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North America » United States » Washington September 21st 2023

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town September 20th 2023

Final count down. Resan går mot sitt slut även om fortfarande väldigt långt hemifrån. Men några huvudpunkter är kvar. Med gröna (jag har kanske skrivit blåa förut men referenscheck gav vid handen att det rör sig om gröna kapslar) och röda Wahlgrenspiller i kroppen vaknade jag upp ok men inte hundra på mitt motell med partiell sjöutsikt på en ö sydväst om Seattle. Lite febrig och hostig men absolut i skick att uppbåda energi nog för att springa runt ett antal timmar på ett museum med 150 flygplan. En väldigt omfattande frukost levererades till mitt rum i lådor med både varmt och kallt. Kanske ett halvt kilo plastavfall återstod när jag ätit klart. Rent vansinne. Malibun tog mig till Museum of Flights och det var en överväldigande syn. Flygplan från alla tidsåldrar och både militärt och ... read more

North America » United States » Washington September 19th 2023

Road trip bland Boeing, berg o öar.... read more
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North America » United States » Washington September 17th 2023

Det blev ju en snabb omläggning av reseprogrammet och ombord på buss mot USA och Seattle. Sista natten bokad i Seattle men nu tre öppna nätter så varför inte en liten road-trip i Washington state. Hyrbil bokas för tre dygn. En så kallad "managers choice" så det kan bli vad som helst. Men först bussresa i + 4 timmar med gränspassage igen. Det rullade på. Jag satt bredvid en kvinna som var pensionär. Hon var från den fransktalande delen av Kanada men det som stack ut var att hon sedan 30 år bor i Japan, i Kyoto. Hon är gift med en japan och har varit lärare i franska och engelska på universitetet i Kyoto. Märkligt vad jag träffar på universitetslärare runt jorden. Nåväl - jag hade ju tusen frågor gällande Japan, japaner, japaners inställning till ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 16th 2023

The Coast Starlight run by Amtrak is the name given to the train which runs between L.A. and Seattle, covering much of California, Oregon and Washington state. It leaves Emeryville, near Oakland at ten o'clock at night, and all being well with no delays from the many freight trains which share the line, you should arrive in about 7.30 the following evening. The choice between a standard seat at 145 dollars and a sleeper at 600 was easy to make. The compartment was fairly modern, and as we boarded late, sleep was the main occupation for most of us. I managed to get a decent few hours, and awoke to the wonder of Northern California. Incredible forests and lakes, with The Cascade range of Mountains dominated by the spectacular volcanic Mount Ranier which was still snow-topped ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 15th 2023

Now our Alaska cruise was ready to get underway! Port transportation from the hotel delivered Susan and me to Seattle's Smith Cove cruise terminal at 11:30 a.m. Boarding the ship was easy and quick. Susan and I enjoyed lunch on the Lido Deck Buffet by 12:30. Cabins were ready for occupancy at 1:30. The Muster Drill was very different than in times past. Passengers merely checked in at their muster station, watched a life jacket demonstration, and had their ship cards scanned. Carnival Spirit sailed from Seattle at 3:30 p.m. And so, we were now headed “Way up North, North to Alaska, the rush is on…” as the catchy theme song from the 1960 movie goes. Susan and I had great views from our starboard side balcony of the Seattle skyline, West Point Lighthouse, Whidbey Island, ... read more
Smith Cover Cruise Terminal
West Point Light
Edmonds, Washington

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 14th 2023

Breakfast Monday morning was at the hotel's Andalucia Restaurant. The decor and ambiance here reminded me very much of the restaurant at the Hotel Tivoli in Lisbon. We set out in mid-morning for the Seattle Center Park, the location of the Space Needle. The park had been developed as the grounds for the 1962 World's Fair. (I was at that fair, see my 1962 Seattle blog.) Naturally, we took the Seattle Monorail to Seattle Center. The park's grounds are still reminiscent of a World's Fair or Disney's Epcot. Several pavilions built for the World's Fair have been repurposed into museums or other spaces. We secured timed tickets to go up the Space Needle. Tickets go fast, so arriving at Seattle Center early in the morning is advisable. Our tickets would not be valid until Noon, so ... read more
Glasshouse
Winter Brilliance
Sealife Tower

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle August 13th 2023

Our summer cruise to Alaska began with a prelude in Seattle. The United Airlines morning flight from Washington Dulles faced an hour's delay. Nevertheless, we arrived at 11:30 a.m. on a bright sunny Seattle day. Susan and I collected our bags and made contact with Premier Shuttle we had booked for transportation to our downtown hotel. Nearly everyone we encountered asked if we were embarking on a cruise as if we wore some sort of a sign! One woman at the airport shuttle waiting area asked me if I had ridden the Seattle Light Rail. I replied I had not, for this was my first time in Seattle since 1962. The Mayflower Park Hotel was to be our base until Tuesday. It is a classic hotel, opened in 1927, with a European ambiance about it. The ... read more
Pike Place Fish Market
Pike Place Market
Athenian Seafood

North America » United States » Washington August 12th 2023

Some people ask how I became a world traveler. I guess I got it from my mother. Or did I? She never told us to be curious or seek out new places, but she made an argument to always dream for what you might not be able to have. I am a child of the 60’s and with that comes memories that are now hard to imagine. In today’s crazy over-protective world, I am convinced that my parents may have been jailed by the child protective peeps. Riding in the back of trucks, no helmets, no knee pads, we were left to wander the small towns with our friends as long as we were back for dinner. Basically, the world was safer on minds because we didn’t know we were supposed to worry. They were very ... read more
Moon, Mt Ranier and Old Glory
Bigfoot
River runs towards the ocean

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier July 28th 2023

Okay, I get it. This is not exactly timely. But it is what it is. Our reason for overnighting in Olympia was that we had planned to take my aunt to dinner. She is our only remaining relative from my parents' generation. But it was not to be. Shortly before arriving, we found out that she had just been diagnosed with covid, and so we abandoned that plan. However, we did go to her favorite restaurant in Olympia that evening. We also needed to have a part day in a town large enough to have a Honda dealership that could service my Honda Accord Hybrid. We had put 5000 miles on it since leaving Charleston. We knew this would happen, so had scheduled early morning service at the dealership in Olympia. Departing that thrilling adventure, we ... read more
2023 Lewis and Clark trip 916 Mt Rainier National Park WA 072823
2023 Lewis and Clark trip 917 Mt Rainier National Park WA 072823
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