Seattle, the First City on our Northwest Waterway Road Scholar Tour
On the first day, October 6th, we arrived at the hotel at approximatly 2 PM after dropping off our car. We had traveled to Seattle and spent four glorious days hiking and enjoying the Olympic Peninsula National Park. [You can see the photographs and videos under the Road Scholar – side trips tab]. That evening we all met at the hotel dining room and after a delicious meal we had introductions from our Road Scholar leaders. We were then asked to find out three facts about the person sitting next to us and introduce that person to the 35 members on this trip. I had the pleasure of introducing Betty who stated this was her 50th Road Scholar, ie Elderhostle program. What a delightful, happy and wonderful friend to meet. You will know Betty when you see the people photos.
On the second day, October 7th, we took a bus tour about the city traveling through many of the ethnic boroughs of Seattle. We then visited the Hiram Chittenden Locks and learned of its history and the importance of the inner water passage especially during the gold rush era. Back on the bus to have lunch at the famous Fishermans restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon was spent at the MOHAI Museum on Lake Union. It was certainly an eye opening experience to realize the number of contemporary businesses that have flourished in the Seattle Northwest region of the country. After dinner at the hotel, there was a lecture on the people who formed Seattle and their companies: Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, REI, Starbucks just to mention a few.
Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard, WA
MOHAI Museum on Lake Union, WA
On the third day, October 8th, we spent the morning at the Pike Place Market. Our guide escorted us from the famous fish market where they tossed the fish to the customers, to the fresh food and flowers, to the downstairs shops. Once downstairs we saw the famous Gum Wall where young people place their gum, Yuck. We then took the Seattle Monorail from Pike Place Market to have lunch at the Chihuly Collections Café. After lunch we toured the Chihuly Glass Museum and Gardens. It being a beautiful day we then went to the top of the Seattle Space Needle for a glorious vista of the city and the Seattle baseball and football stadiums with Mount Rainier in the distance. To cap off the day, we walked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation building where we had a peek of the philanthropic programs that the Gates Foundation is presently sponsoring.
Depart from Seattle at 8:00 am aboard the Victoria Clipper