Sightseeing in Seattle

My sister Stacey and her husband flew in this weekend for a visit.  It was Stacey’s first time in the Emerald City and we were excited to show her a slice of Seattle. 

Naturally, we started the day with breakfast, inside due to the Seattle showers.  Jim chose Chinook’s at Fishermen’s Terminal for views of the ship canal and a good breakfast selection.  We dined on unpictured scrambles and I treated myself to the Belgian waffle topped with fresh raspberries and peaches. 

The rain disappeared while we ate and we headed to the Ballard locks to gaze at a modern engineering wonder.  

 

Locks are designed to transition boats between two bodies of water of different levels, often between sea water and fresh water.  In Ballard the transition is between the Puget Sound (sea) and Lake Union (fresh).  The lock has a small channel for smaller boats and a large channel for bigger boats.  The boats move into the channels in groups and when a channel is full the lock is closed on both sides to form a chamber.  Water then is either removed from the lock or added to the lock (depending on which way you’re going) to bring the boats up to the level of the body of water they are planning to sail into.  Click here for a more detailed and coherent description of the workings of locks 😉  If you’ve never seen locks before and you get a chance – go.  It’s pretty cool to see in action. 

The Ballard locks also have a nice botanical garden that we spent some time admiring before heading off to our next stop – the Washington State Ferry landing for a 30 minute ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. 

A South American flower at the Botanical Gardens at the Locks in Ballard 

Our destination on Bainbridge was Big Star Diner for some chili cheese fries and milkshakes, but it was closed when we arrived!  (Closes at 3pm)  We needed to find food and the opening Husky football game of the season. 

One of the shop owners on the main drag pointed us toward Doc’s at the Marina.  It was perfect: Husky football, thick and chunky clam chowder and generous pours of brew.  We watched the first 1/2 of the game and then raced for the 5:30 ferry back to Seattle.  It got us back to town just in time to get to the Mariners game.  Which is where we ended the night.  Outside for the last fair weather ball game of the season, two rows behind the visiting team’s dugout.  It would have been the perfect ending to a perfect Seattle day – if only they had won.  Sigh.

Stacey and me at the Mariners game

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8 Responses

  1. Oh Seattle, it’s been too long.
    It looks like a great trip.

  2. We live right near Chinook’s, but I have yet to go. We always go to The Bay Cafe for breakfast. You bring back so many memories with that flower. Purple Passion. We had them in front of our house, during our brief stint back in Pennsylvania. They are from the tropics, and are not supposed to grow in that climate, so it made it even more special to have them. What a great visit.

    • Chinook’s was pretty good. Now I’ll have to try the Bay Cafe too. Those flowers are gorgeous, the sign at the garden said they’re native to South America – no idea how they are growing in Seattle!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful visit 🙂 I have brothers, so 🙂

  4. I’m very fond of your city. I was out visiting there almost two weeks ago and would’ve like to have seen more. I look fwd to visiting again. Great culture there! 😉

  5. I’m so glad you were able to spend time with your sister! I want to visit Seattle so badly!

    • You definitely should visit – I recommend July and August unless you really, really like the rain 😉

  6. The Huskies lost, too. Boo =(
    Glad your sister had fun in the city!

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