Picture of the Day: Seattle From Space Needle

Looking down on downtown Seattle from the Space Needle! You can see the mountains in the distance and the Space Needle’s reflection in the glass!

The line seems long but moves quickly and has interesting history of the Space Needle along the way. I would recommend a visit to the top for any Seattle tourist! More info here.


– Josh

Friday Favorites: Geological Survey Markers

One of my favorite things to look for when traveling are geological survey markers. Survey markers are objects placed to mark key survey points on the surface of the Earth.

I get a thrill seeing one on a remote mountain top, imagining the survey crew who hiked in there and placed it.

Here are some pictures I’ve collected along the way:

Pine Mountain, Georgia (note the triangle indicating this mark is used for triangulation)

Banff, Alberta

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

Seattle, Washington

Charleston, South Carolina

Knoxville, TN

Cadillac Mountain, Maine


Views from the Space Needle

I visited the Space Needle in Seattle last August.  The Space Needle is an observation tower and restaurant built in Seattle for the 1962 World’s Fair.  It reaches to 605 feet in height and offers sweeping views of Seattle, Mount Ranier, the Olympic Peninsula, and even into Canada.

I was fortunate to have a beautiful day with clear blue skies during my visit.  The restaurant rotates slowly and during my lunch I was able to go around about 3 times.   At lunch, the food was very good and considering the location I thought reasonably priced.  I had expected to pay more.

Please enjoy the pictures of the views out the window from my table.  I highly recommend visiting when you travel to Seattle.  Thanks.  rk