A beautiful City

Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Saltwater State Park

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Monday, May 28, 2012

So we then set off for Seattle... Filled up with gas(not petrol) and refilled the propane (not gas).... And onto the Interstate 5 (the famous Five) ... (Lewis and Clark are not much in evidence here... Good, because we area little tired of them always dogging our footsteps!) We booked in to another Washington State Park, Saltwater, along the Puget Sound, and then set off to find Rachel and Tony Lownds' house in West Seattle. (Tony is our nephew) So thankful that we have a Garmin... But if we had had Andy's parents here, we would have been okay....! They claim to know their way around Seattle VERY well because they have watched Sleepless in Seattle so many times!! (But we are certainly not sleepless... So tired by the time we get to bed... ! Tom Hanks will just have to keep waiting on that tall building!!!))So we had a lovely lunch with the Lownds... it was good to be with family in a proper home! Cute little Kai got especially excited when Tony and Andy got out the toolbox to fit the stabilizer legs on the camper, and Maile was just so good and smiley.... They live in a lovely area. I think that Seattle must be a wonderful place to stay anywhere, especially within sight of the water. But Washington has certainly lived up to its name - The Evergreen State - it has been so wet...
I found boots at last as my feet have been so cold and I can't tell you how difficult it is to find boots with summer( is there ever summer in Washington?) coming up. So my boot choice was very limited... eventually got some waterproof/ fur -lined ones that look something like what a lumberjack's moll would wear.... However I haven't worn them yet as I foolishly expect the sun to come out every day!!
Our campsite in the Saltwater State Park was very pretty, next to a little stream, but no hook-ups... (to the non- campers this means that we didn't have either electricity or water). And it is just near the SEATAC airport.. Fortunately the planes stopped during the night... The shower was on the blink, and it rained through the night... But I wasn't sleepless!! It was one of the "true" campsites because people sat outside with fires going and talked, and children rode their scooters, and one couple took their 2 cats for a walk in special cat rucksack things!!! So we quite liked the break from RV campers.... And it was a pretty place to be close within a city. We are generally trying to avoid the big cities...

We left this morning again in the rain, and made for Port Angeles. Our plan is to
explore the Olympic Peninsula, take a ferry back into Seattle, from Bainbridge Island, to try to meet up with another nephew, Jamie Macpherson, and then maybe go across to Vancouver Island by ferry. We had yet another picturesque drive along the Hood Canal, with little houses perched between the road and the water. Amazingly enough we have seen quite a few Drive-Ins. ..(thought that was a movie tradition long past... Don't think my children have ever been to a drive-in... ag plees daddy..)
Cars are streaming back from their Memorial weekend break - glad that we are going in the opposite direction. It is illegal ( not just thoughtless!) to let more than 5 cars build up behind you on the road..... ! Special places to pull over to let others pass.
Went into a Art Gallery specializing in S'Klallan tribal art. Loved their simplicity of colors... Mainly turquoise/blue, black, white, reddy brown and grey.. But quite pricey..

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Gill Macpherson on

Nice to hear a bit about Seattle. Hope you find Jamie?! x

Mick on

Glad you saw mt StHelens. Pictures don't do mountains justice. It must have been a spectacular sight. On the Olympic peninsula near Kalaloch be sure to go onto a beach to see all the trees. It's a reminder of how young the west coast is.

siyaya on

Hi Gill
Found Jamie - wrote an e-mail

siyaya on

Hi Mick,
Pity that we didn't get as far down as that... It has been interesting seeing all the tree information... ie when trees were planted, and when they are due to be felled.

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