Tuesday, July 24, 2007
After getting some food at the kayak place (they had a restaurant upstairs), we went over to the Experience Music Project, which included: the history of guitars, Jimi Hendrix exhibit, and then of course...singing booths..
Knowing us we were hungry by then, so we got a cheap bite to eat over at Dick's, where they have $1 burgers.
Then we went to the Jazz Alley, where Greg Adams (an awesome trumpeter) had a great concert. We hurried after the concert to eat at an Amy Johnson-recommended restaurant called "The Pink Door". Food was great, and there was also a little trio playing some jazz. Probably one of my favorite days: exercise without knowing, great food, and great music =0)
After getting cleaned up we went to Downtown Portland and started off with Pike’s Place Market. We got to see the original Starbucks, the place where they throw the fish, tried some AWESOME free salmon, got some lunch, and I got to go to a really cool comic store called Golden Age Collectibles.
Then we headed to the waterfront, explored some, walked to Pioneer’s Square, walked to the flagship Nordstrom’s, and then walked back to the car.
We then drove to Key Arena and cheered on the Sonics!Even though we all don’t really care for them, we felt compelled to as the guy sitting behind us was an annoying Detroit Pistons fan. “Nick Collison!?! You got stuffed by ‘Sheed once, you don’t wanna come back! The ball don’t lie!” And MANY high pitched yells. We still had fun even though they lost. We got to combat him with “The ball DOESN’T lie! Found a weakness! Let it rain!”
We finished the day off with some fish and chips at Ivar’s on the waterfront. Even though it was late, we felt our whole day of walking excused our eating late at night.
Afterwards, we went to Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world. It was HUGE. The store takes up an entire city block. It has color-coordinated rooms to indicate different subject level. It also had a rare book room where they had early editions and original printings of a number of books.
From Powell’s we went to the Nike Factory Store where we tried to take advantage of Portland’s lack of a sales tax. We even bought matching jackets.
Finally, we got up to Seattle around 8pm. Peter’s Aunt Patti has been kind enough to let us stay with her, so she cooked us dinner and we got to hang out.