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Seattle Mariner's Field and Pike Place Market

Friday, May 11, 2007

semi-overcast 0 °F

We have breakfast and head to Seattle's Safeco Park for their 10:30 tour. Safeco Park is home for the Mariners. One of Joe's favorite baseball player's is Ichiro, so we're looking forward to seeing his stadium and the game tonight. The tour guide is excellent, so interesting tour.
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After the tour we head down to the wharf area for lunch. We've been telling Joe about this place on the wharf where we took his sisters on their two visits to Seattle, Ivar's. They have clam chowder, fish and chips, and everyone feeds french fries ('chips') to the seagulls. We eat our lunch by the water, save about a dozen fries for the seagulls and then have fun taking turns feeding the seagulls.
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After enjoying the sunshine and feedling the seagulls, we head up to Pike Place Market. We stroll among the veggies, fish, and flowers and when we get to the end, we see the original Starbucks coffee shop across the street! Being a coffee lover, I head over there to buy some coffee and a Starbucks coffee mug Christmas ornament :-) Jere insists on taking my pic with my Starbucks coffee...
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We stroll through Pike Place Market again. They have so many flower vendors with fresh flowers and all of the bouquets are between $10-$20. I resist buying any and just enjoy looking at them. On the way back to the car we pass a cutout dressed like Dr McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy (which takes place at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital) and Jere & Joe talk me into posing with Dr McDreamy :-) Funny...
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By then it's time to head back to Safeco Field for the Mariners vs Yankees game. We had originally planned to go tomorrow night, but tomorrow (and Sunday) are both sold out. We park the car and across the street is a huge Krispee Kreme Donut shop. We've not had dinner so we stop for a snack. They have strawberry creme donuts decorated like baseballs and Ichiro's #51 on them, so I have to have one! It was surprisingly delicious.
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I bought two more for breakfast tomorrow :-)

As we have for all the games, we get there as soon as the gates open and watch batting practice. Jere and Joe hang out to catch fly balls but I went down to get an up close look at Jeter (one of the few baseball players I recognize).
Since the game is close to sold out, our seats are way, way up in the stadium. We do have a great view of the city though.
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Blake Lewis from American Idol fame sings the national anthem (not very well) and we watch a good game. Mariners win 3-0. This is our 5th (and last) MLB game of the trip. The home team has won all 5 games, so we've enjoyed all of the games.

Posted by jengelman 00:17 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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