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Old 08-11-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Took a trip and never left the farm report

Did something different this summer vacation. Seattle area being one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world we decided to see what it is all about. Living here all my life there are things we see and do all the time but there are places that need exploring.
WE had a radio personality in Seattle named Emmit Watson who unfortunately has passed, but he tried his best to make Seattle look lousy to chase tourists away and discourage people from moving here so I hesitate to make the place look too good in his honor.

Worst things first so we visited the Woodland Park Zoo

I'm not a fan of zoos but went anyway. Not going to post much about it because it was pretty boring but here are a few pictures.




Enough caged animals.

Things do get better the rest of the week however, tomorrow we do the ferry to Friday Harbor and San Juan Islands.
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Did something different this summer vacation. Seattle area being one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world we decided to see what it is all about. Living here all my life there are things we see and do all the time but there are places that need exploring.
WE had a radio personality in Seattle named Emmit Watson who unfortunately has passed, but he tried his best to make Seattle look lousy to chase tourists away and discourage people from moving here so I hesitate to make the place look too good in his honor.

Worst things first so we visited the Woodland Park Zoo

I'm not a fan of zoos but went anyway. Not going to post much about it because it was pretty boring but here are a few pictures.

Enough caged animals.

Things do get better the rest of the week however, tomorrow we do the ferry to Friday Harbor and San Juan Islands.
I'm not a huge fan of zoos, either, but those are some GREAT pics!!!
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Its a decent zoo the animals have large open areas to wander around and all look healthy but they still are kept penned, but it's probably the last safe place for many of them.
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The computer says its a hour and fifteen minute drive from our house to Anacortes and we gotta be there for the noon ferry, were stopping for breakfast so leaving the house at eight should be good. Arriving at the restaurant we were planning to eat breakfast; Aw crap it's closed so we find another and its slow and it takes longer to eat than planned, the drive takes two hours rather than an hour and fifteen so were running late, the wife's bitchin and the parking lots are all full so we gotta park in the overflow lot and its 3/4 mile from the ferry dock. I find a spot and start running, I'm 71 with an artificial hip so I don't run too well but we make it anyway.



The ferry Elwah will take us to Friday harbor in about an hour and then continue on to Victoria on Vancouver Island BC Canada

It's an an hour ride with Lots of great stuff to look at on a warm summer day, but bring a light jacket, the water is cold and cools the air.







Boats, lots of boats.

Some big, some small.

How would you like this as a summer cabin?

My eyes are going closed so I will continue this tomorrow.
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Nice, Harold! We did a San Juan's ferry trip way back when. Anacortis to Roserio, Friday harbor, Spencer spit, and some other Islands. I don't remember the names. Incredible trip. I asked the harbor master about fishing, and hopped in a zodiac and buzzed by a couple private islands with huge cabins on them, until I got to a fishing hole. Caught some snapper and sculpins that I took back for dinner. Absolutely, a beautiful area. I would love to get back someday.

I did a Vancouver Island fishing trip with the boys, later on. WAY remote, on a floating fish camp. Amazing country. Bears and eagles and salmon and seals. Otters and dogfish and crabs and oysters.

One of my bucket list moments.
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How would you like this as a summer cabin?

My eyes are going closed so I will continue this tomorrow.
Yes please! (Actually that looks just like many cabins you can find on islands in our northern shield lakes, here.)

Keep the pics and stories coming, thank you Harold!
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Ok put me in jail I stole this picture from the internet, breath taking place isn't it.


A really great aerial shot of one of the ferry's, they service the major islands and Victoria BC Canada.



Are we their yet? The entrance to Friday harbor.



Coming into Friday Harbor by boat is spectacular, I love the look of place and all the anchored boats

Half hour wait if your a walk on passenger and don't get off before the cars, so get yer butt downstairs and get off


On the car deck with a nervous classic car owner gritting his teeth about all the folks crowding around his baby

More later!!
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Another stolen shot.

Friday Harbor, ya got a boat, ya gotta be there.

We only came for the boat ride and lunch and then catch the next boat back to Anacortes that gives us about 2 1/2 hours. Ya we been here before and this is just a quickie.


We found a front row seat to watch people, dogs, and anything else that happened to stroll by





While we were having lunch another ferry arrived and waited a half hour till the first one left and then moved over to the main dock to unload. The ferry's stop at several islands and it takes some time to to unload some cars and then load others.






We wandered around town a little, but had to get back to the ferry home. this place was stuck in the 60' s, I haven't even thought of things being groovy for 40 years.
I sadly neglected to take pictures in town so it's time to go home or catch the next boat in three hours, we have a sick dog so we decided to leave.


Could I go for living here? yes I could!


The ride home


The last gasp of the day is a shot of mount Baker one of our many volcanoes, we will visit more of them in a few days.

Later folks
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We spent an anniversary - 30 something- in the San Juans

Lovely, had a cabin on Lopez Island and took the ferry to Friday Harbor for lunch one day.
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Looking at the photos I thought it was Horseshoe Bay in BC! I guess you see one Pacific coast harbor, you've seen 'em all!

Keep it coming, Harold.
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Seattle waterfront, yup that's were were going today. I don't like big cities much and that's what Seattle has turned into, so I have avoided it. I liked it when the Smith Tower (28 stories) was the tallest building, first ave was lined with dives, bars, hock shops, porn shops and hookers. Pike place market was a maze of dirty books and junk shops with a fish market on the roof.

Things have changed

SO we found a parking garage paid our $20 and headed out. First were having lunch and then were riding the big wheel for a birds eye view.


Fishermen's is right next to the wheel and looks good but a big line, so we went in and took a table in the bar area sos we wouldn't have to wait.


To all you foodies out there this is the onlny food picture I have ever taken. Mama had fish-n-chips me some clam chowder, it all was very good, and we had a front row view of the water and folks riding the wheel.

I got no pictures but the people next to us tried to do a eat free and they had ordered big time. First they complained that service was slow and refused to pay, the waitress brought them an itemized receipt that showed the time of everything, so there next scam was to try and walk out saying they left $120 on the table and someone must have taken it, there third scam was trying to talk there way out of it to the police I wonder how they made out? very interesting!

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After lunch we bought our tickets for the wheel, I think with senior discount it was $11.


On board looking back at the restaurant.


And were off


After 45 years she still leaves me speechless.


Looking north the big empty dock is a city park very popular, you can see how crowded it is.


Looking south the sports stadiums.


Further south the port of Seattle.


One of the tour boats.

We got off and stumbled into the Old Curiosity Shop


The old curiosity shop got some strange stuff' including two mummies.


Looks to me like she got caught getting out of the shower.


Howdy!


Well it is Seattle


And out front the weed bus. The place has really gone to pot, this comming week end is Seattle Hempfest, billed as the worlds largest pot party. I went last year, and folks lit up when and where ever the pleased, and the cops were handing out Doritos.

To be continued

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what IS it with pot use and the wet coast?

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After 45 years she still leaves me speechless.

awwww! Nice one. (At least I think that was a compliment? )
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We've skipped a day because Mama is self employed and had some work that had to be done. Tonight were going to a Mariner game, but first were taking a waterfront tour by boat.

A one hour tour on one of Argosy tours I kept thinking of Gilligan but that was a three hour tour so I think we will be ok.




Why we sittin in here?


Weren't we just here a couple days ago? The Argosy dock is next door.










Mt Rainer in the background


Alki Point, We have friends that live there, great view of Seattle from there.


It was fun, I haven't seen the city for a while.

So we went to the game and the Mariner's actually won.

Tomorrow were going to Mount St Helens.
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May 18 1980 my wife and are laying in bed talking about going to Sunday brunch when the house shook and we herd several booms, I said somebody is using dynamite and mama says Mount st Helens just blew, I said yer nutz, that thing is 150 miles south, I'm still taking shit for that. Anyway that's were were heading this morning.


We drove down in Mama's toy car an pull in at the first viewing site and she tells me that the check engine light just came on OH NO! were 50 miles from no place after reading the manual that says its ok to drive as long as it aint flashing,


The valley where the mud flow went, kinda interesting.


Some really cool cones on a spruce tree, they were all over the place.


Two volcanos in the same picture, living where we do we are surrounded with them.


This is the main viewing area.



Well I'm impressed but once was enough, I sure hope Mount Rainer never blows I understand the mud flows from it could reach Seattle and lake Washington.

Our last day was a trip to the LeMay car Museum in Tacoma.



We went there just because I like old cars.

According to Porky Pig Th Th Th That's all folks.

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