The Pacfic North West

Trip Start May 24, 2005
Trip End Aug 20, 2005

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Since my last post I spent the day in Vancouver, which is beautiful city, with clean streets and where pedestrians can cross the roads at ease. I strolled down the waterfront, where for e500k you could have a 1300 sq ft 3 bed penthouse apartment with views of the bay and a solarium. I then stretched out in Stanley Park, top up my tan - as I felt a little bit pasty :-) and relaxed for the afternoon, while the Canadians geese and roller bladers busied themselves with what seem to me very hectic tasks :-) From Vancouver I hopped on another Greyhound bus no ex-cons this time, Canada so much more civilised, than the US :-).The journey only a mere 4 hours to Seattle. Seattle the home of Starbucks, where every second corner has a Starbucks and every other corner another coffee shop. Two of the main attractions in Seattle are the Space Needle, a giant "Futuristic Tower" built for the 1963 World Fair. It has great views from the top of just everywhere in Seattle. The second attraction is the mono-rail which glides through the city on 30 feet above street level. Apart from that there was not a lot else to Seattle unless you wished to view Jimi Hendrick's grave or tour some Nirvana sites. Well if you like to watch grown men throw fish about then head to Pike Market, where the Fishmongers do just that as well as sell fish, and let little kids be photograph next to Salmon or Halibut that is taller them.
So the following morning I put on a white tee shirt, hopped in my Chevy, Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" was on the stereo and I was ready for the open road again. I nearly felt more American than my car :-).This time I was travelling from Seattle down through Oregon onto route 101. Oregon looked very much like Wicklow except that they Super-sized Wicklow. Loads of valleys, mountains and trees. It all very scenic, just like Wicklow they even have the odd bear and elk :-). I drove into a small town called Newport which is pretty little sea-side place. This was first view of the Pacific which was just immense. There were loads of people on the beach but no-one in the water. So Sean dons his togs and goes rushing in, as far as my ankles! The water was bitter after a couple of minuets I could not feel my ankles even though I could see them. Maybe I will go for a splash on Venice Beach instead :-)
The next morning I head south on route 101 to California. The coastline was spectacular huge cliffs, thundering waves and golden sand but yet still no one in the water! :-) On part of journey I passed through the Giant Redwood Park. American being a literal place, hey I once saw a no smoking sign over a firework stand in a gas station, I suppose it does not hurt to state the obvious :-). As their name suggests the giant redwoods are giant and red but their size still does not fail to impress. Driving through the forest the light has a slight dark and green quality to it, which adds a medieval air to the forest. So my day ended in a town called Eureka, which should have been called "Yikes" a pretty dismal place with a lumber mill, run-down motels and diners. One night was more than enough in the place. So the following morning I headed south on 101 again to San Francisco. The road took me through Napa valley, home of Californian wine. Needless to say I didn't dawdle too much. I must admit, however sad to confess it, but it was great to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and descend on to San Francisco. So that is all folks it has been all scenery for the last few days and I have seem to run out of weirdos for now, ah well roll on LA as I am sure there will be one or two there :-)
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