Published: May 6th 2009March 13th 2009
The Seattle Space Needle
The views from the top were fantastic.
The first day in Washington State we explored Seattle. It was a great city that had loads of character and stuff to do. We headed straight to the Space Needle. It was built as part of the center piece of the 1962 World’s Fair, and it is 184 metres tall. It was great, the views were amazing. We could see the Olympic National Park, Mount Rainer and even Mount St. Helena Volcano. Amazing!
From there we headed down to the wharf and the Pike Market Place. The Pike Market is famous for the fish throwing, among wonderfully fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, meats, fish and even craft goods. Stephen and I shared a quadruple chocolate cheesecake. It was sooo good. We left Seattle that evening after having a simply lovely day.
Today we headed back into the snow to Crater Lake National Park In Oregon. It was a volcanic crater and now it’s a large lake. The water is so blue and very full. The Lake gathers its water from some rain but mostly the melted snow meaning that the water is cleaner than tap water. It was unbelievably beautiful and so worth the drive. It's also the deepest lake
Me on Top of the Seattle Space Needle
Olympic National Park can be seen in the background on the other side of the bay.
in the USA so it never freezes.
To get to the visitor centre, you had to walk through the “snow cave”. The snow was metres deep, it covered almost all of the visitor centre windows. It was just amazing. As you can see by the photos included it is well over my head!!
The Park Ranger informed us that during the winter there is so much snow and fog that if you could get through to the crater you can't see the lake anyway. Days like the one we have during winter only occur about twice a season so we were really lucky.
We drove south afterwards and made it into sunny California.
Lots of Love,
Micehlle and Stephen.
There are more photos below