Closing worship was one of the most powerful things. I’m not sure if it was the music, or the simple gospel message of re-assurance that touched my heart but it was fantastic. To wrap things up we has communion. We stood in a circle and proceeded to pass around a common cup and wafers, for which each DCE would commune the person to their right side. It was beautiful.
|The group. The NW District DCE's who attended the confrence|
As we started on our drive this seemed strange since it was clear skies and dry roads. About a half hour in as we made our accent over Snoqualmie pass. As we descended on the other side of the pass the snow turned into freezing fog and freezing rain making for slippery roads. By the time we were on the flat and nearing Seattle it was partly cloudy skies. It was strange to drive through such a variety of weather in a short period of time.
|Clear skies and dry roads, what were they talking about?|
|More snow, wet roads but still not bad...|
|Entering Snoqualmie Pass-sleet/freezing rain|
|Freezing fog and icy roads...|
|Seattle--partly cloudy skies and dry roads|
|Headed to the Space Needle|
|At the top looking over Seattle|
|The Seattle Skyline from the top of the Space Needle|
Fun facts for you all, contrary to popular belief the whole top does not spin. There are two levels at the top. One is a restaurant the other is the viewing for tourists like myself. Only the restaurant spins, but of the restaurant only the exterior ring nearest the window moves. The restaurant kitchen and pluming area at the center of the needle does not move.
Other fun facts:
- When the Space Needle was built in 1962 it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
- The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles per hour, doubling the 1962 building code requirements. When winds around the Needle reach high speeds, 35 mph or higher, the elevators are designed to reduce their traveling speed to 5 mph for safety reasons. During the 1993 Inaugural Day storm, wind gusts reached 90 mph and the top house was closed for an hour and a half.
- On a hot day the Space Needle expands about one inch.
- There are 25 lightning rods (24 actual rods plus the tower) on the roof of the Needle to withstand lightning strikes.
- The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair.