Hanging With Plants, Climbing The Water Tower & The Black Sun At Volunteer Park

There is something very peaceful about a conservatory full of plants. A place where all the cares can be left outside the glass structure and take a breather for an hour. An old Victorian Conservatory, a Victorian water tower and seeing Seattle from the black side of the sun. All of this done before noon on a quiet overcast day in Volunteer Park.

Volunteer Conservatory:

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Walking among the plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse structure is a step into a peaceful warm environment full of plants from all over. From one area to the other of the building was packed with flowers, trees, cactus, and other exotic plants blooming with color. I went right around the time the conservatory was opening for the day and I believe this is the best time of day to go when it is not crowded with people.

 

The Water Tower:


Walked all the way up to the top of this old Victorian water tower to great views of Seattle, Bellevue, and Lake Washington. From here through the tree top/branches there are glimpses of the old grand houses of Capital Hill. The very same houses that are well out of reach for anyone in this city unless you have a couple of million dollars extra sitting around. From the old style wrought iron bar windows you can see the landscape of the park below, and with the old pictures of the tower, some of the trees below have been growing since 1909!

 

Black Sun Of Seattle:

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If you stand just right on the top of the stairs with the SAM behind you, you can get the Space Needle framed in the middle of the sculpture. I do not remember why it is called the Black Sun, but it has been part of the park since 1987.

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I did not visit the Lake View Cemetery where famous Seattle people are buried (which is next door to the park) because there have been a people destroying grave sites in the Seattle area. So I could not see the final resting places of Bruce Lee. Maybe some other time.

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Olympic Sculpture & Myrtle Edwards Park

The bluest skies you see are in Seattle! Perry Como had it right, when the sun shines in Seattle it is a beautiful sight to see. After the Terracotta Warriors and lunch, it was time to walk down to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. To get to the park I walked 0.7 miles down Broad Street (a hill!) from the Seattle Center to the waterfront.

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There was a lot of people hanging in the park soaking up the sunshine and the view of Elliott Bay. With space and art installations scattered around the park, one could easily find a spot for the afternoon or day and relax.

 

The head sculpture has the best view

Look at this beautiful view below! Pretty skies you see are in Seattle.

 

Oh the Space Needle

Right about the time of this picture, there was a train coming through on the track below. This is a constant reminder of how industrial Seattle still is at the core and the reason why some of the parks here are in existent because of the train tracks creating an open space for the public to enjoy along the water.

 

I raise you an “and”

Also, there is another park the Olympic Sculpture park merges into and this is the Myrtle Edwards Park along the waterfront north of the cruise ship dock. Here there is plenty green grass to picnic on and a beach to view vast blue of Elliot Bay.

A little blurry in the picture of a ship unloading cargo and cruise ships parked at the mooring dock. Below is the famous PI globe atop the old Seattle PI newspaper building. This globe is not longer spins as it uses to and is slated just like the old Rainer Brewery R as a historical relic in the MOHI.

With the weather being so gorgeous and the temperature was in the lower 70s, this was a perfect day to spend in Seattle. Make the long wet winter a thing of the past. After spending a few hours soaking up the sights, I made a sweaty hike back up the hill to Seattle Center for one last snack at a food truck before going home.

Terracotta Warriors In Seattle

Terracotta Warriors were in town for a limited engagement in two cities in the US. Seattle was lucky to have the traveling exhibition come to Seattle before heading back to China. While Nana was in town for our birthdays we went to see the exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. We happen to go on the same day of the Seattle University graduation at Key Arena and some festival at the Seattle Center park. Just think in another year this will be me walking around in my black cap and gown from Northwest University.

….back to the Terracotta Warriors…..

We got our timed tickets for the first group of the day so there was not a whole lot of people in the exhibit. The whole exhibits were in the making of these terracotta statues, the science behind preserving them, how the site was found, and the history of the Qin (Chin) Dynasty, the first emperor of China. The special thing about this exhibit is the fact you can get up close to the artifacts were at the excavation site in China you cannot.

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Nana and I posing in front of the statues

 


The surprising thing I learned in this exhibit is the first man-made pigment was founded during this time called Huns Purple which is barium copper silicate. This pigment is stable enough to conduct electricity and is made of this compound it is found in many electronics such as a smartphone. A science nerd moment right there! This compound was found on terracotta warriors and pottery of the time period.

List of paint pigments used to paint the warriors

 

 


After the tour of the Terracotta Warriors, we headed over to McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for some lunch. The place was hopping since families of graduates from the university graduation where there the celebrate. The food was done pub style and the theme of the restaurant was done like an old pub in 60s England.

The rest of the day was spent walking around the Seattle Center area and going to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront.

More Information:
Pacific Science Center Exhibits

A Winter Stroll…

Stormy winter days on Puget Sound are a perfect day for a little stroll to cure the soul. It has been a long time since I have been to Golden Gardens Park and little did I know I returned on the same day as the wedding I went to two years ago. A lot has changed since that day, and the couple who’s wedding it was is now clear across the country in Wisconsin with a daughter, and the guy I met them through long gone. But the place still looks the same as ever. Somethings never change in Seattle, and a park is one of them.

The morning started out with the sun out, but as soon as I parked the car in the lot the clouds started to roll in off the sound. Strolling along the beach I caught glimpse of the Olympic Mountain range across water with snow on it’s peaks. I have seen these mountains my whole life, and the sight never gets old. Even with the wind blowing across the beach, there were still people with their cameras out snapping what little was left of the sun gleaming off the snowy peaks of the Olympics. Just another beautiful day in Seattle and another day of Pacific Northwest beauty on full display.

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Commit To Fit: 2nd Month

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Boom! And just like that, I complete my second Whole30!

I have completed one round of Whole30 (2015) before with success and learned a whole lot about some of the things I cannot put into my body. Along with figuring out what I cannot tolerate in the food department, I also learned to have a better relationship with food this time around. Food freedom is a real thing, and with it come better understanding how food can negatively and positively affect your overall health. No matter what USA News & World Report says on their Best Diet Rankings, Whole30 is not a diet or unhealthy because there are many other things it does for people who have nothing to do with weight loss.
With that said, I have found to gain so much more than losing the weight, and able to stick with my commit to fit plan with ease.

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While on the Whole30, I started a strength training program to help keep my muscle while losing weight. I know this will be a slow process, and at times the soreness keeps me motivated to keep lifting. As for running, the cold snap that lasts two weeks here in Pacific Northwest made it nearly impossible to run outside in some locations. My running had to be on the dreaded treadmill. Why so dreaded? I get bored when I am on one.Maybe February will be a better month to run outdoors.

Results:

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Not much change from last month in the above pictures and you can almost say it looks the same. While on the Whole30 I noticed nonscale victories over the loss of weight. The most pronounced victory is getting restful sleep every night. I wake up rested now, and have cut down on the amount of caffeine needed to wake me up in the morning. Mostly I have noticed I am not as sluggish anymore in the afternoon and I don’t have a craving for salty things either. I still, however, have my sweet tooth still intact. That will probably never change no matter how many Whole30s I do.

How it went down?
At some point, the Darth Sugar (Sugar Dragon) decided to rear his ugly head a couple of times when I least expected it during week one.I really wanted to plant my pretty face into a bag of Oreo’s and snort them. Thank goodness sliced banana with shaved coconut on top will cure my raving Darth Sugar from light saber in the head. I had moments when I wanted to inhale a bag or Juanita’s Chilipeno chips and Cadbury Chocolate Fingers. But I didn’t! So proud!
The sluggishness started out at the beginning of week two, but by the end, the whole being tired started to turn to more energy throughout the day. Craving sweets are still there, but eating a whole bag of chips didn’t seem all great either. Finding out I am waking up from a dead sleep at three am in the morning has been tough because last time I was getting great sleep! The third week I go sick and wanting to eat garlic bread while drink copious amounts of bone broth to get over this nasty cold. I really wanted to go off Whole30 just to get over this quicker, but I stayed the course. By the end of the fourth week, I decided to extend the thirty days into another thirty days to kick those bad food habits still affecting me.

Meals that rocked this month:
Crispy Spicy Turkey w/ Lemon Herb (Whole30 Cookbook pg 135)
Braised Beef Short Ribs w/ Mushroom Sauce (Whole30 Cookbook pg 38)
Beef & Sweet Potato Chili (Whole30 Cookbook pg 33)
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad & Shredded Sprout Slaw (Whole30 Cookbook pg 116, 235)
Grilled Pork Chop w/ veggies (Whole30 Cookbook pg 94)
Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes (Whole30 Cookbook pg)

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Mexican twice baked potatoes
Weight Lost: 2lbs
How Much More To Go: 25lbs
Diet: Whole30
Running: 20 miles
Strength Training:  30 minutes 2x a week

Commit To Fit: 1st Month

First Whole30 (2015):
When your human goes on Whole30, cat perspective Part 1
When your human goes on Whole30, cats perspective Part 2
First Whole30 Completed

 

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