Redmond Marriott Town Center
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- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Refrigerator in room
- Room service
- Non-smoking hotel
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....land of my dear Sri Lankan friends who I met through the Meditation courses in Toronto/ Minden 'gypsy' camps where we sat / served ~20 years ago but such good strong memories still( there was something about that time/place that was special!!) I wanted to see a bit of their homeland. My good fortune was that Neville was here at this time...so we had agreed he would meet me and do some touring. ..I always say that there " must be a reason" ...
... and anything I decided to buy would either have to be abandoned at some point, or posted to the safety of my friends back home. Actually, it'll be pretty interesting to see what I still have at the end of my trip that I started with! (I've already ditched some clothes and bought some new ones. Everyone said it would happen! I didn't expect it to happen so soon.)
After a rain-filled drive to the airport, I'm here. Waiting for my flight which leaves at 11.50pm. ...
We got to see some amazing sights, from mountain wildfires, the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, to the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, Mount Rushmore, Gateway Arch and Statue of Liberty. We saw endless seas of clouds from above and below, and moving waves of Midwestern grain. We saw great sunrises and sunsets, thunderstorms, and fireflies.
There are some moments that just stick in my mind to show the unbridled joy that only a 10-year old can ...
... would then yell, in a slightly-cracked, high-pitched voice that only a 10-year can do, "CLEAR PROP". With that, I started the engine and we taxied out to take off. As I started my takeoff roll, I momentarily lost my concentration as I suddenly realized that it was being watched by Burt Rutan, the plane's designer and an engineer who I admired, so I had better make it a good one. Talk about pressure!
As we climbed out, I kept an eye ...
... seagulls (at least compared to Australian gulls) which you're encouraged to feed, and some interesting locals. One young man had a home made fishing rod complete with a water bottle turned collection plate and cardboard salmon that read "fishing for kindness". There are quite a few beggars around and they ranged from our fishing friend, to a very well kept older man who sat, legs crossed, reading a paper, to a scraggly woman sitting in the tightest squat I've ever seen, ...