Trekking with Daisy 2009-10 travel blog

Space Needle

Marine ServiCenter - Yachts

'Troll' Sculpture Under Bridge - Barb Jones

Fishermen's Terminal - 'Sea Star'

Crab Pot with Cotton Rope

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Lake Washington Ship Canal

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Lake Washington Ship Canal - 'Salmon Waves'...

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Lake Washington Ship Canal - Smolt Slides

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Lake Washington Ship Canal - Yachts in...

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks - Lake Washington Ship Canal - Train on...

Puget Sound - Cruise Ship

Queen Anne Hill - Kerry Park Viewpoint

Queen Anne Hill - Artichoke Bloom

Waterfall Garden Park - Birthplace of UPS

Pike Market

This morning I was up and ready to go on the tour of Seattle, with plenty of time to spare.

While waiting for the bus, I attempted to call one of the University of Washington clinics to set an appointment. Alas! I couldn't complete the call because, according to an error message, I didn't have enough minutes. I could have screamed!!!! I should have nearly 550 minutes there were to have been transferred to my new account three days ago. I am at my wits' end. I had to use a pay phone after the tour to call for the appointment, which is set for Saturday at 3:15 at the Kent/Des Moines Clinic.

The tour bus picked up six people at the KOA Kampground. The others were two couples from Denmark. They have visited the States several times, but this is their first visit to Seattle. They flew to Los Angeles and rented an RV.

The weather was cool and very cloudy until just about the time our tour ended. Not good conditions for photography. Late in the tour, the bus broke down. The alternator had gone out! We had to get onto another bus to complete the tour. While we were waiting for help to come, we had just enough time to go to a nearby sandwich shop. My special BLT was very good. I saved half of it for dinner tonight. The tour just hit the highlights around the city. We had several three-minute photo stops and several 15-minute stops. Due to the bus trouble, our last stop lasted thirty minutes.

CARRAMBA! Tonight, when I went online to pay a bill, I learned that Guaranty Bank had been closed today by the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits (which doesn't apply to me), have been transferred to BBVA Compass, Birmingham, AL ("assuming institution") and will be available immediately. The former Guaranty Bank locations will reopen as branches of BBVA Compass. What a jolt this was! I had thought that Guaranty Bank was doing well.

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