Today we visited the Ballard Locks with Dave Chapman. The Ballard Locks is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions. The Locks were completed in 1917 and connect the salt water Puget Sound with fresh water Lake Union and Lake Washington. They are a vital addition to the city of Seattle that allows easy travel for civilians and commercial trade.The Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle ensure reliable operation of the Locks which allows for floating bridges and the mass transport of resources that contributes $1.2 billion to the GDP every year. The Army Corps ensures the safety of nearby wildlife by incorporating helpful systems such as, fish ladders to allow the passage of salmon from the salt water ocean back to their fresh water breeding grounds. We saw salmon through the viewing panels of the fish ladder.
After the Locks, some people went to the Museum of Flight where they saw many different types of planes and were able to fly a simulator. Others went to Kerry Park, Pike Place, or Chihuly Garden and Glass for the afternoon. One fellow even spotted the actor Ernie Grunwald at Chihuly Garden and Glass.