Published: April 19th 2006April 16th 2006
Leaving Seattle and heading north to Vancouver.
After a satisfying bowl of raisin bran, we packed the car and headed north to the University of Washington to view the campus, which is renowned for the cherry tree blossoms this time of year. After driving around for what seemed like ages we finally stumbled across a parade of cherry trees in full bloom. They were a beautiful shade of a baby pink set against a back drop of green lawns and mountains…. Stunning!
After the Naomi and Claudia photo shoot, we continued north to Skagit to the tulip festival. This really was a sight to behold, rows and rows of colourful tulips, they looked like Joseph’s technicoloured coat! The camera really didn’t do the colours justice, such was the vibrancy of the reds and pinks! This seemed to be a major tourist attraction as there were hoards of tourist all vying for a few parking spaces in the mud on the side of the road. Some locals had even become opportunists trying to charge $2 for parking! We refused to pay that and avoided that by repeated drive by photo shoots!
Following our fill of colour we once again headed north towards Mount Baker, after a satisfying
University of Washington
Cherry blossoms on the university's campus.
Easter lunch from, you guest it….Taco Bell! Umm mmm good! Taking the back roads through the scenic countryside we were blessed with majestic views of Mount Baker, before heading through the Canadian immigration. The Canadian immigrations staff were very handsome and friendly, and we decided not to give them our phone numbers as requested!
Now to Vancouver! The views of Mount Baker behind us were incredible, too bad we were heading in the wrong direction; however Gail had a flash inspiration and decided to try and get a shot of MB by sticking the camera out of the window as Liisa was speeding along the freeway. The camera lived to tell the tail, however the lens cap took flight and probably ended up under an 18 wheeler!!! Judging by Liisa’s stony silence I won’t doing that again! LOL
The first thing that stuck us on entering Vancouver were the skyscrapers and snow capped mountains looking very impressive in the distance; however the numerous golden arches detracted somewhat from the view! We’ve never seen so many Mc Donald’s, it seemed like they were on every street corner! Trying to find our hotel hidden in suburbia was relatively straight forward,
but once we did, we immediately regretted that we didn’t book into a nice 5 star hotel downtown - not that we could afford it, but hey in our dreams! Our hotel was located in a scruffy area of town, the room was a matchbox. Its only redeeming features were the views out of the window of Grouse Mountain and its ski slopes, plus it had WAP! It even had a Mc Donald’s right next door - not that we would be frequenting that place! Time to update blog…
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