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The Beginning of Training

Getting there and getting settled.


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Monday 16 May 1994

In May 1994, I was sent to Seattle for two weeks of training. The classes started on Monday, May 16th and ended Friday May 27th. I spent a lot of time after class touring the Seattle area and finding places to eat where I could eat by myself and still have something of interest to see. My one disappointment was not getting to see Olympia Rain Forest, because I didn't think I'd ever get to see one of the rain forests that I'd heard so much about. It is a temperate zone rain forest whereas most rain forests are tropical. The Olympic Rain forest is still on my bucket list.

Since this was for work, my flights were booked by the work travel agency. I was supposed to fly in on Sunday May 15th so as to be there at the beginning of class on Monday May 16th. But I did not get back to Baltimore from the funeral of my 2.5 year old grandson in Pittsburgh until after the flight left on Sunday and the next flight I could get was on Monday. By the time I arrived at the airport in Seattle and got from the airport to the OSHA Training institute in Seattle (with all my luggage because I had not checked into the hotel yet) it was the end of class on the 16th.

I was told by the travel agency who made the bookings for us to take the Greyline Express Van from the airport for $7.00 to the hotel. The price has gone up since 1994. Gray Line - Limited downtown hotels only - $10.25 one way / $17 round trip 206-626-6088

I did not take this service because I wasn't going to a downtown hotel, but to the training headquarters. But this looks like a lower cost option than a cab and more convenient than a regular bus especially with baggage.

Instead of taking the cheaper van service from the airport to the hotel, I took the Shuttle Express to the site of my training. I paid $18.00 and gave a $2.00 tip. On the return trip I paid $19.00 for the ride to the airport.

Moon from my hotel room

Moon from my hotel room

I stayed at the Best Western Executive Inn Seattle Center which was advertised as being in the shadow of the Space Needle. I picked this hotel because they offered daily transportation to and from the Training Institute, and also I wanted transportation to downtown Seattle. My expense account did not stretch to renting a car, so I had to use public transportation or shuttles. Since I was here for training, I got a special government rate, which in 1994 was: $79.00+15.2% tax = $91.01 x 11 nights

This is now Executive Inn By The Space Needle Seattle

The Executive Inn itself recommends the Shuttle Express as economical and easy.

"Take the sky bridge from the main terminal to the parking garage. Take the escalator down one floor and their office is right there. The cost is $21.00 first person, $3.00 for the second and $4.00 per additional adult."

"Shuttle Express (206-622-1424) leaves SeaTac Airport every 30-45 minutes."

Another site says: "Shuttle Express has hourly scheduled service to major hotels in Seattle and the Eastside. It also offers 24 hour, door-to-door, share-ride service for the entire area. Shuttles cost approximately $18 one-way."

From their webpage in 2021:

Executive Inn By The Space Needle Seattle is situated in vicinity of the art museum "Chihuly Garden and Glass" and features entertainment facilities, a cable flat-screen and a shared lounge. Waterfront Public Park is a few minutes' drive from the inn, while the shopping mall "Westlake Center" is 1.4 km away.
The venue is just a 9-minute walk from Pacific Science Center. The centre of Seattle is nearly 2 km away. Pool and other attractions are very close by, making Executive Inn By The Space Needle a good choice for travellers.
121 rooms are equipped with complimentary wireless internet, climate control and high-speed internet. Certain units feature views of the city. Guests can make use of free toiletries, showers and a drier.
Those staying at Executive Inn By The Space Needle can sit down to a wonderful breakfast. Guests can enjoy Asian and Chinese meals at Zheng Cafe within 5 minutes' walk of the accommodation. Drinks are available at the sports bar. Seattle Center Monorail train station is within a 25-minute walk away. For your comfort, you will find a spa therapy and a Jacuzzi for free. The hotel also features a vending machine, a storage for belongings and a safety deposit box. Alternatively, guests can exercise in a fitness room.

In those days they did not have a free breakfast or a pool. I did have free local calls

The first night I ate at Christie's Restaurant in the hotel. Two of the guys in my course from western Washington state and their wives were waiting to be seated, and they befriended me and we ate together. This was good, because I was a bit strung out due to getting to the course late, and of course because of the funeral.

Tuesday 17 May 1994

Classes were from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm

Classroom at the Training Institute

Classroom at the Training Institute

The first afternoon I had free, I bought a trolley ticket for the waterfront trolley. This was my first experience on the hop on/hop off type of tour.
Trolley brochure

Trolley brochure

Streetcar_transfer

Streetcar_transfer

Streetcar_tracks

Streetcar_tracks

Looking out the trolley window

Looking out the trolley window

Old_trolley_tracks

Old_trolley_tracks

From the waterfront

From the waterfront

Looking up the hill

Looking up the hill

Downtown

Downtown


I understand that the trolley no longer runs as the track has been paved over. Today, it is bus route #99, and operates like any other bus route: no real tour or explanation of sites etc.

Bus Stops included:
- Downtown Shopping District
- Seattle Center / Experience Music Project (EMP) / Space Needle
- Bell Street Pier / Odyssey
- Seattle Aquarium / Seattle IMAX Dome
- The Waterfront / Argosy Cruises / Tillicum Village
- Safeco Field / Seahawks Stadium
- Pioneer Square / Underground Tour
- Seattle Art Museum
- Pike Place Market

Seattle still has streetcars - they just aren't the same as this one.

I got off the trolley at the waterfront and walked up the steps (the back door) to the Pike's Place market.
Steps up to Pikes' Market

Steps up to Pikes' Market


Pike Place Market is basically a fisherman and farmers market mall that has restaurants. One of the signature sights to see at the Pike Street Market is the fish market section where the employees throw fish to each other. Of course since I had no kitchen facilities I did not linger long in the Fish Market and if you are just a tourist, you probably aren't going to buy any of the fish,. It is a huge place - 9 acres. I think I bought some goodies there to take back to my room at the bakeries or some of the other food stores there.
Seattle Garden Center

Seattle Garden Center


One of the places everyone recommends is Pioneer Square. It's free unless you buy something in one of the shops or take the underground tour.
Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

Sculpture

Sculpture

Totems

Totems

Brochure

Brochure


Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest neighborhood, is now a historic district. This was the home of the original "Skid Road," a term born when timber was slid down Yesler Way to a steam-powered mill on the waterfront.

There's twenty city blocks of historic buildings, over thirty galleries, a retail sector (expensive antiques to handmade toys, but especially books), most of the web development companies and it is the center of Seattleā€™s nightlife. Smith Tower, which overlooks the square, was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1914.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a small museum recalling the crazed days a century ago when rough-and-ready gold-seekers converged on Pioneer Square on their way to the Yukon.

I strolled through the square and peeked into some of the shops on the way to taking the trolley along the waterfront but I didn't take the underground tour or buy anything.

Taxi

Taxi

Posted by greatgrandmaR 01:55 Archived in USA Tagged seattle trolley pike_place pioneer_square

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Interesting,looking back, how things change. Stay Safe.

by alectrevor

25 years ago - I was using a computer, but a 35 mm point and shoot film camera.

by greatgrandmaR

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