The Ballard Locks are closed today to install the “Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure” (basically a big fish screen for chinook salmon), so we stopped by to take a look. While we didn’t see any divers in the water, the Locks were very serene. A rare sight at this active place.
While it certainly hasn’t felt like spring very much so far, here’s one sign that nature’s eternal cycle is, well, cycling: The smolt slides at the Locks are being made ready for the yearly exodus of young salmon migrating to Puget Sound. The slides give the salmon a safer route to salt water than the […]
If you spend a lot of time at the Locks, you’ve probably seen an eccentric character named Richard Lewis. He’s there every weekday between 3:30 and 4:50 p.m. — for the last two decades — watching the tugboats with sincere interest. Turns out, he’s a “walking encyclopedia of the tugboat industry,” as this Seattle Times […]
The small lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is in the midst of annual maintenance. It’s completely drained and there’s some scaffolding waayyy down at the bottom. It shows you how much more there is below the surface, so to speak. In the meantime, boat traffic is going through the large locks. Yesterday evening, a […]