|Finally.....Saturday May 14, 2005: Departure date.
I got up around five thirty in the morning because I had an eight am flight to Seattle.
Even though I live less than fifteen minutes from the Oakland International Airport, I
wanted to be there early enough to go through security and take care of any last
minute things that may have come up. On my car ride over to Oakland Airport I kept
thinking that I would not be going to Seattle because I had failed to do something or obtain
the necessary conformation numbers I needed for my flight, hotel room and rental car. But I checked
in for my flight with no problems, I went through airport security with no problems, arrived at the Seattle
Tacoma Airport with no problems, and got my luggage in reasonable time considering the Seattle
Alaskan Airline baggage handlers had just went on strike the day before I arrived. Next, my fears
about not being able to get my rental car due to the company not having my reservation were quickly
erased. Less than twenty minutes later, I got my rental car and drove to my hotel in Renton, WA.
| I had absolutely no problems checking in at the hotel, and by one pm that day I was
eating lunch in my hotel room. Knowing that I only had four days and three nights to spend
in Washington, I had to prioritize my to do list. Before I arrived in Seattle, I determined how
I would best spend my time in the Seattle area. I purchased Fodor’s City Pack: Seattle’s Best
book which gave details on Seattle’s top twenty-five sights including the neighborhoods,
museums, art & architecture, beaches and bike trails, shopping areas, etcetera. I also used Yahoo
Travel’s guide's section on Seattle to determine what to do there. Once I prioritized my list, I decided to
do the following while in the Seattle Area; 1) go to the Jimi Hendrix Memorial, 2) visit Jimi’s childhood
home because he grew up in Seattle, 3) go the Experience Music Project interactive music museum at
the Seattle Center because of a huge interactive gallery/attraction there on Jimi Hendrix as well as
explore the rest of the Seattle Center and 4) see Lenny in concert.