Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lakeview Cemetery and Volunteer Park

Robb and I spent a recent day off together checking out some interesting parts of Seattle in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Our first stop of the morning was the Lakeview Cemetery. The main draw at this cemetery was to see the graves of Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon. However, an added bonus for these history lovers turned out to be the many, many graves of Seattle city founders. We found the graves of many founders, whose street names and neighborhoods now decorate Seattle. We saw impressive family plots for Mercer, Denny, Phinney, Renton, etc. And we also saw the grave of Princess Angeline (the daughter of Chief Seattle.) It was a beautiful cemetery with obviously lovely views of Lake Washington.
After a solid 1.5-2 hours in the cemetery, our next stop was a stroll through Volunteer Park. This park boasts a really neat observatory/greenhouse. There were several rooms, featuring orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants, and orchids. The orchids were beyond beautiful. Robb came away from the greenhouse with a couple of fun carnivorous plants.
Going through the park, we next found ourselves next to this round sculpture, called the Black Sun. If you notice, right next to it you can see the Space Needle in the distance.
After the Black Sun, we made our way to the Water Tower. We climbed up 106 steps to see the views from the top. At the top of the Tower were also several historical placards about the parks system in Seattle.
After Volunteer Park we drove around looking for Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen. We had read about this place in an outdated guidebook several months ago and tried to find it, but a parking lot was in the place where the building should have been. But Robb researched it when we got home and we knew that it was just located only a couple of streets away. So we finally found it on this particular trip (although it's renamed Bimbo's Cantina, I will ALWAYS call it Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen) and we had amazing burritos!We left Seattle mid-afternoon and stopped on the way home at a movie theater to watch Pixar's Up in 3-D. It was a really amazing movie (and fun in 3-D); I really think Pixar movies are better for adults then children. The themes and lessons and stories are just amazing. A great ending to a great day.

No comments: