10.22.2010

Seattle - Day 2

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When we first started talking to the boy about our upcoming trip to Seattle, he had one thing on his mind... fishing.  What can I say?  The child loves to fish.  

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The hubby and I promised that we would do everything within our power to help him catch the "20 pound salmon" that he had been dreaming of.  We also urged him to lower his expectations just a notch.  The boy assured us that catching a record salmon would be easy-breezy.


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We stopped at Outdoor Emporium to get all the supplies that we would need to ensure our success and to get a few pointers from someone in "the know."  The employees were incredibly helpful.  With our gear in order, we headed out to try and catch our first fish from the waters of the Puget Sound.


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In true Ha family style, the boys were a little wary about touching the bait.  I did the only logical thing and reprised my roll as chief hook baiter and fishing line rigger.  It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it.


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Other than a lone crab that decided to hitch a ride on my line, we didn't catch a thing.  I think the boy would have blamed our bad fortune on our lack of skill if not for the fact that the other fishermen in the area came up empty-handed as well.  The fish simply weren't biting. 

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Although, if you ask me, I think this pesky shark must have gobbled everything up before we got there. 

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Not wanting our day to be total loss, we decided to head north and take the last Boeing factory tour of the day.  The Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located about 25 miles north of Seattle.  Visitors are not allowed to bring personal items with them on the tour so all of these pictures were taken at the Aviation Center Gallery

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The tour of the Everett facility was fascinating.  From a vantage point overlooking the factory floor, we were able to watch the construction of Boeing 747, 767, 777, and the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 

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The factory is so large that the entire Disneyland complex plus twelve acres of parking could fit inside it's walls.  Once the assembly is completed, the aircraft make their way to Paine Field where they will undergo their first flight. 

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While touring the Aviation Center Gallery, visitors are able to see a section of the 787 Dreamliner's massive fuselage, learn about different engine types and see some of the future concepts that Boeing is working to develop.  While the boy seemed to enjoy the entire tour, I think his favorite part was getting to sit in the cockpit of the 787. 

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After a full day, we decided to head to Maneki Japanese Restaurant for some authentic Japanese cuisine.  We dined on a variety of sushi, Miso glazed collar of cod, pot stickers and pan-fried noodles with beef.  It was a veritable feast.  

More tomorrow...

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kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. You packed a lot into your trip! It all sounds fabulous - especially the japanese food :) Yum!

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