum, as you might imagine, Boeing is well represented in the collection. Including a couple of interesting artifacts like the first Boeing airplane factory now displaying the history of Boeing (the red barn) and the prototype of the 747, serial number 1, made so many years ago. Cool.
A Lockheed Super Constellation. Such a graceful airplane.A B47 bomber from the Strategic Air Command scary cold war days. And the first jet Air Force One. A Boeing 707-120 delivered in 1959 that replaced Eisenhowers’s Lockheed Super Constellation. It was used as the presidential aircraft by Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, and Nixon. And then in the VIP fleet until 1996 carrying Kissinger, Nikita Krushchev and many others.
To WWII Warbirds.
An impressive collection of kiddie planes that could be “flown” at an adorable little “airport”. Built by one of the volunteers!
And a space gallery with a collection of hardware. But the centerpiece was the shuttle simulator used by all the shuttle crews and moved here from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Brenda was a great sport being dragged to yet another airplane museum. My appetite for this stuff is pretty high 🙂
Note: As we publish this post, we’re about to enter Canada to spend a few weeks there. Our next post will be about the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, our last stop in the U.S. before crossing the border.
~ Brenda and Hector