Ballard Locks Seattle viewed from Amtrak Empire Builder

During my recent visit to Seattle Washington – I didn’t have enough time to venture to the Ballard Locks – officially known as Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. My last visit had been in 2008. Before my Amtrak land cruise – I hadn’t explored the routes online in any serious detail. I rode Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Seattle back to Chicago.

Since I hadn’t done my homework – I missed several really good video opportunities as I left Seattle. It didn’t help that my roomette was on right side of train – left offered best views. Completely lost out on recording Edgewater Hotel ( where I stayed ) and Seattle waterfront from Empire Builder. But I was alert enough to catch the Ballard Locks.

I’d seen bridge Empire Builder would cross over water ( Salmon Bay ) from previous visits to Ballard Locks. I didn’t know it’s name or what trains traveled over it. Salmon Bay Bridge, also known as Bridge No. 4 is it’s name.

Unfortunately I was several weeks to late to have an opportunity to record any Deadliest Catch boats sailing through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

Ballard Locks are completely pedestrian friendly. You can walk right next to boats traveling through. This location also offers the Carl S. English, Jr., Botanical Gardens and a bunch of interesting history. I’d assume the most popular Ballard Locks attraction would be the fish ladder – depending on time of year of course. There are several areas where you can view fish traveling steps. An underground chamber has a viewing room to watch these fish on their journey through Ballard.

Recorded October 23 2015.

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