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North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 13th 2018

8/4 Equipment malfunction at the Ashford Alexander’s Lodge this morning so the “major motel chain style breakfast” of eggs and bacon etc was replaced with crappy breads. There were little cartons of milk in the fridge but no cereals. At least there were some bananas, fresh oranges and old apples. All this with loud country music. I am wondering if the “equipment malfunction” had anything to do with an overload of air conditioners last night. The best I can say for this rustic lodge with its tiny sometimes hot sometimes cold shower is that it was one of the closest (5 miles) to the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park although, as we drove towards the park entrance we saw other (probably) better options. They did have 2 plug ins for electric cars so there was ... read more
Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier
Grove of the Patriarchs
Bridge over Ohanapecosh River in the Grove of the Patriarchs

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 12th 2018

8/2 On our last morning in Hood River, Debbie made a breakfast of French toast accompanied by real maple syrup. Homemade blueberry and strawberry sauces were set on the table along with a bowl of scrambled eggs and a plate of chicken sausage. As we left, our host Don kindly gave us a large bag of fresh picked, not organic but delicious, Hood River cherries for our next journey. Once again we were dissuaded on going somewhere, this time to The Dalles and again I am glad I didn’t listen. By 9:30am we were driving east on 84 to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center following the Columbia River all the way. The wide open desert like landscape was in contrast to the heavily treed region along route 30, but a welcoming sight to me since I ... read more
Outside the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Museum
Curving black marble inlay represents the Columbia River
Historic Route 30 along the Columbia River

North America » United States » Oregon » Hood River July 10th 2018

8/1 Debbie, the cook for the Brookside Bed and Breakfast, made a fresh breakfast for the 8:30am seating. Sweetened yogurt with berries was our first course with coffee, OJ and apple cider followed by a large cheese and tomato omelette with sautéed oregano potatoes and two slices of good bacon. Toast and bread options too. More than I could eat (again). The bowl of fresh locally picked local cherries were offered for us to take but in our hurry to get on the road we forgot to bring some with us for the day's adventures. Over breakfast Debbie gave us plenty of ideas for a packed day of exploration. Taking advantage of Debbie's local knowledge we left the Bed and Breakfast and headed up to Lost Lake stopping first for gas at Windmaster on Tucker Rd, ... read more
Mt Hood from Lost Lake
Lavender Valley Farmstand in the Fruit Loop
Mount Hood

7/31 Like most bed and breakfasts you choose a time when you would like to eat. This morning at the Portland White House, we opted to relax and enjoy the ambiance so our breakfast time was later than normal. The dining room was fully occupied save two seats which we promptly took. We were served a truly amazing breakfast. Slabs of bacon next to loads of fresh berries that were piled on top of Tiffany's Dutch German pancake accompanied by real maple syrup filled our plates. Freshly squeezed tangerine juice, coffee and opportunities for second helpings if you dared. I was eating well beyond my capacity! We were joined by many friendly people sharing their travel experiences and tips as we sat around the long dining room table. The International Rose Test Gardens were first on ... read more
International Rose Test Gardens, Portland
Portland's Japanese Gardens
Bridal Veil Falls

7/30 Fog hugged the lake on this chilly, foggy morning so I enjoyed our fireplace as long as possible before we bundled up and began the day with breakfast in the glassed in Roosevelt Room overlooking the lake and the Quinault resort. We had a window table with a lovely view. Dave watched as a Douglas squirrel perched himself on the windowsill lusting after his breakfast. As I sat eating my amazing pancake breakfast I wondered if President Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed the same experience as he sat eating his meal in this very room. Apparently he did because nine months later President Roosevelt signed legislation that created the Olympic National Park. I had reserved an early morning guided tour of the lake but on this chilly morning I wondered if I had done the right ... read more
Breakfast in the Roosevelt Room at Lake Quinault Lodge
Foggy morning at Lake Quinault Lodge
Judy, our captain, points out landmarks on the lake

7/29 It was 46 degrees when we woke but quite comfortable on our cabin, although our neighbors were very noisy moving furniture with crying children late at night and early in the morning. Smells and sounds from the campfire lured us out of our warm cabin to the outdoor bonfire kitchen. True to Bill’s word we enjoyed a terrific Cowboy Breakfast including a generous-sized healthy pancake with a fried egg breakfast cooked by chef Tammy, outdoors by the fire under the wooden mortice and tenon gazebo. Bill built the gazebo, cabins and most of what was around here. He was a font of information explaining the local history, telling stories about the Spanish invasion on the Nikali ship around Neah Bay in 1792. Bill built a monument to the history of this interaction in Neah Bah ... read more
Dave and I with Mic Dodge and his Hoh tree
Hall of Mosses
Roosevelt elk soaking up sun on the Hoh River

7/28 Cape Flattery, the furthest northwestern-most point in the continental US was our next destination on this chilly 48 degree morning. I drove along on a very curvy and hilly, beautiful winding road through tall green forests. The fog broke around the tiny coastal town of Sekiu, a world famous recreational fishing destination. When the shoreline poked through we could see Vancouver Island draped in the low hanging clouds. Pillar Point was our first coastal stop where the eye popping scenery was sadly despoiled by the sign that read Danger Toxic Shellfish. We continued on the Strait of Juan de Fuca National Scenic Byway, 50 miles west of Port Angeles on Highway 112 stopping frequently to photograph the beautiful viewpoints along the road. We stopped at beautiful Clallam Bay, considered the twin city of Sekiu, where ... read more
Eagles soar at Clallam Bay
The beach at the Log Cabin Resort at Crescent Lake, ONP
Entrance to Huckleberry Lodge

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 8th 2018

7/27 This Seattle morning began with a hearty pancake breakfast at the 11th Avenue B&B. We checked out leaving our bags with the ever helpful and pleasant Melanie to get later, found the number 8 bus 2 blocks away (we found the Capitol Hill Link light rail subway station confusing) to Seattle Center and went to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum located under the Space Needle. It was very special and larger than the Chihuly exhibits we have seen in other locations, but of course this was in his hometown. We enjoyed several 4 minute movies describing his process and a bit of Chihuly history. I was most impressed with the Northwest Room where Chihuly displayed his Baskets, Cylinder, and Soft Cylinders series. Here he experimented with glass-thread drawings on glass vessels, inspired by Navajo ... read more
Basket, Cylinder and Soft Cylinder series
Views of Victoria, Canada from Hurricane Ridge
Distant glaciers seen from atop Hurricane Ridge

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 8th 2018

7/26 We woke to sunshine, albeit chillier than what we are used to. The 1906 11th Avenue Bed and Breakfast provided a hearty breakfast that we enjoyed amidst fellow travelers. My friend Bob had arrived as promised to give us a tour of Seattle. We fastened our seatbelts and were off for a whirlwind tour of Seattle! I don’t think there was a highlight or historical detail that was missed. We began with a quick tour of the lovely little Chapel of St Ignatius at Seattle University. This tiny church, striking as it was reflected in a long pool, was designed by Architect Steven Holl who designed the chapel using vessels of light to define physical and spiritual spaces. Pools of light separated the dark spaces within, asking the visitor to experience light as it passes ... read more
Women Hold Up Half The Sky exhibit
Middle Fork, tree sculpture by John Grade
Seattle Center for Wooden Boats

7/25 Friday Harbor. We slept late for once. Took our time showering and packing before checking out of the Discovery Inn where we left our bags with the manager, Katy, who assured us she would make sure they were put on a taxi at 4 to be left at the dock. (She did!) We walked 5 blocks (thankfully mostly downhill) to the Rocky Bay Cafe that our hostess Katy recommended for breakfast saying this is a favorite of the locals. That’s what we wanted. We were warned there might be a line but since we arrived around 10:30 am we got a table right away. This popular restaurant had great designs on the walls. I opted for the "Senior" breakfast: one egg, 2 bacon, one pancake with real maple syrup and good coffee. Dave had a ... read more
San Juan Clipper
Pod of orcas
Harbor Seals on the way to Seattle

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