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My trip to Western USA and Canada (July to August 2013)

Place   London
24/08/2013
Tag   travel
I am now home!  Although home isn’t quite what it used to be.. in more ways than one.. Mercifully, the flight to Frankfurt from Vancouver was better than the flight from Frankfurt to Las Vegas.  I definitely had more legroom, and I was by the window, so I was actually able to get some sleep this time!  It also meant I was able to get some rather fun photos on the flight home. ...
Place   Canada
21/08/2013
Tags   travel   vancouver
So it turns out Vancouver Airport does have wifi! Check in was quite slow; it took about an hour to get through the queue.  But I got there in the end, and for some reason they decided not to charge for the extra bag!  I didn’t complain..  I had tried to check in this morning, so I could just go through security before the flight, and enjoy the day not worrying about the ext...
Place   Canada
20/08/2013
Disaster.. the swimming pool and hot tubs are closed!!  I just went down to the Health Club for a nice end-of-day swim, and it is all closed until tomorrow.  Sad face.  So I am writing my blog post instead, and then I shall console myself with a local beer and dinner at a nice restaurant.. my last dinner of the trip.  Second sad face. So last night my plans didn’t quite work...
Place   Canada
19/08/2013
Yesterday (Sunday) was my last day in the USA, and it went off with quite a bang.  Annie and I left the church service early, so we could go to the Boeing Everett factory open day, at the invitation of one of her friends.  Tony met us in the car park, and then proceeded to blow our minds with an end-to-end tour of the worlds largest building (by volume). In the main Everett bu...
Place   Washington
18/08/2013
Tags   food   seattle
Once home, we all showered, and set about washing and drying the damp clothes / towels / tents / shoes / coats / miscellaneous camping equipment.  There was a lot to do and clean! I then took all the Platters (minus Andrew, who was meeting us later with Janae) and Jen out for a thank-you dinner, to a new restaurant in Issaquah called Flat Iron Grill, where we enjoyed a lot of ...
Place   Washington
18/08/2013
So, in the last post, I left us on the ferry from Whidbey Island to Port Townsend, on the peninsula.  It was 9.15pm, and the sunset was long past.  There were very few people on the ferry: it was the last one of the day, after all.  Thankfully onboard were some maps of Port Townsend, which allowed us to plan our attack on the two state parks, in search of a campground with a ...
Place   Washington
17/08/2013
On Thursday morning, we all got up and started packing like crazy..  Annie, her mum Dianne, Abbie, Jen and I were heading on a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula.  On Thursday we were joined by Steve and Stephanie, before Annie finished work and joined us for evening pizza. The packing was a little crazy.. we had a big camp stove and a big cooler packed with yummy food, which ...
Place   Washington
14/08/2013
Tags   food   seattle
Today was a quieter sort of day, which is probably a good thing, as we are heading out to Whidbey Island and the Olympic Peninsula tomorrow, for two days.  The morning began with a semi-lie-in (until 8am) and then I started to sort through my photos from the last two days, and write about St Helens and Rainier. That took the best part of three hours, so it was gone 11am by the...
Place   Washington
14/08/2013
Tags   mt. rainier   weather
After the impressive and brooding Mount St. Helens, we were all a little concerned that Mount Rainier wouldn’t live up to it.  Oh my goodness, how wrong we all were.  It was the most beautiful day; the sky was an incredible deep blue, the sun was lovely and warm, and there were almost no clouds in the sky.  The National Park Volunteer I met at the top of Second Burroughs Mounta...
Place   Washington
14/08/2013
Tags   mordor   mt. st. helens
Monday was the first of two day-long roadtrips to the two most famous mountains in Washington: Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.  My companions were (Annie’s sister) Abbie and Jen, whom some of you met last year when they visited the UK.  The plan was for me to hike, Abbie to paint the mountains, and Jen to read. Mount St. Helens is a fair drive from Issaquah, so we got up b...