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Sleeping in Seattle: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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After our nice time in Whidbey Island, we set back onto the mainland to begin our week of my work-cation: where I would still be working during the day, but would have evenings free to explore the city.  We went through AirBnB to find a nice basement studio apartment that features a full kitchen for our breakfasts and lunches.  The apartment is located about 6 miles north-west of downtown Seattle, in a nice area that features restaurants, a grocery store, coffee shops and even an ice cream parlor.  We rented a car for our island adventure, but still had enough time on Sunday to make a grocery run to Trader Joe’s to get items for the week.  We then dropped the car off at the airport and have been bussing it the rest of the week.  Sunday was also Bethany’s birthday and we celebrated it with a nice dinner by Pike Place Market.

Monday turned out to be a long day at work, so we stuck around the are by our apartment and had dinner and ice cream close by.  Bethany ventured into downtown on Tuesday and got some goodies at the market and we cooked a great lunch of fresh salmon back at our place. After work on Tuesday, we headed down to the International District before we took in a Mariners game.  Unfortunately we didn’t have as much time to explore as we had hoped, but did get in a walk through the grocery market to pick up some snacks for the game, including my favorite gummy candy.  Luckily I was able to have a fun time with the strawberry gummy handy.

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We then made our way over to SafeCo field, which is a parking garage away from CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play.

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SafeCo is a great open ball-park that features a retractable roof.  Apparently we are in Seattle on one of the nicest weeks of the year, so the roof was very open to let all the sunshine in.

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The game was between two last-place teams: The Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Mariners haven’t been very good lately, so support was pretty sparse, however it was astonishing to see all of the Blue Jay fans over-take the ballpark. I snapped this picture behind home plate, and you can see the sea of Toronto Blue.  They really made it feel like a home game.

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SafeCo is also known for it’s wide variety of food, of which many people were eating these garlic fries.  We found them too tempting to resist and ended up having a great ballpark snack!  Safeco also right in the path of planes taking off to the northwest, creating these awesome shots of commercial fly-overs on the stadium.  This was the best picture I could take, always missing that crucial shot over home plate.

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We ended up leaving after the Mariners scored 2 runs in the 5h, increasing their lead to 7-2 – at which point the beleaguered Mariners fans tried to get their own revenge by chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” angering the Canadians. We felt that was our cue to leave.