We Survived 40 Minutes in a Tin Can!
What do you do in Seattle for Valentine’s Day? You take your sweetie for a helicopter ride! This 40 minute adventure took us as far away as Snoqualmie Falls, 25 miles from the City, which houses a power plant. I have several thumbnails below, though it was not a great day for picture taking.
We saw the total destruction of U of W Husky Stadium (they are rebuilding it), the “Ballard Locks”, which provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. You can also see a birds eye view of Sculpture Park, where we walk the dogs everyday and right next to that is the condo we live in (the double building with the red arches at the top).
We did get to see the house where Bill Gates lives, but it was too hard to capture with the camera. Also, we flew past Century Link Field, where the Seattle Seahawks play, and directly over the Mariners baseball park. Oh, and the picture directly to the right of the falls? That entire group of office buildings is the campus of Microsoft. It was as big as an entire neighborhood.
We had a great time, B was surprised and we will do it again this summer when the sky is clear. (you can click on each image to make it bigger and scroll though them).
Have a great Sunday!
A beautiful Christmas Eve day in Seattle
What another wonderful sunny day today. We took the dogs for a extra long walk and then headed for Pike Place Market. We figured it would be crowded the day before Christmas, and we were right! We still enjoyed ourselves, walking the mile down there and enjoying a nice breakfast at The Athenian. We have breakfasted there before, but it has a wonderful view of the water and it was a nice start.
We did a little shopping, but believe it or not, spent a good deal of time looking for a drug store. We found one just a block away from the 8 story Macy’s, which we ended up shopping at, as I needed some nice cookie sheets.
Not much else to say about today. We will be spending Christmas with just the 4 of us tomorrow, which is fine for us this year; much unpacking and baking to do tomorrow, But, we will get to spend Monday with some good friends.
B and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season and will keep you up to date throughout the New Year.
At The Athenian for breakfast
Outside at Pike Place Market
The pups are feeling right at home
We made it!
3,500. That’s the number of miles we ended up traveling as we finally reached the front door of our home here in Seattle. This last day was the easiest as we only had about 160 miles from Portland. And wouldn’t you know it, the rainy city greeted us with a full day of nice sunshine!
We were a bit worried how the dogs would adjust to living on the 9th floor of a downtown condo, but staying in 6 different hotels over the last 8 nights, from the 1st to the 6th floors, prepared them, I think. They are used to elevators now and didn’t hesitate a bit, to go out, when I opened the door to our little porch area, 9 stories up.
It was a long journey for all of us, but all in all, it went well. To be honest, though, I will probably have nightmares for the foreseeable future, mostly concerning loading and unloading a vehicle over and over again. And, I never want to make 12 trips up and down 3 flights of stairs at 5am, ever, ever, again.
I hope everyone has enjoyed our trip. But, don’t turn me off now; I plan on continuing this journey as we start our new lives here. Check in from time to time and I hope to have new adventures for you, or at least a tale or two, which B says I’ve become known for. I will do my best to keep it rated below an “R”. Chow for now.
Outside the condo before the "last" unloading
B and Bajhi by Puget Sound
Bajhi checking out her new digs
No caption needed:)
Not much to share today. It was a bit of a shorter drive and we spent the first part of the trekk in the mountains of Northern California. We made it to Portland without much fanfare and the fact that we are only 150 miles from our destination is killing us. But, we decided against trying to press on; it would have seen us arrive in Seattle during rush hour, and neither one of us wanted that.
More tomorrow once we arrive and get settled into our new home. Chow.
Bajhi at the ready to help me take on the driving nightmare
I hesitated to even blog today; driving in California was that bad. Picture your worst day on the interstate in your local downtown area or even rush hour along your outer belt. Now, imagine driving in that for over 6 hours. I kid you not, the drivers in California have now replaced Wisconsin drivers as the worst I’ve encountered. And, really, I shouldn’t be that cruel to the Wisconsin folks, they are just easy going and a bit slow, if not a bit careless. California drivers? I believe driving was the 3rd or 4th most important thing they must have had going while they were in the car actually driving!
I give complete and utter credit to my better half for surviving the day. Really.
And finally, my ode to California:
The smog thick and coarse
and the stank of your driving,
Seattle come quick
Portland tomorrow. Good Night.
We hit California today, and spent most of the day driving through/around/skirting the Mohave Desert. Beautiful, desolate and brown are the best way to describe our drive through most of Southern California. What stuck out the most was the endless array of mountain ranges on both sides of us.
As you can see from the picture below, the rest stop we hit in the middle of our desert drive was all dirt; the dogs took a few minutes to understand that this was indeed the “grass” in which to do their business.
We saw multiple Wind Mill Farms between Barstow and Bakersfield, and I gotta’ tell you, the driving in Bakersfield is horrendous. I think our drive tomorrow to Redding, CA will be nothing but heavy traffic. I am starting my deep breathing exercises tonight!
Windmills were like trees for miles
Our terrain for hours
Good things come in small packages....
Not much to talk about today, though we did try a different dog park that was in the vicinity of the local observatory (with a great view and I did not take any pictures…). We also ate at a place called Big Foot BBQ; very good! Oh, I almost forgot, you’ll want to hear about this; we got an oil change today:) Driving across country will eat up the miles between oil changes just like that! Oy!
Here are some random photos from the past few days that I haven’t posted yet, enjoy:
Somewhere in Arizona
Just outside of Flagstaff
At a rest stop in New Mexico
Don't know where we are, but I don't think Bajhi cares!
B and Bajhi, Snow Divas
For the very first time in my 42 years, I believe I have met “the wall” in terms of being physically whipped. No joke. So, with that measly excuse, ahem, we have decided to stay in Flagstaff a third night and won’t depart for Bakersfield, CA until Tuesday.
So, with some extra time on our hands we spent a good part of our Sunday morning at a wonderful dog park we found just a few miles from the hotel. The dogs had a great time and used up some good energy. We will probably go back tomorrow.
We went downtown today to do some shopping and just in time to witness a beautiful snow fall. Flagstaff has some great stores in it’s historic district and we found it utterly amazing that we met 3 different people (in the store where I bought some new boots) that were all transplants from Seattle (and all missed living there, though they love Flagstaff). We had some good conversations today and got some good tidbits about our new home.
We happened to look at the weather channel today and noticed that Albuquerque and Amarillo both got dumped on today, 6 plus inches of snow! Guess we got this far just in time.
Snow Flurries in Downtown Flagstaff
Hello, from Flagstaff!
If you told me it would get colder as we traveled south and west I would have thought you were nuts….
We finally hit snow today, as we landed in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. Chalk up another 600 mile day, which started at 4:00am., but saw us not actually hit the road until 5:50. Why, you ask? Because the large hotel we stayed at last night had only two luggage carriers, and two very, very wonderful people decided to take them up to their room last night and sleep with them, leaving me to take exactly 11 trips up and down 3 flights of stairs, before coffee was consumed, in order to leave when we did.
It was dark when we left the smelly plains of Texas, and we were greeted with a wonderful sunrise in the beautiful state of New Mexico. What a pleasant drive it was, too. It’s hard to describe, but there was something mystical about driving through an endless highway with almost no traffic.
B says Flagstaff reminds her of Boulder. I couldn’t say, but it does have a ski town feel to it. It is also the home to Northern Arizona University, so there is also a nice college vibe here. We found a nice pizza place called PICAZZO’S that has almost a full gluten free menu. The pizza was good and B was happy; which is all good:)
We are spending two nights here, so hopefully I will have more tomorrow. Chow.
Wait, wait, wait. We're moving where??
Day two of the trekk to Seattle continues….
Most of our day was spent rolling across Oklahoma, which, if no one told you where you were, could have been mistaken for Ohio or even parts of Georgia. Strange? Yes, but it was basically unremarkable in terms of landmarks.
We did stop at a place called Braum’s, an ice cream place that also sold groceries. We’d seen many billboards along the way and decided to give it a try. Upon ordering, B informed them that she had a peanut allergy and a gluten allergy. Blank stares were rampant until we explained that we needed to see if the hot fudge they served had “wheat” added. Problem solved and we enjoyed our confections.
Now, on to Texas, where we are currently spending the night in Amarillo. Texas has had a drought, and to truly understand it, you need to see it first hand. Everything is brown, vast and creek and river beds are dried up everywhere you look. I’ve never seen such rolling, open spaces. In Ohio, those spaces are taken up by farm houses, etc. In Texas, there is just land. And, you know there are cattle and horses, even if you can’t see them; the entire time we’ve been in this large state, the same smell permeates. If you live on or near a farm, you know of which I speak….
On to Flagstaff tomorrow. Wish us luck, it will be the longest driving day of our trip.
Boogh's All Day Activity
Bajhi Still Learning To Use Her Bed
Lovin' It, Really!
Our View For 2 1/2 Hours