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Nov 4, 2019 - Pre-trip planning

I visited Hawaii 3 times before, but the last time was 1997. I always think I would first visit places that are hard to get to when I still have energy and health. Hawaii was not on my radar. This all changed a couple of weeks ago when I received an invitation from a couple of friends. I met them in Ecuador in March at a hotel where we all stayed. We hit off very well. They live in Seattle area and are retired anesthesiologists from Swedish hospital. We know some mutual anesthesiologist friends such as Dr. Auyong of Virginia Mason. They...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Seattle

Today was our first and last full day in Seattle. In spite of early rain in the day, we ventured out to do a "walkabout" of downtown Seattle. The Pacific Science Center was, alas, closed, but the Chihuly Garden and Glass was open, and we were very glad it was. Sandy had previously visited the place, but I had not. Dale Chihuly is a very gifted artist who specializes in glass, and what a gifted specialization he has! Some of his creations defy the imagination, but as he said himself, "sometimes I don't know what I am going to do until I do...

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Oct 7, 2019 - Port Gamble & Seattle

Leaving Port Townsend, we stopped at the Jefferson County International Airport. Yes, I said the International Airport. It really is a well laid out small general aviation field, but it carries the moniker of "International" because one can clear Customs coming from Canada without going to a large airport like Seattle-Tacoma. In any case, we had a delicious breakfast at the Spruce Goose Café, located at the airport. There are numerous model airplanes hanging from the ceiling and other aviation related memorabilia situated around the café,...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Seattle (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We love flying with Alaska Airlines because of their many positive customer perks, but especially because they are very quick to email their guests a credit voucher if their flight is delayed an inconvenient amount of time. This happened to us last year when we were returning from a trip to the Oahu and the Big Island, Hawaii. The credit vouchers are good for one year, as long as the flight is booked before the voucher expires. It was good until the end of May, and we used it for this flight in late September....

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Sep 10, 2019 - Seattle

10 September 2019 Our last full day in Seattle, so plans had to be made. The men left first to pick up Ian's repaired watch from the watchmaker. The girls followed a little later and we met up at the Washington Convention Centre to catch the first hop on, hop off bus of the day. Had to wait longer than expected, but we were eventually on our way to the sky needle. Think there were probably a few showers during the night, but the day just kept improving, and the predicted showers did not eventuate. Had a quick look around the area, and then...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 9, 2019 - Seattle

9 September 2019 A planned easy day today. Was supposed to be quite a wet day in earlier forecasts, but it turned out to be a day of light showers, sometimes dull and sometimes a bit sunny. It has been a lot cooler than when we first arrived. When we did go out for a walk, the breeze coming off the Bay was very chilly. We both caught up on some washing taking advantage of the free laundry on our floor. Sat and chatted over a coffee in our room before going for a walk. Had lunch at a favorite spot not far from our accommodation. Went for a...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Seattle

8 September 2019 The thunderstorm hung around for a long time last night, something that is very rare for here. There were over 2000 lightning strikes which must have triggered alarms around the city, which kept the fire brigade very busy for hours, with lots of sirens passing by here. With the prediction of a wet day, we decided to have a lazy morning and meet at 10am to review our plans for the day. It started out as a dull day with a bit of light rain, so we set out for the Beneath the Streets tour. The morning improved and the sunshine...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Crusing

It turned out to be a short cab ride to the Sheraton Hotel where we spent the night before boarding the cruise ship. Had a lovely breakfast buffet and plenty of time to catch the shuttle that Holland America provided. Getting through security was no problem, although it took almost as much time as airport security. When we finally got on board, we found that the ship was just as lavishly decorated as the website had shown. Learning our way around the ship is quite a challenge, however. With eleven decks, three banks of elevators, and our...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Seattle

7 September 2019 Met up for the day at 8.40am to be in lobby in plenty of time for an approx pickup at 9am for our tour to the Boeing Factory. Pickup basically on time, and arrived at Boeing by 10am. Had a very informative driver who was able to give us interesting information for most of the drive. We did miss a few things, as an American, he talked very fast!! We had 45 minutes to wander through exhibits, visit the rooftop to look over the planes awaiting testing flights and then delivery, and have some morning tea before our 11am tour....

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Sep 6, 2019 - More on Amtrak

Having spent one night on the train, we have learned a few things. High on the list is that space is extremely limited. Next trip we’ll put whatever we will need for the duration of the train ride in a carry-on bag and check the rest. Juggling two rolling suitcases, two carry-on bags, and one purse does not make for ease in getting ready for bed or dressed in the morning! Especially after the steward puts down the beds, which limits the space even more. I don’t think I would want to sleep in one of these beds on a regular basis, but it...

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Sep 6, 2019 - Seattle

6 September 2019 Early to bed for everyone after making it through two 5th Septembers. Started the day with breakfast and an information morning with Wyndham. An interesting exercise talking with the American side of the organisation. We had decided to have a leisurely day in Seattle, but it turned out to be anything but. So we have four very tired travellers tonight. First stop was the Seattle Visitor Centre, where a very helpful local lady gave us plenty of information. A coffee stop to get us going, and then off to the Pike Place...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Los Angeles to Seattle

5 September 2019 Arrived in Seattle at 1pm, only a two hour flight from Los Angeles. Managed to sort out our ticket problems caused by Qantas with Alaska Airline staff who were very helpful. Easy exit from plane, another huge airport where one catches a train to the luggage pickup area. Need to keep an eye on carousel numbers for bag pickup as they can change in the blink of an eye. Interesting taxi drive to our accommodation, but soon got sorted out for our rooms. Anne & Ian were on an earlier flight than us, but had an hour's delay on...

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