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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Pioneer Square August 30th 2013

All good things must come to an end! Can't believe it's over but we're both really excited about getting home and seeing family and friends. After our pack trip we headed straight up to Glacier National Park, which is pretty close to alpine perfection. Snow capped mountains, flower meadows, rivers, lakes and lots of wildlife, fortunately with some sunny weather too. We spent 5 days mixing up our time between hikes and chilling on the shore of a lake with a book (with a daily swim for me too, very refreshing!). We found a great lake one afternoon so I went for a wee dip in the peace and quiet in my y-fronts, which are a bit worse for wear after four months travelling. Turns out our secluded spot was a bit more popular than we ... read more
Fried spam and a campfire, the perfect evening!
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 14th 2013

Seattle ist bisher die mit Abstand beste Stadt, in der ich in meiner noch jungen Reiseerfahrung war! So viel vorab, aber fangen wir vorne an... I decided to write an english version of each new blog because there are more and more of you guys who want to read it and are no native german-speakers. You will find it on the very end of each entry, after the german version. :) ... Als ich am Tag meiner Anreise einen ersten Blick aus dem Flugzeug warf und die unglaublich schönen Berge und Täler, im Hintergrund das Meer und zwischendurch mal eine kleine Stadt sah, wusste ich, dass ich mich in Washington State wohlfühlen würde, denn nach der kargen Landschaft Colorados war mir so ziemlich alles lieb, Hauptsache grün. Noch am gleichen Tag machte ich mich auf den ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 14th 2013

Es ist der Tag gekommen, an dem der erste Roadtrip von zweien in den USA starten sollte. Ein relativ markantes Datum, wenn man so darüber nachdenkt. Zwei Wochen ohne Dusche, ohne ausgewogenes Frühstück und ohne Bett, nur Isomatte und Schlafsack. Davon ein erheblicher Teil nur im Auto und ein Distanz von etwa 2000 Meilen (3200 km, etwa von Berlin nach Moskau und zurueck) vor mir. Ich mache das ganze hier gerade echt schlechter, als es sein sollte, als es war um genau zu sein. Nun gut, fange ich mal an. :) The day I was supposed to go on my first road trip in the United States approached - a pretty important day to be honest. The last day for me to be able to shower, to sleep in a real bed, to enjoy a well-balanced ... read more
Vancouver Skyline
Mount Rainier
Rutschen am Mount Rainier - Slides on Mt Rainier

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 13th 2013

Off on the metro to downtown early this morning. Our mission was to get to Smith Tower early which we managed to accomplish. We were the first group of visitors up in the manually operated elevator for the day. Smith tower was built in 1914 and is 42 stories high although the elevator only goes to the 35th floor. The buildIng is office space these days but the foyer and the observation deck are very nostalgic. Cost is only $7.50 for the ride up. It was a good clear sunny morning so we got plenty of great shots. Next we walked along the waterfront on our way back to Pine Street to catch the monorail to Seattle Centre. The monorail is $4.50 for the round trip and only takes a couple of minutes to reach Seattle ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 12th 2013

Change of plans for the day. The innkeeper gave us a map with suggestions of places to go and see some of the countryside so we decided that was what we would do today. First stop some shopping for a few more clothes at our favourite stores - TJ Max and Marshalls. Always get great designer label bargains in these stores. Then we picked up lunch at the local Safeway supermarket. It's a great way to save a few dollars and quite frankly Geoff and I don't really want to eat too much fast food so soup and salad rolls is a great option. The area around Snohomish is a beautiful drive. Lots of farmland and huge mountains in the background. The scenery was spectacular. Found a lovely quiet park called "Kla Ha Ya" park to ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 12th 2013

I knew I would like Seattle after I had taken a 5 minute walk downtown and immediately spotted a shop specializing in maps in all shapes and sizes, and a shop specializing in colorful umbrellas. After we arrived in the city, I had had to leave Leo sitting in Starbucks and go shopping by myself, as I had to take care of some shady businesses I could not let him see (= his birthday present). The impression I got on that first walk downtown was enforced the next day as we walked around together - we found many more cute shops and cafés (even though most of them seemed to be Starbucks, home to which Seattle is). It wasn't all cute and idyllic, though. In the evening of our arrival to Seattle we went to a ... read more
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 11th 2013

Up early again today as we we're going to a tour of the Boeing Factory in Everett - about a 40 minute drive from where we are staying. The factory is so huge is difficult to put into prospective but the guide told us that 7 Taj Mahals could fit inside the factory, or the whole of Disneyland with a 12 acre parking lot would be equal to the size of Boeing so that gives you an idea of the magnitude of the place. The tour is 90 minutes long and you get a bus to different parts of the factory to see the workings of the place. Boeing employs 42,000 staff at the plant. It is virtually a city within a city and has its own fire brigade, air strip, control tower, restaurants, coffee shops, ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 10th 2013

Early start to day as we need to meet our tour guide at 9am for our Free walking tour. We went downtown via bus again. It is a easy ride and tickets are only $2.25 and we got off right outside Pikes Market Place. The harbour is very picturesque and is a hub of activity. Met Molly the tour guide and went for an informative tour of the famous Pikes Market Place. Lucky we got here early as the place is packed by 9.30am. We tried free samples of food from vendors - had the best smocked salmon ever and watched the world famous fish vendors throwing fish! Truly a sight to see! The stalls selling fresh flowers were just amazing. Flowers were so very fresh - bees buzzing around collecting the pollen. Checked out the ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 9th 2013

Well we have arrived at our first destination after a 12 hour flight from Brisbane to LAX, then 3.5 hour stopover before boarding an air alaska flight to Seattle. The flight from Brisbane went smooth although it is always way too long for those of us sitting in economy. Food and service is great on Virgin Australia. Today we experienced what american folks call normal when boarding a domestic flight in the USA. It is a long process to get through all the security checks and I am grateful to be living in Australia where the threat of terrorism is not near as bad as over here. Having said that I am also grateful that the border security are doing their utmost to keep everyone safe! The flight from LAX to Seattle was just over 2 ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town August 5th 2013

Today can be summed up in eight short bullets: We had a lie-inWe ordered room service breakfast (a bit of an extravagance but worth it!)We had a lie down and mini napWe went for a walk around Pike Place Market on a beautiful sunny day (we loved the flowers, the flying fish, the gross gum wall, the elephant garlic and the heirloom tomatoes the most)We lunched at a little deli in Post Alley... read more
A bit of tourism for the day
The flowers
The gum




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