This weekend, I went up to Seattle to stay with my parents because my brother Andy and his wife were visiting from Philadelphia. Since they live so far away we only see them once or twice a year. The way up to Seattle was probably one of the more memorable road trips. We were literally in the middle of nowhere when the muffler on the car in front of us fell off his car. Michael had nowhere to go, with a semi truck on our right and a cement wall on our left. You know what happens when you drive over a muffler at 80 mph? You get a shredded tire. And Michael’s car is a 3 ton tank! Luckily there was a Les Schwab in the middle of nowhere and we were able to get it replaced (AND it was still under warranty so it only cost $17 instead $200+!!).
Saturday morning I got up a little bit early so I could get in a gym session before we started our day. It was weird going to the old gym I used to belong to when I was 18 years old. It took me back to a time in my life when I was half-assing trying to lose weight (i.e. going to the gym once in awhile but still eating like crap).
After the gym, all 6 of us headed toward downtown Seattle for lunch at Dick’s Drive In. It’s a Seattle landmark and a must-visit if you’ve never been. I hadn’t been to Dick’s since I was a teen! Talk about walking down memory lane. It opened in 1954 and has been a popular place ever since and you may or may not have heard the lyrics “We’ll stop and eat at Dick’s–Dick’s is the place where the crew hang out–” by Sir-Mix-A-Lot in my Posse on Broadway. Ahem, I KNOW I am not the only one who knows all the words to this song….!
I got a standard cheeseburger for lunch and a diet soda (total for lunch: 340 calories! Not bad!). Michael got a deluxe, fries and a float. They are also famous for their amazing shakes.
After lunch we went downtown to the Seattle Science Center to see the King Tut Exhibit. If you live in the Seattle area, I highly recommend the King Tut exhibit –the first time in Seattle since 1978 (On display for the last time in North America! Egypt has decided this is last time they will allow the artifacts to leave Egypt). We meet again, dear friend!
The last time I went to a museum to see the King Tut treasures was in Chicago. It was a fun trip and the exhibit was definitely worth seeing. Quite a difference in those photos, huh? I love Egyptian history. To see the exhibit you had to buy tickets in advance and make a reservation for a time. They were only allowing a certain amount of people in each tour.
We had some time to kill before our reservations for the museum so we walked around the area. I felt like such a dork for playing tourist in the city that I spent 19 years in! But honestly, it was making me a bit homesick and I loved walking around and seeing everything I took for granted as a kid when I lived in Seattle.
It was so much fun and so great to see my brother. I hate that he lives so far away. Can you tell which one of us was blessed with the tall gene? I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun in Seattle. While we were walking around the Science Center, the Blue Angels were flying overhead. Apparently it was Seafair weekend.
Now for the exhibit! If you can’t tell, I am totally into Egypt and I took hundreds of photos, but I will only share some of my favorites from the exhibit. The picture below was a canopic coffinette jar made of gold, jewels and precious stones and held King Tut’s stomach after he died.
You could get really close to most of the pieces in this exhibit, which was nice for taking photos. Of course the items made out of gold were behind glass.
I’ve seen many Egyptian artifacts over the years. My favorite exhibit was the British Museum and the current one in Seattle is probably my second favorite. It was put together very well.
This is a replica of the King Tutankhamen mummy. I already knew he wouldn’t be there (learned that in Chicago!). King Tut’s mummy, sarcophagus and death mask are not allowed to leave Egypt–which many people don’t know and I overheard several people complaining at the end that they missed the mummy. The replica was cool to see, though.
One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit was the statue of the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
Akhenaten was a fascinating character in history. He tried to change the traditional religious beliefs of polytheism (multiple gods and goddesses) to monotheism (a single god). It was not a popular change and after he died, the Egyptians went back to the old ways. Akhenaten was also King Tut’s father and he was married to the beautiful Nefertiti. Seeing his statue in person was crazy because it was so big and domineering. What is fascinating is the theories around this Pharaoh. The people who believe in extraterrestrials believe that aliens bred with the pharaoh and that’s why he looks so alienlike. Another theory is that he suffered from various genetic diseases (the one I find most compelling is Marfan’s syndrome).
I’ll finish up this post with some photos I took of the tropical butterfly exhibit at the Science Center. It was a beautiful (and muggy) experience:
The butterfly exhibit was fun because you walked into a room with them fluttering around, sometimes landing right on people! I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures. It was a fun day and I’m happy to share my adventure with everyone.
QUESTION: What is your favorite historical time period? And have you ever eaten at Dick’s?
I love Dick’s! I think you were at the Holman Rd one, right? That’s 5 mins from my house and on my way home from work. Dangerous. Every once in a while, when I feel like crap, I stop in for a vanilla shake. You seriously can’t beat the prices, and they treat their employees really well. Glad you had fun!
It was the one on Holman Road. I didn’t know that was your neck of the woods! I love Dick’s. I think my burger was less than $2, too. I had a taste of my brother’s chocolate shake and it was fantastic!
FANTASTIC photos of the exhibit. Now I REALLY want to get down to Seattle and check it out. Have a great week Lisa.
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I think it’s there until January, so you have time!
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This sounds like such a fun trip! I love working out early in the morning – then you’re free to enjoy the rest of your day 🙂
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It was nice to get it out of the way. I felt so much better the rest of the day because of it.
When I was younger I used to be so afraid of Egyptian stuff like mummies and whatnot. But I took an art history class last year and learning about all of the art from that time was rather fascinating!
Also, you should let me know when you’re in Philly!
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That’s interesting that it scared you. I was fascinated by it. And when I was in elementary school, my friend moved to Egypt for a few years. I used to love it when I’d get letters written on papyrus with hieroglyph designs!
Someday I will make it to Philly and I will let you know. I don’t know when. I think my brother will be there for a few more years at least!
Yeah, it sounds pretty lame when I think about it. I remember my parents had to bribe me with money to get me to go into the Luxor in Las Vegas.
Sounds good to me!
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Haha! That is so funny!
You were in my ‘hood! Glad you had a good time. It was much hotter than usual (as you know) this weekend. Haven’t seen the exhibit yet, but I’ve heard good things. One of my favorite places to go is the Frye Art Museum just on the east edge of I5 in Capital Hill. FREE parking, nice modern architecture, and a great 1900s painting collection in addition to modern curated exhibits. Did I mention FREE parking? And it’s free to get in.
Anyway, if you’re ever up in Seattle and want to go for a bike ride, let me know! I’m up to 40 miles in my last ride (great calorie burner) – there are some great trails in and around Seattle.
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Aw yes, I know all the museums up there. I used to go a lot when I lived in Seattle. There was one that was free that I liked a lot–was it the Chinese museum maybe? I can’t remember now.
One of my goals for this year is to go biking on the Burke Gilman trail. I will definitely let you know!
I took a trip to Seattle once over New Years before starting my senior year in college (feels like AGES ago now). Didn’t go to Dicks but we did go to the top of the space needle and that was pretty cool. It was a great city too – so much to see and do!
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I haven’t been to the top of the Space Needle since I was a little kid. I want to do it again!