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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
FALL CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
September 2, 2016 - October 27, 2016
3 - OUR GREAT CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
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[Day 15] [Day 16] [Day 17] [Day 18] [Day 19] [Day 20] [Day 21]
Seattle Space Needle
|DAY 19 - SEPT 20 - TUESDAY
Today would be an important day. We left Pasco in southeastern Washington and drove northwest on I-82 and I-90 towards Seattle. Along the way we made a stop in Yakima and then transitioned from the high desert climate thru the mountains and a long decent through the tall evergreen Snoqualmie pass coming into the Seattle area.
We arrived at Robyn's sister's place in Bellevue where we would "camp" for the next few days while visiting the Pacific northwest. Once we got settled, we got a rental car, and I headed off into Seattle to find the fireboats. Seattle has an amazing congested waterfront and is surrounded by both fresh and salt water. At least four fireboats protect the area. We found them and got some photos while also experiencing some of the "no one is moving" traffic jams of late afternoon.
Night 19 in the camper at Bellevue, WA
|STATES: WA - (1) State for the day / (20) different States and (4) Provinces so far|
|DISTANCE: 220 miles for the Day / 5912 miles for Trip so far|
|FIREBOATS: Seattle boats (15) "Chief Seattle" (16) "Fireboat 1" (17) "Leschi" (18) "Fireboat 2"|
Yakima, WA Fire Station
Central Washington has a high desert climate
The decent down through the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass towards Seattle
After renting a car, we headed for the Seattle waterfront
Seattle has at least two Fireboat stations.
The "Chief Seattle" and "Fireboat 1" are docked at Fisherman's Terminal
about midway between two sets of locks which connect the fresh water
Lake Washington with the salt water of Puget Sound.
These boats have primary responsibility for the fresh water areas surrounding Seattle.
Fireboat 1 was dispatched to a boat overturned in Lake Washington
but was soon returned when everyone was reported to be safe.
Seattle's Fireboat 1 is a 50' "fast boat" built by MetalCraft in 2006.
It can pump 6000 gpm. A similar vessel was built for Seattle's Fireboat 2
in 2014 and is assigned to the other fireboat station.
The "Chief Seattle" is a 96' long large fireboat built in 1983.
It was completely refurbished in 2013. The pumps are capable
of about 10,000 gpm. It is docked with Fireboat 1 at Fisherman's Terminal.
Some of the fishing boats at Fisherman's Terminal
Seattle Fire Station 20
The salt-water side of Seattle is protected by these two fireboats.
The large "Leschi" and fast boat "Fireboat 2" are normally docked
at Station 5 downtown by the ferry terminals on Alaskan Way. That
station and section of the waterfront are under renovation so these two
vessels are temporarily docked at the cruise ship piers at Smith Bay.
The "Leschi" is Seattle's largest fireboat.
Built in 2007, the 108' vessel can pump over 22,000 gpm.
Fireboat 2 was built in 2014 and is nearly identical to Fireboat 1
at 50' in length and pumping about 7,500 gpm.
Looking back at the Seattle skyline from a point near the cruise ship terminal.
Both of Seattle's stadiums are down along the waterfront.
The NFL Seattle Seahawks play here at CenturyLink Field.
To the right is the MLB Seattle Mariner's Safeco Field.
The fire department and police department's smaller boats are located
along the waterfront
near the busy downtown.
Looking off to the west of Seattle is the Olympic National Park.
The cloud formations over the mountains make for a spectacular sunset.
The sunset lights up more clouds to the east of Seattle