The week-long parade of Seattle activities concluded with visits to some of its extensive parks system, more pub grub and a family dinner.
We began by going to Volunteer Park, home of “Black Sun,” a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi that is rumored to have been the inspiration for the title of Soundgarden’s song “Black Hole Sun.”
We climbed the spiral steps of an old water tower to an observation deck to take in the scenery.
Our next stop was an outdoor sculture, “The Troll,” nestled under a bridge along Troll Avenue. There were children running, hopping and howling about, enjoying the novelty and delight of a larger-than-life grim troll under a bridge that you can climb and grab onto.
After that it was time for some food at Nickerson Saloon and Grill. We shared some chipotle hot wings that were sweet, tangy, spicy, slightly crunchy and moist chicken. David had a big cheese burger, and I opted for fish and chips. Everything was delicious. There was a kickball team seated near us enjoying some beer and recalling the feats of their game.
Our last stop before heading back to David’s house was Bhy Kracke Park, a double entendre that is made even more peculiar by its affluent location. This park afforded us views of the city, the greenery, the housing, the mountains and the sky all from one location.
We went back to the house, and I was impressed throughout our journey by the steep streets on which Seattleites travel. Going up and down slopes that felt like 45 degrees or more was not unusual.
By the time we returned to the house David’s parents, Bob and Linda, were home. Bob made a wonderful meal of grilled shrimp, asparagus, rice pilaf and steamed artichokes. After dinner we sat around and talked for a while, and then it was off to bed.
It was a Sunday of parks and family, and it was good. In the morning I flew back to my home, Chicago. I learned that good friends remain good friends, no matter what the calendar says. I also learned that getting away for a while is its own task, and well worth the resolve and effort. I am especially grateful to the Husebys for making the getaway possible with their generosity and care. Seattle has style and character, and the Husebys do too.