This evening we are heading to the Seattle area for a few days. Whenever we head north to visit Jeremy’s family we make sure to take some time in the city to explore. A new addition to the Seattle list of activities is The Seattle Great Wheel, a 175 foot Ferris Wheel which extends 40 feet beyond the end of the pier where it’s located above Elliott Bay. That sounds like a tourist attraction worth checking out.
In my online research to learn more about this ride I came across a top ten list of Ferris Wheels. Not only did this discovery help prove that there is a Top Ten List for everything imaginable, but it led me to the Big-O. This feat of engineering is a non-traditional Ferris Wheel without center spokes. Seriously! (See above) Instead there are a pair of chopstick-like supports on each side to hold the 200 foot wheel in place. To highlight the huge gaping hole in the middle even more a rollercoaster shoots through the middle of the wheel. Why not, right? I mean, this wheel is in Tokyo at Dome City after all and I would expect nothing less from the innovative Japanese. Suddenly I have a great desire to travel to Tokyo….