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Space Needle

2003-07-06 14:55:49.715603+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

Anita Rowland commented that the $12.50 for the elevator trip up the Space Needle was too pricey. Which is probably true, but it was a great view of Mount Ranier, and it was cool to get a quick overview of the various Seattle neighborhoods from the folks doing the descriptions at various points around the balcony.

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#Comment made: 2003-07-07 14:40:28.606808+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

Whenever I think about moving to Seattle, I try to remember that the only thing blocking a really good view the volcanic cone of the erupted Mt. St. Helens is the volcanic cone of the unerupted Mt. Ranier.

#Comment made: 2003-07-07 15:14:29.055484+00 by: Mars Saxman

Just make sure you actually move to Seattle, then, and not one of its suburbs. We'd get a great light show, and the air would be full of smoke for days, but we're too far north to get hit directly:

#Comment made: 2003-07-07 18:19:42.135525+00 by: Anita Rowland

space needle is the kind of thing you probably need to do, once. it can be windy up there, so you might need to bring jackets even if you don't need them at ground level. it just seems pricey for something that might last 10 minutes if the kids get bored quickly. Dinner or lunch in the restaurant up there is all right if someone else is paying.

#Comment made: 2003-07-07 18:31:38.679679+00 by: Dan Lyke

Seems to me that volcanic activity in Seattle is kinda like earthquakes in California or floods and tornadoes in Chattanooga: The locals are willing to take the risks.

Anita, yep, if we'd had more than just the two of us or if it hadn't been sunny and clear with great visibility, we'd not have taken the trip to the top. And one of my childhood issues was that I never got to go to the top of the Empire State Building, something we rectified in our January trip to New York, so now I've just got to go do the tall touristy things when I'm in another city. I know in San Francisco the best high views are free, we just didn't have time to find 'em in Seattle.

#Comment made: 2003-07-07 22:48:14.475437+00 by: topspin

Eric, does the term New Madrid mean anything to you? If you're wanting to avoid potential devastating natural disasters, this probably isn't the place to live either.

Seattle's cloudy and rainy, though, and that's what would keep me from moving there. About 200 days a year of clouds and 150 days per year with rain. Sure, we get alot more rain, but we get about a month more clear days than Seattle.

#Comment made: 2003-07-08 02:23:55.781945+00 by: ebradway

Barely a month... And we've had about 10x the volume this year too!

The volcano quip was in jest. Seattle, in many ways, is a much safer environment that much of the US. Still, I want to check out Vancouver first.

#Comment made: 2003-07-08 02:25:32.565494+00 by: ebradway

As I look at the map, I really wish Microsoft were about 20 miles further south... Then I'd be praying to the volcano gods!