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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Explorer Tour to Seattle

To keep us interns happy, Sarah organized an "Explorer Tour" to Seattle. The first stop after crossing the longest floating bridge in the US (or even the world?) was the Seattle Arboretum. Btw. it is already the second bridge. The first one sunk and the lake is too deep to salvage it. That was also the reason for a floating bridge in the first place: The lake is too deep to anchor concrete pillars...


Anyways the Arboretum is gorgeous and we were told that it is the start of a connected system of parks stretching for miles.


Including various forms of wildlife...

Even wildlife that is considered a pest elsewhere like beavers (notice the gnawed tree in the middle).


After an extended walk through the amazing park we visited downtown Seattle and learned that Seattle burned down in 1889. It was rebuilt one story higher then the previous city in order to solve various problems, foremost problems with the sewer system during high tide... As this happened fairly quickly, most buildings simply moved there entrance to the first floor. At some places you (read tourists) can still go underground.



After a quick drive-by of the first Starbucks store ever (besieged by countless tourists) ...


we stopped to get an overview over Seattle and the famous Space Needle...


... before we went to the ship canal locks to watch the fish ladder.


The pictures do reality no justice however. The Salmon are huge and glittering and just impressive to watch as they swim by :D. I definitely need to go diving again. But maybe not in that cold water with those huge Salmon around... :P


Oh and we came by a bakery that has almost real bread :D.

2 Comments:

  • hey finally there are some news on your blog...i regularly checked it in order to get crispy girls or burgers...i simply got gosht beaver ... ahahahah
    hope you are fine and getting a second "japan time" there...
    btw, your profile pic on facebook lets me suggest that you may have a lot of fun...^_^ (what is your left arm doing???)
    kyotsukete amigo ;)

    By Blogger minou-san, at 11:50 PM  

  • I still have a ton of images for you guys but so much stuff to do... :P. I have my share of fun but obviously there cannot be a second "Japan time" without you guys around :).

    By Blogger IC, at 8:55 PM  

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