Podcast Episode 15 – Seattle
I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
This week we’re talking about Seattle.
We’re shifting gears this week since I had to come out to Seattle for PAX. And I had such a great time, I want to tell you about Seattle.
With over 600,000 residents Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle metro contains around 3.4 million inhabitants and has an amazing downtown area.
After our work with PAX we took time to take in some of the downtown activities. And if you make it to Seattle these all come highly recommended.
The Great Wheel
The Great Wheel, takes you 200 ft up and 40 feet over the water. This Ferris wheel gives you an amazing view of the Seattle skyline. If you come and check it out and see long lines, don’t let that discourage you the line moves pretty quick and is well worth the wait. The cabins each have their own cooling unit and are nice and roomy. They hold up to six but they let the four of us ride alone. We timed it just right that we were able to catch the sun setting while we were on the ride and it made for some incredible view as the sun beamed across the water.
The Duck Boat Tour
A must see if you come to Seattle, this land and sea tour is 90 minutes of fun, fact filled information about Seattle and some of its landmarks. The actual vehicle is based on the famous World War II DUKW amphibious design. However today the company builds its own vehicles from the ground up to incorporate advances in marine design and safety. The drivers are zany, keep the party going and are really what makes the tour special. We were lucky enough to get to see a Sea Plane land and another take off. If you do only one thing in Seattle, it’s the ‘Ride the Ducks’ tour.
The Space Needle
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it stands 605 ft at its highest point, 138 feet wide at its widest point. It’s built to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes up to 9.1. The tower also includes 25 lightning rods on its roof to prevent lightening damage. The Needle has an observation deck at 520ft and a rotating gift shop and restaurant at 500ft. The Needle sometimes looks prominent in photos because the Tower, which is equivalent in height to a 60 story building it’s located more than a kilometer northwest of most downtown skyscrapers.
The Underground Tour
The Underground Tour is a fascinating look into the history of not just Seattle, but also the establishment of the term ‘Skid Row’,and The origin of UPS. Now we took the night time ‘Adult’ tour which also included the stories about the seeder side of Seattle’s history. If you come with kids, stick with the day tour. Otherwise the night tour is highly recommended.
And no we are not talking Electro Magnetic Pulse, EMP stands for Experience Music Project. Technically it’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame but EMPSFMHOF just doesn’t flow off the tongue. Inspired by Jimmi Hendrix the museum casts a purple haze as the sun reflects around you. The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive Multi media displays. With sections dedicated to the history of Seattle music, including of course Seattle born Jimi Hendrix, Heart, and the grunge music genre.
So that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad guy. Again thanks for watching and next week we’ll get back on the tech stuff, so be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or Circle me on Google Plus and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!
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