Visiting Seattle (Part 2)
Here are a few more cool things we found to do in Seattle Washington. If you missed last week’s blog, you can see it here: http://wp.me/p2z3sU-fh. It covered other things we did while in Seattle. Since the list was long, I broke this blog into 3 series. Here is a summary of places I will detail in this blog series:
|Argosy Locks Cruise, Duck Tour, Snoqualmie Casino Ziggy Marley Concert, Around Seattle, Chateau St. Michelle
|Ballard Locks, Space Needle, Experience Music Museum, Gas Works Park, Snoqualmie Falls, Starbucks|
|Seattle Art Museum, Theo Chocolate Factory, Seattle Aquarium, Mt. Rainier Railway, Underground Tour.|
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The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built-in 1911 is nicknamed the Ballard Locks. The locks provide a gateway from the fresh waters of Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound. This is needed because of tide changes. Otherwise, boats would not be able to traverse the area due to having to cross a huge waterfall as the tide changes.
From here you can see the boats as they await transport to and from Puget Sound.
If you visit, be sure to walk the bridge to the other patch of land across from the locks park. This is where salmon migrate from the ocean into Lake Union. You can spot thousands of salmon as they swim against the current into the ladder. The ladder is a set of glass panels below the water line that allows you to watch the fish as they swim through. Really cool to watch.
No visit to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Space Needle. Built in 1962 for the World Expo, it became the tallest building in Seattle. Of course, that did not last, but it is a great place to see the city from a beautiful vista. On a clear day, you can see Mount Rainier, we were fortunate to see it the day we visited.
Experience Music Museum
If you are into music, you will enjoy touring this museum. It has a large exhibit on Kurt Cobain and another on Jimi Hendrix. One of my favorite exhibits was the hall of guitars. It has hundreds of guitars, some from the early 1920’s. Some were made of steel, believe it or not. Additionally, it has a vortex of guitars offering an artistic element:
There is also a huge home theater with video of artists jamming, it is the ultimate man cave home entertainment center. It also has a Women of Rock exhibit, showcasing the best women rockers.
Finally, it has a science fiction exhibit complete with costumes from Harry Potter, cyborgs, and other sci-fi artifacts.
Gas Works Park
Gas Works park is a great place to sunbathe, fly a kite, take in views of the city, watch the boats, or just hang out. It was featured in 2 seasons of the Amazing Race (seasons 3 and 10). Gas Works Park was formerly the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. In the early 1900’s to the mid 1950’s, gas plants like this were prominent across the USA. However, due to the advent of better technology for producing electricity, most gas plants were torn down. Seattle was slow to tear theirs down and decided in 1962 to convert it to a park. Good thing they did, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 2013.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 foot waterfall that was featured in the TV show “Twin Peaks”. The falls power 2 hydroelectric power plants, both currently operated by Puget Sound Energy. The falls reminded me of a smaller Niagara Falls.
As most of you know, Starbucks was founded in Seattle. But did you know the original Starbucks store is still in business in Pike Market? It is and it still boasts the old Starbucks logo. I have always wondered about the green logo, I was always unsure if the logo was of a mermaid or something else. After seeing the old logo, you can tell it was definitely a mermaid. A bare breasted one at that:
Now compare that to the current logo. The current logo is more “G” rated and has a green color and a different crown:
Here is a picture of the oldest Starbucks:
Here is a picture of the Starbucks Headquarters:
Well that completes 6 more fun things we saw in Seattle. Next week we will finish up the list of 18 fun things to do in Seattle.