September 2019
  • Day9

    Flying home

    September 28 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    I had allowed time for traffic congestion & delays dropping the car off. I ended up in the airport 2 hours before check in opened. Found a little corner to sit & watched the world go by.
    Had to empty my rucksack while going through security so they could check my camera.
    I hadn't looked for duty free shopping. Found one next to the gate. Bought a travel exclusive Isle Of Jura. It was dark as we took off from Seattle
    I watched the new Aladdin movie. It was good but not quite the same without Robin Williams.
    Had a chicken casserole for dinner. Not sure how long I slept. When i woke up it was an hour & a half to London.
    Once we landed baggage reclaim & customs went smoothly
    Went upstairs to departures and started the process for the Edinburgh flight. At security I lost my 500ml bottle of diet coke as I had forgotten about it.
    Read a little while after take off then went to sleep. Woke up with 10 minutes to go for Edinburgh.
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  • Day8

    Space Needle, Seattle

    September 27 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We managed to get parked right next to the Space Needle. The fountains outside were lovely.
    Took a while to get up to the top because of the queues. It was undergoing building work last time I was here. The changes were lovely. Big glass panels all around the viewing floor.
    There was a revolving glass floor on the level below. It was strange walking on the glass. Takes an hour for a full circuit around.Read more

  • Day7

    Precision Fruit Stand, Yakima

    September 26 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We passed this on the way out to Prosser. It was a better idea to stop on the return journey.
    The store had a wide range of things
    Fresh fruit, wines and antiques.
    I found pineapple cider. Had seen it in Oregon gardens but couldn't get it as I was driving later.
    Little disappointed in it as it was mixed with Apples. Bought a pepper soda too. Taking it home for the family to tryRead more

  • Day7

    Chukar Cherries, Prosser

    September 26 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Candice picked me up after breakfast and we headed out to Prosser. It was light rain at first. Got held up by a couple of accidents while we were crossing the mountains.
    Once on the other side, the sun came out and it warmed up to 79 °F. Lovely drive out to Prosser.
    The lady assistant gave us a couple of samples to try. We got some bags each and headed back to the highwayRead more

  • Day6

    Oregon Garden, Silverton

    September 25 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I drove over to Felicia's house. Got pictures with her and her family before the boys went to school. Today was picture day for them.
    We drove over to pick up Cora & her baby in Silverton before going over to the Gardens. It was a lovely warm day.
    We followed the main paths around the gardens. There is a tram but it only runs on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Passed a pavilion in the grounds where Cora had her high school prom.
    Headed back to the cafe for lunch which was a roast beef croissant sandwich.
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  • Day5

    J's Fish n Chips

    September 24 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We headed into town for lunch after the first place we found was closed. There was a collection of tourist / gift shops. Just across from it was J's fish and chips.
    Walked around the shops before getting lunch. The restaurant was busy which is usually a good sign. We opted for take away. The initial plan was to sit outside on the benches. I ordered a 4 piece combo with curly fries. I got cod, halibut and two shrimp. Even got tartar sauce too.
    We ended up driving down a bit and parking up facing onto the beach. Fish and chips beside the sea is one of my favourite things to do.
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  • Day5

    Lincoln City beach

    September 24 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We drove out to Lincoln City beach, taking around an hour to get there
    When we arrived it was dull and rainy. There was a little patch of blue sky which got bigger and bigger.
    Walked along the beach. Massive breakers were coming in. I hadn't touched the Pacific ocean before. It got my shoe before I could touch the water.Read more

  • Day4

    Quality Suites, Keizer

    September 23 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Left Federal Way around 9 am to drive down to Oregon. Joined I 5 and stayed on it for the next 3 hours. Stuck to the speed limits. I was thrilled that Google said "Welcome To Oregon" after I had crossed the state line. Arrived at my friend's around 12.30pm.
    Check in was after 3pm. When I arrived the guy at reception thought he recognised me from somewhere. Dropped the car off and headed over to Silverton to meet the rest of the family.Read more

  • Day3

    Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse

    September 22 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    We went to a Texas style roadhouse restaurant called Jimmy Mac's for dinner. I was there last time I was over.
    There is a big self service barrel of peanuts at the door. The peanuts shells are dumped on the floor and crunch as you step on them.
    Decided to have a top steak with fries & mixed veggies. It was one of the loveliest pieces of steak I've hadRead more

  • Day3

    Lakewood Presbyterian Church

    September 22 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    The forecast was for rain today. Woke up this morning and it was rainy outside. Candice asked if I wanted to go to church today. I wanted to drive there to get more practise. Another slight navigational hiccup enroute but arrived there for 10am. I thought I had to be there for 10 but the service started at 10.30 am, I arrived slightly early for a change.Read more