And two shots of the inside of the train. I decided to splurge
and spend the extra $14 to take the business class train. It was
fine and I had a single seat. It took 3 hours
The trip back was a little different. The business class was booked,
so I had the normal coach class, which was fine. Instead of 3 hours,
it took 6, because the train
hit two people, killing one of them (here's
article on the accident). While I don't like blaming the victims,
it seems like they were standing on the tracks for a while, WHILE
both trains were blowing their horns. I know, it sounds callous, but
if a train is coming, get off all train tracks! In this case
there were only 2 tracks, with wide areas on either side of them.
There was no reason to remain on any tracks. This was completely
avoidable, which to me is the saddest part.
So anyway, 2 train rides, 2 people hit, I'm averaging 1 per ride.
Somehow trains have failed to grab me as the ideal form of transportation.
Seattle, Pike Place Market, etc.
I got to Seattle, and Neel picked me up. We did some birthday activities
for his 6 year old son, involving lots of kids and infatable plastic things
you can bounce on. Neel and I also went downtown to Pike Place Market, a
very cool, fun place. I didn't take many pictures of it though.
There was a fun squid sculpture hanging from the ceiling of the indoor
portion of the market. The other two are things hanging from the ceiling
of a weird, tourist place. The first is a Whale Oosik, which is the
penis bone (who knew?) and the second is some strange, scary thing that
looks like a combination of Dr. Seuss and Stephen King.
Since it was Seattle, it was a gray, overcast, rainy day. I took a couple
shots of Neel paying for parking, and then one of the side of the Market
from the parking lot, through the car windshield. I like the blurry, rainy
effect. Oh, the car two in front of us didn't understand that you pay at the
kiosk (where Neel was paying in the first 2 pictures) and then go to the
gate. The car couldn't get through, and the cars behind it (including us)
had to back up, so he could get out and pay. I'm sure there are signs
around, but there aren't any as you approach the gate that say "DON'T GET
IN THIS LINE UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR PARKING AT A KIOSK BY THE
SIDEWALK!!!" There was no one behind us, so only 2 cars had to back up,
so it wasn't too bad, other than the 2 minutes it took for the car to
figure out you couldn't pay there (which let me get a picture).
Snoqualmie Falls Park
On Sunday, Neel and I drove to Snoqualmie Falls Park, about an hour
away, which as the name implies, is a park and has a cool waterfall.
Two shows of the falls from the upper overlook. We were then going
to take the hiking trail down, but discovered that the trail is actually
closed, for the next three years. Blast! I had a train to catch
that night (the Cascades Killer) and couldn't wait that long. So we went
Twin Falls Trail
Well, the hell with this single waterfall thing. We decided to double
our fun and go to Twin Falls Trail. It wasn't too far away, and is a
We got to the trailhead, which is just an area where a dozen cars had
parked. The first shot is the trail map. We decided since we had around
30-45 minutes left, we'd just hike to the first few markers, i.e., points
3 or 4 on the map (it starts to go considerably uphill after that).
And thus we did.
The second and third shots are from (most likely) the Lower Falls Viewpoint.
I think we turned around just shy of the bridge.
Two shots of me and Neel. Both were done using the "hold-your-arm-out"
method, though with me looking to the right in the first picture, it's a
litlte less obvious that I'm taking the picture. The third picture
is of the river (the South Fork Snoqulmie River) on our way back to