Before leaving Portland, OR, we went in search of chocolate covered bacon. We had heard that it was unbelievably scrumptious, but had no luck in locating a food stand that was open, serving it. This, however, was a common sight along Highway 97 in Washington. Produce stands everywhere! We finally stopped at a u-pick orchard and scored 35 pounds of the most luscious sun-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums right off the trees! Total damage was less than 50 cents a pound. What we didn’t eat, we froze at our next stop, to be enjoyed by our friends long after we are gone;)
The EMP in Seattle, WA is a quirky museum of music, science fiction and pop culture. Mostly pop culture. The “gallery companion” is a must. For $3 you can rent an ipod with earbuds which will block out most of the loud noise (um, music) inside the museum, and give you a self-guided tour, extra stories about the exhibits, and additional music playlists. We spent much of our time in the Avatar exhibit. Pulling up the videos we made in the interactive sections was a bit tricky, later, but with a few emails to helpful museum staff we were able to accomplish it. We passed on the opportunity to perform live onstage; we were far more entranced with the sound labs, where we could go into a soundproof room and jam to our hearts’ content on guitars, keyboards, drums and synthesizers. There’s even a rec room for the little (and not so little) ones to play with guitars and bongos, make buttons and color. Afterwards, it was time for cocktails at the Pop Kitchen and Bar. A non-drinker, myself, I had a rare craving for a virgin margarita. This seemed to baffle my friend. I had to explain to her how they were made, and still she eyed me with incredulity. This just made me giggle more. You’d think I was the one drinking…
No sojourn in Washington is complete for me, without a bowl of Salty’s World Famous Seafood Chowder
. The hearty mix of potatoes, bacon, clams, shrimp and scallops, with a generous drizzle of sherry at the table, and a healthy sprinkle of pepper is the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing, beachcombing or shopping. It was the perfect time of day to enjoy our patio table on the water, and linger over a shared mango sorbet. After that it was back to our friends’ house for a movie, and to rest up for our long journey home.