Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Bozeman

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Great day today! I spent last night w/friends in Spokane, who’ve turned their house into “Little House in the City.” Had a chicken-herding lesson, played with the cats, the golden retriever & the kids. They fed me on grass-fed Prime Rib, no less & made a cozy bedroom for me, complete w/glow in the dark stars (I love those! Someone needs to invent glow-in-the dark wallpaper. I’d buy it!)
So… took off this am & drove thru the Idaho Panhandle & 3 mountain passes. Beautiful country, and lots of gorgeous horses. No, there are no pix, b/c my camera’s batteries conked out. I’m charging a new one right now. Hope that solves the problem
Max (the Prius) is doing really well. 3 Mountain passes, loaded to the gills and he got 46.9 miles per gallon. Not even a full tank from Spokane.
So… I’m working up energy to get back in the car & find something to eat… And then it’s bubble bath time! Yay!

Later… OK, so I spilled my wine in the bubble bath (if it had been white wine, it wouldn’t have been that traumatic). Now I’m playing Moby & burning a stinky candle. Next stop, Murdo, SD!

Ellensburg

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Nothing cute to say except that I took the late ferry from PT to Edmonds & then drove to E-burg arriving @ 3AM. Ugh.

I’m feeling a bit better, which is good, b/c I’m heading for lunch w/a Spokane friend I haven’t seen in ages & then spending the night w/other friends, who’ve acquired a golden retriever recently.

Max is loaded so heavily that I look like a traveling circus. I’m gradually getting things together. Most brilliant stunt so far was loading about 50 lbs of stuff on top of my cell-phone charger for the car. I’m out now to excavate it.

Bye!

Kayaking Whidbey Island

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
New kayaking friends from Seattle

New kayaking friends from Seattle

Well, I spent the entire day on Whidbey yesterday. For whatever silly reason, I hadn’t been over there for many years, and have never really had a chance to explore on my own.

So I did everything (well, almost everything) all in one day.

The high point was going kayaking from Langley Marina with this very cool family from Seattle. As a singleton, I need to somehow hook up w/groups in order to take a kayak tour, so they were kind enough to include me in. This was the first kayaking trip for V & R, but I have a feeling they’re hooked. I definitely see kayaks in their future.

The grey whales have come back to Langley, and they even have a “ring the bell” system when one is spotted. Unfortunately, I had my whale repellent on, so didn’t see any this time. Nick, our terrific guide from Whidbey Island Kayaking, said they’d gotten about 70 feet away from one last wk on a trip.

It was a kind of blustery day, but we got a nice paddle in, anyway, and had a lot of fun talking. Turns out my adopted family du jour runs a perennial nursery in West Seattle. Isn’t it odd how these things work? So I was pumping them for info on plants & chickens the whole time. Oh, and we are all into Fairy Gardens.

More on my trip later; I’m still recovering!

Survivor- Olympic Peninsula

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
Hood Canal Bridge, by WA Dept of Transportation

Hood Canal Bridge, by WA Dept of Transportation

The big news around here is of course the Hood Canal Bridge Closure. It begins May 1 & lasts for 6 weeks. About the same length of time as a Survivor series. Concidence? I think not.

This is how we in PT get to the other side. Why did the Port Townsender want to get to the other side? Well, a lot of our friends & relatives live there. Some of us work there, and for crying out loud, there’s no Lush on this side, let alone a Target or Nordstrom.

And then there are some folks who really DO need to get across. Like my friend K’s husband, who works for Boeing and comes home to PT on wkends. Or people getting medical treatments. Or the big semis that bring us our food and fuel!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who developed shortness of breath and started inventing crackpot schemes to get to the other side. Not that I (or most of us) go that often; it’s just the notion that it’s going to be so much harder. And smack in the middle of Tourist Season. So much for the Rhody Festival.

At any rate, there are a lot of plans in the works. Some more bizarre than others. Our little ferry to Whidbey (the PT-Keystone route) will still be open. The ferry is small & often cancelled due to tides or weather, so reservations and finger-crossing for that one.

Then, there’s a ferry from PT straight to Edmonds, once a night only, Sun-Thurs (reservations available) It leaves PT @ 10:40, so you’d be in Seattle about midnight on a Thursday evening. Perfect, right?

More Ferry info.

Or, you can do the ferry water shuttle. Every time I hear that explained, it sounds like an episode of the Amazing Race. No thanks. Big problem- yes, it can get you to the other side, but your car stays on this side. And you have to leave Seattle by 8:1o PM. If you have 2 cars, you can leave one on the other side. Or you can get very, very familiar with Seattle’s public transportation system.

Then, there’s air. You can fly on a tiny plane from “Jefferson County International Airport”  to Sea-Tac for $95 each way.

But my favorite: Kenmore Air will fly seaplanes between Port Ludlow and Lake Union. That’s so wild, it could have been my idea. (Actually my best one involved hangliders & piracy. But that’s another story.)

At any rate, we’re all whistling & repeating to ourselves “We have everything we need on this side. Lalalala…” Except the shopkeepers, who are going quietly mad.

It’s going to be a long six weeks…

Here’s the official info