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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Wed 6th Sept

Sadly no moose.
Crossed into Idaho. New for Brian, his 32rd state visited. Passing the big city of Spokane. It seemed rushed and busy on the highway after the wilds of Montana. Then onto flat endless empty rolling hillsides for about 250 miles. Camped at Ellensberg. Great location beside the wide, fast flowing Yakima river. A bit like the Calder in full spate.

Thurs 7th Sept

Up into mountains of West Washington, great scenery. Stop at Snoqualmie Falls. 100 ft higher than Niagara - then onto Seattle. Word of warning. Don't try and take a 30 foot RV through a busy downtown city that you are unfamiliar with _ _ _ _ so eventually we end up at the campsite. Very nice but has a crowded, big-city feel about it. We are not sure we're big city folk any more.
The woman in the RV next to us has a voice that could strip paint, and a vocabulary like a navvy!

Fri 8th Sept

Hired a car so as not to take the RV in again ! Went to Pike Market. Oldest working public market in the US. Unusual wares, very cosmopolitan. Expected references to Frazier but none. Very fraught, problems with parking and booking tours etc "lets get ouda here". Couldn't escape, ran into huge traffic jam. Escaped to the campsite but frustrated. Decided we needed to see the pacific, so headed for the Pugit Sound. Great walk at waterfront and on to a restaurant.
Hazel tried Brians chowder "mmm nice". His applewood smoked salmon "good". Halibut "beautiful". She'd ordered the crab cakes "not bad". Hazel said "It's just seafood I don't like".
The waiter was a bit over the top, and was doing Hazels head in. He kept saying "Here are our drinks, Here are our bread rolls, our starters etc. Hazel said "Well he can join us for the main course, but we're not paying"

Incidental

Brian - " I hate American toilet paper !!! It's so thin. It's a major false economy and an ecological disaster because everyone must use three times more, and as a nation must get through half a rain forest, and its making me a buncher rather than a folder.
Hazel - Brian, please no more!

Sat. 9th Sept.

Brian went for a tour of the Boeing Corp. and Hazel availed herself of the free WiFi from the hotel across the car park.
BRIAN: Boeing factory is where they manufacture the planes. Biggest building by volume in the world. Five versions and about 6 of each in various stages. First there was a video about the history of the company, and a second fast forward thru putting a plane together from start to finish. Great sad git fun.
Then onto the ferry across the sound in order to visit Olympic National Park. Stopped off at Port Townend, very cute Victorian town which was hosting the wooden boat festival, so lots of nice old boats in full sail passing by , quaint shops and a craft fair. A good couple of hours. Noticed a new mens fashion style only previously seen in Seattle. The wearing of skirts. A bit like a kilt but plain coloured, and pleated. We cant see it catching on in Bradford and Brian doesn't have the legs for it.
Saw a sign advising of Tsunami escape route. Remind us again why......

Sun. 10th Sept.

Early morning walk on the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, a narrow spit of sand dunes protruding out into the Straits of Juan De Fuca separating Canada from USA. Saw lots of sea birds and some deer in the woods on the way down to the sea. The deer was a black tailed deer but we didn't know it at the time as we were face to face with it. Had we been face to tail we would have spotted it. Picnic lunch by lake Crescent in beautiful mountain scenery. Then onto Sol Duc, a hot springs area in the rain forest. Had a good time heating ourselves up in the three outdoor pools of varying temperatures and a swim in the larger cooler pool. All done under the pervading smell of bad eggs! Later on another walk through the forest, ancient pine trees hundreds of years old and very tall.

Mon 11th Sept

On to the west side of the National park to the Hoh rain forest which receives lots of wet from the Pacific, dry the day we visited though. Went on a mile and a half trail where there were many more very tall trees, draped in mosses and air plants, lots of ferns and maple groves. Very picturesque with the light filtering down from the from the tall branches through tapestries of green to the forest floor.
Earlier on the way into the park we stopped to look at one of the tallest spruces. 220ft. High 12.5 ft. wide and about 500 years old. Hazel saw a snake which went under a bush.
Hazel - Its gone under there, get a stick and poke about to look for it.
Brian - No!
Hazel - It was only a small snake.
Brian - Yes but where is its mother?
Turned out to be a garter snake, don't think they are venomous.
On to Ruby beach, the real Pacific this time, facing east and with beaches. Off shore craggy buttes jutting out into the sea with a backdrop of pine trees and the roaring Pacific Ocean crashing onto the sand. Lots of bleached tree trunks washed up onto the shore. A local quaint custom of placing beach pebbles in piles of descending sizes on the logs, so of course we made a Dymond pile.
Now into the "beach bum" phase of our trip as we will soon be leaving Washington and heading down the coast of Oregon.
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Comments

sarahdymond
sarahdymond on

Another great travel update!
Hi there! Thanks for another entertaining update. Glad you're still having lots of fun and seeing and doing loads. Speak to you both soon xxx

staceydurkin
staceydurkin on

Tayzer & Bri
Hi Guys,
It sounds as though you are having a brilliant time, I'm not even remotely jealous at all!!
Bri, you must stop poking snakes with sticks, I'm not sure that they like it! Remember the crab on Tenby beach? It took a particular liking to your index finger and attempted to remove it! Wildlife is not to be trusted!!
Can't wait for the next entry, they're excellent.
Take care, Love Stacey xx

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