June 4, 2019
The Seattle Great Wheel
Argosy Cruises (left, Pier 55), Ivar’s Acres of Clams (right, Pier 54)
Seattle’s Great Wheel in front of the skyline
The Eagle at Olympic Sculpture Park with the Space Needle in the background.
Seattle’s skyline with the Aquarium to left at Pier 59
The Edgewater Hotel is famous for guests to fish from the hotel room. Even the Beatles tried their luck with fishing poles to catch fish from Puget Sound. Unfortunately, the hotel had to stop the fishing, because some guests began to fish in the wee hours of the mornings and slammed their catch against the windows below. The guests on the lower floors were not happy and complained, which led to the prohibition of fishing from the hotel rooms
Seattle’s beautiful skyline seen from northwest on Puget Sound
This cruise ship can take care of 5,000 passengers. It’s like a small city on water.
When Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I walked from the Pike Place Market to the Waterfront, we had to weave our way through some construction zones. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is in the middle of a demolition to make place for a much nicer street with a pedestrian bridge and to pretty up the Emerald City’s Waterfront. On a good note, when we finally made it to the Waterfront, we were standing right in front the Argosy Cruise at Pier 55. What a coincidence?! We just wanted to go there, and we were were lucky with the boat as well. Five minutes after our arrival, the vessel was setting for nice one-hour cruise around the Elliot Bay, where we had a nice panoramic view of the Seattle Skyline, Puget Sound, the shipping port, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.
Seattle’s skyline from the west on Puget Sound
The shipping port with the Cascade Range and its highest peak, Mount Rainier.
Seattle Skyline II
The cargo ship dwarfs our little boat
Seattle Skyline I
Container Cranes in the shipping port. A crane operator has to work fast and very precisely. When loading or unloading a container, it shouldn’t take any longer than 90 seconds. Since a crane operator has a lot of responsibility. Therefore the shift of an crane operator is no longer than six hours per day, and has a salary in the 6-digits.
Seattle Skyline with an Argosy Cruise Vessel
The Shipping Port of Seattle
Seattle Skyline with a cargo ship to the right
… to be continued …