Friday/ the Great Wheel

My brother from California is visiting just for a day or so, and Friday night we went to the waterfront even though the weather was a little rainy.   Why not try out the ‘Great Wheel’? I suggested.   The Ferris wheel has enclosed gondolas, 42 of them – exactly because of Seattle’s weather.  We got to sit in gondola no 1.   It says up to 8 people can fit into a gondola, but that would be a tight fit, was our impression.   The ride is not for people with vertigo, or with claustrophobia !

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The view from the pier.
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We’re almost at the top, and here is the view from inside the gondola of the Ferris Wheel.  Look for the Space Needle, a white sliver .. and the days of the Alaskan viaduct (double decker highway in the foreground) are counted. The tunnel boring machine for its replacement with a tunnel, has just arrived in the port of Seattle from Japan, and the boring of the tunnel will soon start.
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This is a view of the wheel from the ground.

 

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A view towards the center of the wheel, while we’re in the gondola.
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This is the view towards the south. The blue is the stadium of the Seahawks (foot ball). The baseball stadium is close by. The plans for a THIRD stadium, for the proposed buyout of the Sacramento Kings basket ball team, is in front of the NBA commissioner. Sacramento has plans of their own to build a new stadium for the team, so they may not come to Seattle after all.

 

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