North to Alaska (Day 15)

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Friday, September 23, 2022. Today is our final time on the Wilderness Discoverer for this journey. We arrived in Seattle early in the morning. Although I took a photo form the bow at roughly 6:30 a.m., we had already arrived in Seattle. During our arrival, I took some video as we passed through Ballard Locks. Yes, I turned it into a hyper-lapse video.

Hyper-lapse of passage into Seattle.

After arriving at Fishermen’s Terminal, we had one last breakfast on the ship.

View of Fishermen's Terminal from the deck of the Wilderness Explorer
Fishermen’s Terminal in the early morning hours

We then were transferred to the Motif Hotel for suitcase storage while we explored the city. Of course, we stopped at Pike’s Market. Hadn’t been there since 1998. Really hasn’t changed that much. We also visited the Amazon Domes. Sadly, they were closed for renovation until September 30.

View of Amazon Domes from across the street
Amazon Domes in Seattle

We also visited the REI store as I am a member. I believe this was the original one. Yes, they have ice picks as the door handles.

Entrance to REI store in Seattle
REI Store in Seattle

Our transfer to the airport occurred at 7 p.m. and we took the “red eye” to Chicago (leaving Seattle at 11:59 p.m.). We arrived in Peoria on September 24, 2022 at roughly 10 a.m. What a fantastic trip!

You may recall all those photos I took from the bow of the ship each morning. Here is a composite of those. Thought you might enjoy this view as we made our way from Juneau to Seattle. Can you guess which two days were spent cruising past British Columbia?

12 photos taken from the bow of the Wilderness Discoverer each day during our voyage.
Daily photos from bow (left to right, top to bottom) Juneau to Seattle
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