If there is anything we have learned from previous trips it is to try and avoid the extremely early flights. Luckily, for our Seattle trip we were able to get on a noon flight which meant we had plenty of time in the morning to do our last minute cleaning before leaving the house. We have also realized it is much faster when we get to the airport if Mike drops all of us off with the bags an then goes to park the car. We got through security pretty fast today and got to the main area of the terminal about the same time as Mike. We spent the short time we had to wait eating lunch. It was probably the best airport lunch we have ever eaten. We ate pizza from Mod Market and crepes from the shop next to it. After finishing in plenty of time we finally boarded our plane headed for Seattle. The plane was extremely hot when we got on. At almost 7 months pregnant I was really struggling with the heat but figured it would get better once we took off. After being in the area for almost 10 minutes and not feeling any cool air I knew I was going to be in trouble. Lots of people were struggling with the heat. A kind stewardess gave me a bag tied with ice in it to wrap around my neck and a cold cloth to put on my forehead. I sat there for about 40 minutes and cooled off with my get up when I noticed that the air in the plane was finally cooling off. The rest of the flight went pretty smoothly. As we neared the Seattle airport we were able to see Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier from the sky. It was a sunny, clear day which meant we had a clear view of everything below. We also had a great view of the city since we flew over it before turning south to land. After landing at the airport we decided to try the Centurion lounge which we get into for free with our American Express platinum card. We all enjoyed the free drinks, free food, and nice bathrooms. We did't spend a great deal of time in here but just enough to grab a bite to eat and hit the bathroom before going to get our bags. After getting our bags we UBER'd it to Enterprise in Renton to pick up our car. It's amazing how UBER has changed the taxi industry. The man picked us up in a big and clean Suburban and was kind and not at all sketchy. No money exchanged hands since UBER payments are done all online and their ratings is how they keep their jobs. We picked up our minivan at the car rental and headed to the grocery store for a few food items before stopping at the Japanese grocery store for some treats.
After dropping off our stuff at the hotel we headed back in the car and headed into the city to go and eat at Ivars. Mike had been looking forward to eating Ivars for quite some time. Half of us got the clam chowder and the other half got chicken and fries. They all ended up eating some of our clam chowder after realizing that they truly liked clam chowder. After filling quite full, we took a stroll along the waterfront and up to the Public Market. After getting there and realizing that it had already closed we headed back down to where we had parked the car and headed back to our hotel. It had already been such a great day.