September 11, 2004
As we headed out on Lake Union, a local co-worker pointed out all the sites along the coast; the houseboat where Tom Hanks' character lived in Sleepless in Seattle, U of W campus and football stadium, and the showstopper, Bill Gates' house. Well, we couldn't really see the house, it was getting dark and I was told his house is actually built into the side of the hill so you can't see much, but we did see the two brightly lit boat docks that mark each side of his property.
For dinner, we were served more baked salmon and beef tenderloin strips with potatoes and cheesecake for dessert. The tenderloin was excellent, but the server was a little tight with the servings. Several of us had to sneak extra pieces when she wasn't looking. I have to admit, I also wasn't happy with the drinks. The bartender did not have what I consider top shelf liquor so my rum and coke and my tequila sunrise were both sub-par. Not the bartender's fault, of course, but I let her know I was unhappy. Considering how much we paid for this cruise, is a little Captain Morgan or Cuervo Gold too much to ask?
Putting pettiness aside, the return trip back to the marina was spectacular with the skyline of downtown Seattle in front of us. The views of the Space Needle were especially good. As we drew closer, everyone on board moved up to the front of the boat admiring the sight. As we docked, another Waterways yacht docked beside us and we could see wedding reception going on complete with dance floor and disco ball. I wouldn't have minded a cruise like that! Anyway, a great way to mix and mingle, Waterways Cruises was a fun and delicious experience.
From journal Company Party