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.
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.