Alan & Teri's Travels travel blog

Reluctantly, we leave the North Beach Inn and Orcas Island.

We’ve decided to stop at the SeaBear Smokehours in Anacortes. Sea Bear has a free tour of their salmon smoking operation and a factory store. We were able to arrange a tour of the operation on short notice. We stocked up on salmon products after the tour.

On the way back to Ellensburg, we decided to stop in Mulkiteo, WA to tour the Boeing facility where the 737, 777 and new 787's are manufactured. The tour took an hour and a half and was well worth the admission price. This manufacturing facility boasts several “largests”.

It is the largest building in the world by volume 472,000,000 cubic feet. The building is almost a mile wide and a third of a mile deep. It covers 98.2 acres.

The overhead doors on the front of the building hold the largest digital photograph in the world. It too is almost a mile long.

We walked through the maintenance tunnels to the elevator to an observation deck above the assembly floor. It was amazing to see the setup for constructing large aircraft.

After the tour, we had lunch in one of the many cafeterias on the premises and toured the Future of Flight museum. T was a little disappointed because many of the electronic displays in the museum didn’t work....

September 4th - 8th we spent in Ellensburg trying to get enough of family to see us through til the next visit. We chatted and played board games. On September 9th we start for home. Did laundry, cleaned and re-packed the camper, all with a little sadness in our hearts. We really do miss our children and grandchildren who are so widely dispersed geographically.

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