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North America » United States » Washington » Everett July 26th 2019

We were up very early this morning. Both of our phones started ringing with robo calls at 5 AM. OK, so they thought we were on EDT. But 8 AM is still too early for a robo call. Are we not all still waiting for the day when these calls cease once and for all? 5 AM. So of course it woke the dog too, and he figured it was time to get up and go for a walk. And so, our day began. We left the hotel at 7:45 and 61 degrees and headed west. Our target for today was Everett, WA, which is a town just north of Seattle. However, we had a plan to get there via Mount Rainier National Park. And that is what we did. When we left Walla Walla, we ... read more
Power Plant
Power plant
Vineyards in Yakima Valley

Oh, how I love the northern states in the summer. When it is 85 degrees it feels fine. When it is 55 degrees, it still feels fine. Not so in Florida. The air up here is dry and refreshing, and it is a pleasant respite from the humidity back home. So, when we got up this morning and it was only 48 degrees, we still put on our shorts, knowing that in an hour or so, it would be comfortably in the 60’s. And it was. It actually made it to the 80’s before the day was done. We left the hotel at 8:10 AM and 54 degrees and headed west on I-90. It was my opinion that we needed a bit of a rest from the winding mountain roads. The past few days have had ... read more
The road to Spokane
Lake Couer d'Alene
Lake Couer d'Alene

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town July 14th 2019

Now, this is just astounding: Every man, woman, and child in the nation eats an average of 23 pounds of pizza annually -- that translates to around 46 slices -- adding up to a total of about 3 billion pies. To break the pie chart down another way, about 350 slices get consumed every second of the day. So, assuming I can eat three slices of pizza at one sitting, this means that we order a pizza at least 15 times a year, or better than once a month. For us, that is probably a little high. We probably order a pizza for delivery once a month, and have one pizza at Serious Pie in Seattle on our annual June trek. I think the stats might be somewhat skewed by events like Super Bowl Sunday, and ... read more
Pizza eating contest
They must be crazy???

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 25th 2019

Während meiner legendären USA-Reise 1997 habe ich in Seattle schon die Space Needle, die Untergrundstadt und sogar das Boeing-Werk im Norden besucht. Diesmal habe ich wieder meinen Spaziergang nach dem Frühstück begonnen und bin zuerst am Seattle Art Museum mit dem Hammering Man vorbei. Von dort bin ich zum Pike Place Market und habe im benachbarten Starbucks einen Frappuccino getrunken und meine letzten US-Münzen ausgegeben. Danach bin ich hinunter zur Waterfront und dort entlang gelaufen. Zuletzt bin ich wieder bergauf zum Hotel. Den restlichen Nachmittag habe ich dies und das gemacht und abends ein italienisches Meeresfrüchtegericht gegessen. Morgen werde ich zu meinem letzten Etappenziel fahren.... read more
Am Seattle Art Museum bin ich vorbei gegangen.
Hammering Man.
An der Waterfront.

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle June 24th 2019

Heute ist nicht viel passiert. Nach dem Frühstück habe ich bald das Hotel verlassen. In Portland habe ich ja nicht das Valet-Parking beansprucht, sondern gegenüber im Parkhaus geparkt. Hier in den USA ist es oft so, dass man nicht an einem Kassenautomaten, sondern an der Schranke mit Kreditkarte zahlen kann. Dann bin ich die knapp 300 Kilometer nach Seattle gefahren. Man hätte entweder an der Küste entlang fahren oder das Mount St. Helens Denkmal besichtigen können, aber zu beidem hatte ich keine Lust. Statt dessen bin ich mit einem Zwischenstopp direkt zu meinem Ziel gefahren und habe das Hotel schnell gefunden. Dort habe ich so dies und das gemacht. Später habe ich im Hotelrestaurant eine Entenbrust gegessen und jetzt kucke ich wieder das einseitige Programm von CNN, nachdem ich schon die heutige Tagesschau im Internet gesehen ... read more
Mein Hotel in Seattle.
Mein Hotelzimmer.
Entenbrust zum Abendessen.

Leaving Portland late on a Saturday night set us up to catch an early tide from Olympia to Pt Townsend in one day. The first leg of our trip is spent unpacking and stowing all the food and supplies and Peter plans for the week of maintenance coming up. Unfortunately, like many boaters now dealing with unusually warm, our propeller & rudder made for an inviting base for barnacles that slowed us down considerably so we hung on the hook in Pt Ludlow's inner harbor next to the "Twins" a pair of natural, uninhabited islands (by humans that is). At least the calm weather and clear skies gave us a joyful start for our 2019 IPDP Summer Cruise with a light breeze behind us hopefully foretelling an easy, safe journey ahead. The first week of our ... read more
Passing Seattle
Up the mast
Bridget puts new coveralls to work.

North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 17th 2019

Yesterday was our last day at whidbey. We took a short trip to Deception State Park to do some hiking. It’s a great park with several trails winding along the coast. Great views. Pictures speak for them selves. Whidbey Naval Air Station was a joy to visit. The RV Park was one of the best we have ever used. Right on the water and very clean and well kept. It was an experience being around this part of the Navy again. Whidbey now has several P3 squadron and a few new P8 squadrons. It also has some EP3’s and the new F/A 18 Growler. We flew in here a lot back in the 60’s and 70’s to pick up torpedoes and do practice mining runs. At that time it was a small outpost and was the ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor June 16th 2019

Hi All. Yesterday we ventured to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. It took another ferry from Couteville to Port Townsend and then 135 mile drive to the Hoh visitor center. It took about 3 1/2 hours for the drive each way. Driving is very slow in this part of Washington with the two lane roads and lots of road construction. We did have two hours of hiking around in the area before heading back to the Port Townsend ferry. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the wettest places in the continental US. It receives nearly 12 FEET of rain a year. We get that much in St George every 20 years. The area is absolutely beautiful. After taking the ferry back to Couteville we found a great little neighborhood sea food restaurant. ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town June 15th 2019

Many of you are shocked when I tell you we attended a talk by Tony Bourdain some years ago in Seattle. He had yet to start Parts Unknown on CNN, and was still using "No Reservations" as his vehicle for fame and fortune. Someone also gave me his book, "Kitchen Confidential" which was a perfect reflection of his often vulgar adventures through the culinary world. But, as he morphed into "Parts Unknown", he became more of an elder statesman, almost a sage, in the loosest sense of the word. He left a lasting impression on Seattle. Here is the article in the local Seattle paper, in case you missed it: url= ... read more
Locals only??
Love the clams at Emmett Watson's

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Chinatown June 14th 2019

Before you turn away in disgust at the title of my email, please keep reading a little more. After all, wedgie could be a wedge of lettuce, or a great piece of pie. And "waji" is the cute nickname for the most famous Pacific northwest area super duper market, called Uwajimaya. Easy for you to say? The famous Uwajimaya is a high quality Asian supermarket with gift shop, and Japanese bookstore, all under one roof. They have been in business since 1928! And we visit EVERY time we are in Seattle, since it is so much fun. From their company website: With over 400 employees, Uwajimaya is one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1928, Uwajimaya has evolved beyond providing basic grocery staples and become known as a tourist and destination ... read more
Best Asian store on the mainland USA
They have everything!
Some purple kale

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