A view from 520 feet up: student gets a view from the Seattle Space Needle

Eric Zavinski- News Editor

Windswept on a turbulent Friday and awe-inspiring for the throes who traveled 520 feet up through it, the Space Needle in Seattle proved a magnificent place to be through day and night on a rare rain-free evening.

First, I must say the price is a steal for the worth in the gorgeous 360 degrees of sights you receive.  For less than $20 and no reservation necessary, one can be atop one of the United States’ most notable landmarks to see one of its most modern cities in either skyline-lit or sun-drenched glory.

Fortunately, I was able to see both as I bought my ticket specifically for 6 p.m.  As I, along with dozens more, were lifted through one of the three central elevators, we were toured through the city both shrinking in detail and growing in expanse before us.  It took hardly more than a minute to reach the top.

Wind had replaced the typical rain that evening; my clothes were suctioned to my skin with my necktie flapping heartily in the gusts, strongest on the southeast side of the observation deck.  It never let up.

What we experienced in the gales was just an afterthought compared to the sights our eyes and cameras were allowed to capture.  Selfies aplenty, nearly everyone had their phones out at all times.  It was a fairly clear night; everyone was taking advantage of it with friends or family.

The Space Needle offered a couple facets unique to its sightseeing experience.  I was able to log my name into the building’s computer, leaving my Spacebook photo and name leftover for future tourists to see.

Spacebook was a free feature offered to anyone who wanted professional photography taken of them to take home portraits set against the backdrops of Seattle locales, including the Space Needle, Mount Rainer and city skyline.

As you can see, the effigy of Seattle’s ingenuity and all we could see from it were spectacular.  Thus, it was even more amazing that for only $18 more, one could visit some of the best sculptures, Dale Chihuly’s masterwork, I have ever seen.  Look out for that splendor in the next issue of The Clarion Call.

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