Queen Anne and Fremont

Or, “Let’s walk until our feet fall off and then walk some more”

Saturday morning we decided to go do some exploring. The original plan was to “wander over to the Seattle Center, grab a pastry on the way, look at the Chihuly Garden and then maybe wander up to Queen Anne for lunch – maybe 3 miles of walking all in. We also debated going to Fremont, possibly by bus. This turned into a 9+ mile hike, of course.

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Map of our Tour

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Yakima Valley Wine Tour #1 (of many)

Saturday we decided to get out of the city (and away from the boxes) and go tour some wineries in the Yakima valley, which is two-ish hours to the east over the Cascades. Two-ish hours if you’re in a Nissan Versa – probably more like 4 in a VLYT. Wine, you say? Why yes, we DO now live in a state with more than just a few crappy wineries! Check out this site: http://www.gotastewine.com/ or  http://www.winecountrywashington.org or this one: http://www.washingtonwine.org/. We used the first site – here’s the link to the Yakima Valley map and list: http://www.gotastewine.com/yakima-valley-wineries.php. Yes, there really ARE 107 wineries on the list, and, as we discovered, the list isn’t all-inclusive!

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Great American Road Trip: Day 6 – Preview

Day 6 was a VERY long day – 13 hours and roughly 650 miles – so you get another preview until we are a bit more awake.

Today we drove from Stillwater, MN back down I-35 to I-90, all the way out to Rapid City, SD and then down to Hill City SD, which is right next to Mount Rushmore. It was a beautiful drive and we’re still talking, so it must have been a great travel day.

Mitchell Corn Palace

Porter Sculpture Park

Dinosaur in Tow

Wall Drug

South Dakota Sunset

Great American Road Trip: Day 5 – Fair Preview

We’re writing this after spending all of Day 6 on the road (that would be 13 hours and nearly 650 miles) so we’ll be brief. The pictures below are a preview from the Minnesota State Fair, which we attended with Marta, Mary, Rawson, Jenn and Willett.

Fried Cheese Curds!

Seed Art: Gnomes for Marriage Equality (gotta love it!)

Seed Art: Zombie Corn

All You Can Drink Milk!

Concert (Dawes)

Great American Road Trip: Day 4 – Life Inside the Truck

Yesterday was spent more with friends than on the road, so I thought I would tell you about our companions in the truck.

Meet Sid.

Sid came with Marlow and he tells me (Marlow not Sid) that Sid is now old enough to drink.      While we keep talking to Sid, he appears to be the strong silent type. I think he is just hoping that in Seattle he will be slightly less neglected than he was in Boston…

While Sid isn’t holding up his side of conversations, luckily this is:

A gift from one of Marlow’s co-workers, the Emergency Meow with its plaintive “meow, meow” hasn’t gotten old. Especially when you hit a big bump and it goes off all on its own. Also, I think the Emergency Meow is enjoying the truck ride more than Houdini would have.

Now for the travelogue bit: Yesterday we crossed into Minnesota, drove 90W to 35N to Minneapolis and spent the afternoon with friends. Then we drove the truck to a cornfield in Stillwater, Minnesota where it is camping out until Saturday.

Now. Get excited. Our next post will be about…wait for it…THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR.