More of the Great Northwest
Hello from the Great White North
It has been almost a month since my last blog entry and while our geographic location has not changed dramatically since my last post it seems like we have done quite a bit. We travelled North from Portland into Seattle where we stayed on the East side of the city in Issaquah WA. From there we explored both downtown Seattle as well as a day trip to the city of Wenatcheee which is on the East side of the Cascade mountains and as such enjoys a much dryer climate and warmer weather than the greater Seattle area. We also we able to take a small side trip over the Olympic Peninsula to stay with some friends we used to work with in San Diego. They were such wonderful hosts showing us around the beautiful areas of Port Ludlow and Port Townsend.
While in Seattle we found a very promising house for sale back in Bend Oregon so we retraced our steps a bit and returned to Bend for a couple of weeks to re-investigate the housing market there. It turns out the house had some issues so we returned to Seattle to continue our adventure. While the house in Bend didn’t work out the loopback allowed us to meet up with our friends from San Diego who were visiting Seattle as well as a friend I went to college with and had not seen in many years. It was great being able to visit with both of those guys and their families once again.
Once we left Seattle (for the second time) we headed North to Vancouver British Columbia where we stayed for three days. Vancouver is a much larger city than I envisioned. There are a LOT of high rise buildings and the Canadians are always a very friendly bunch. We visited the famous Capilano Suspension bridge which was built originally in 1889. Well those are the highlights of what we have been up to.
Let’s get to the pictures and show you some more details:
This is a picture of the famous Snoqualmie Falls East of Seattle. This 270 foot water fall is one of Washington state’s most visited attractions. Very Cool!
At the top of the falls is the beautiful Salish Lodge where we had lunch with our friends overlooking the falls.
I am really into model airplanes and as we travel I try to visit different model airplane fields. This picture was taken at a model airplane field at Mary Moore park near Issaquah WA. You can see Mt Rainier in the background.
These two pictures were taken at the world famous Pike Place fish market in downtown Seattle. This is the place where you have probably seen them throwing fish to each other through the air. They still do that but it seems much more for the tourists than anything else. I still recommend a visit here though because there is SO MUCH more in this market than flying fish….like some of the freshest fruit I have tasted. YUM!
This is a picture of our friend’s children having fun on Alki beach in Seattle where we all met for a wonderful afternoon on the sand and a great dinner overlooking the ocean.
Here is a tug boat under renovation at a dock near Port Townsend on the Olympic peninsula. I really like tug boats so I try to take pictures of them when I can. In this case I was able to meet and speak with the captain. This boat was originally built in 1954.
This was an example in a boat building class in Port Townsend.
We saw a BUNCH of deer out on the peninsula. This one was walking across a parking lot at the old Fort Townsend State Park.
We took another small side trip out to Anacortes Washington. This is where my brother in-law is from and he spoke so highly of it we just had to go see it. It was beautiful!
Here is Susan standing beside a cross-cut section of a 242 foot tall Douglas Fir which was estimated to have been almost 1000 years old. Susan is pointing to Ray our traveling mascot that we photograph is various places as we travel.
This is a picture of a beautiful old Victorian home in a small city of La Conner just outside Anacortes.
Next we packed up and headed North to Vancouver where we crossed the boarder without incident and began to explore the city. We got VERY marginal Dim Sum at a restaurant near China town then headed over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for the afternoon.
While kind of pricey ($34 / person) to enter the park as you can see from this in park map it is like the Swiss Family Tree House in Disneyland on Steroids. In addition there are walkways throughout the canopy of the rainforest to explore and walk through if you are not afraid of heights.
This is a picture of us about to cross the main suspension bridge entering the park. Very Cool place!
This is a picture of the Port Mann Bridge on Canadian Hwy 1 we crossed heading back from downtown Vancouver.
Well friends that is about it for now. Tomorrow morning we begin our great adventure up through the Yukon and into Alaska. We don’t have all of our stops planned out just yet but we definitely want to visit Denali National Park which is about 2300 miles from here in Vancouver BC. That is about the same distance as here to Dallas Texas. Yikes!
More from the Yukon and Alaska in the next few weeks.
Tom & Susan