We had another great day today, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. We spent the service part of the day at St. Francis House in Seattle. St. Francis House was established 50 years ago in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi to be a presence in Seattle to serve those in need and to inspire simplicity and charity in its volunteers and those they serve. The ten PVs worked alongside their regular volunteers for the day. We were each given different tasks in different areas ranging from greeting the people when they came in and offering them sandwiches, doughnuts and coffee, to helping people find clothing and housewares that they needed, to sorting donations in the back to get them out and available. This was the 5th year that the PVs lent a hand and as always were inspired by the volunteers and the organization.
After our day at St. Francis House, it was time for a little sightseeing. We went to the Seattle Center where the Worlds Fair was held in 1962, also the home of the Space Needle. We then headed a little north to the neighborhood of Ballard and went to the Ballard Locks. The locks help boats get from the lakes to the sound, or visa-versa, where the water levels are different. (Think Panama Canal on a smaller scale.) After the locks we decided to eat at an old favorite, Totem House Fish and Chips. It was delicious and allowed us to miss the traffic through downtown. Once we got to back West Seattle is was just about sunset so we had to take in the views and the beauty of the sun setting over the Olympic Mountains and the sound.