Getting on/off a city bus and streetcar; riding about 1.5 miles. Getting on/off a large commercial motor vessel (indoor/outdoor seating) during a 1-hour study cruise and 1 hour coach tour; wear comfortable, closed toed walking shoes; bring a coat or light jacket. Route subject to change based on local conditions. Walking up to 20 city blocks, streets and sidewalks; walking and standing during field trips.
On the 2nd floor of the hotel, you can enjoy a made to order breakfast and/or a full buffet breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, pastries, toast, milk, juice, coffee (regular/decaf), tea, water.
We will be joined by geologist, naturalist, and published author David Williams for a presentation on taming Seattle’s towering hills. His book “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography” details how the physical city was remade by blasting, scraping, washing away, and filling in over a period of years to accommodate changing visions. He will share fascinating results of the research he conducted to write the book. Next, we will walk to a public bus stop and take the bus to Seattle’s bustling waterfront, where we will embark on a study cruise from Pier 55 on Elliott Bay.
Aboard the vessel, we’ll have boxed lunches.
We’ll board a large, comfortable cruise ship and get underway for a fully narrated study cruise towards the Chittenden Locks. Going through the Locks will get us up close with vessels of all types and sizes transiting through the canal. Once we pass into Lake Union, we’ll move past houseboat neighborhoods, view seaplanes buzzing overhead, and see Seattleites enjoying various water activities. We will disembark at the marina in South Lake Union and take a short walk to MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry. MOHAI collects and preserves artifacts and heritage of the Puget Sound region, its diverse history, and tradition of innovation and imagination — bridging past, present, and future with captivating exhibits, educational programs, and community engagement. During a self-directed exploration, we will learn about the past, present, and future possibilities. After our field trip, we’ll ride public transit back to our hotel.
We’ll walk about 5 minutes to Taylor Shellfish to learn about and enjoy some local shellfish with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Options will be available for those who do not eat shellfish, please be sure to let your group leader know during orientation if you have related dietary needs or preferences. We will learn about the vibrant seafood culture of Seattle and the Tide to Table movement practiced by Taylor Shellfish.
At leisure. Complimentary drinks and light snacks are available on the 2nd floor of your hotel every night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.