Although Kaylee and Austin have lived their entire lives in the Northwest, neither had ever been to the Space Needle. Austin wanted to make sure he saw it before his time was up, plus, it was his first real date with Kaylee.
The Space Needle is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest. It was build for the 1962 World’s Fair. It features an observation deck, a gift shop, and the rotating SkyCity restaurant (where Kaylee and Austin have dinner).
The view is great. You can see Seattle, Mountains, Rainier and Baker, plus the Cascades and Olympics. Also, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands.
Many people wait in long lines, sometimes taking hours, to ride the elevator up the 605 foot tower, though the ride itself only takes 43 seconds.
“I take a bunch of pictures of Kaylee. She makes a different goofy face with each push of the button. She grabs the camera from my hands and starts photographing me. I’m a tad bit shyer in front of the camera than Kaylee. Most the pictures are of me with my hands in front of my face, hiding. Then we take a self portrait, Seattle looming in the background. We continue to reminisce as night falls. The Seattle skyline lights up, surrounding us in an endless sea of stars.” ~ Chapter Nine