Sunday, January 21, 2007

Vancouver-Seattle Tour: Day Five

Brunch with my sister and family at CJ's Eatery 2619 1st Avenue, Seattle. It's a relaxed and popular spot near the Space Needle where we decide to make the best of this sunny,clear day. Using a coupon, we save $1 each on admission to the Observation Deck."Located on the grounds of Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators — 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. It is now privately owned. The Space Needle is a tower 184 m (605 feet) high and 42 m (138 feet) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and earthquakes up to 9.5 magnitude (which, by coincidence, was just enough to resist Seattle's later discovered Cascadia earthquake) and has 25 lightning rods on the roof to withstand lightning strikes.
The Space Needle features an observation deck at 158.4 m (520 feet)[a third the height of Toronto's CN Tower], the SkyCity restaurant at 152 m (500 feet), and a gift shop. From the top of it, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands."
We take the Seattle Centre Monorail to Westlake Mall and browse the shops. My son lucks out at Macy's where they have a 50% off sale on Ecko Unltd jeans, hoodies and jackets. He's going to need another piece of luggage to get his bargains home.
Getting back to West Seattle is cheap and convenient - we take the 21 Arbour Heights bus paying the off-peak fare of $1.25 each and get off at the corner of my sister's street.
Out for dinner at Cactus Aliki Beach location. "For over 15 years, Cactus has been satisfying Seattle's need for high-quality, innovative, Mexican, Southwestern, and Spanish cuisine from its home in Madison Park. And since August of 2006, residents and tourists have been enjoying the spectacular Puget Sound views from our location on Alki beach in Seattle. The Butternut Squash Enchilada - Crisp white corn tortillas layered with jack and goat cheeses, spinach, roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions. Topped with guacamole and New Mexican red chile mole - was fabulous.
Fun games of euchre round off the day. Today's savings: $2 US - Total Savings:$112.34 CD

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