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May 18, 2019 - Seattle

Up early repacked my travel bags will be leaving my car behind for the next 2 weeks, checked WIFI still not working so will try and get up to date next place. Loaded up my car and off for the ferry landing got the 7:20 ferry to Seattle nice ride into Seattle and a drive to the Space Needle was able to get a ticket for the 9:00 AM tour to the top, a quick ride of 43 seconds to the top, a nice view of the surrounding area, even made it on to the revolving glass floor looking straight down wow, then a stop by my hotel left off my big bag took...

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Another adventure

May 16, 2019 - Seattle, WA

May 16, 2019 Very good Best Western and may be one of the best I have stayed. Lovely indoor pool and jacuzzi, good exercise equipment, wide variety for breakfast (almond milk!!) efficient laundry and helpful staff. We have spent a lot of time in Seattle over the years but really had to go back to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Not much has changed over the years that we could tell but again especially liked the float boats, chandeliers and mille fiori. Dale Chihuly still owns and curates all of his art. His claim is to push his artists to do...

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May 15, 2019 - Olympia to Seattle, WA

May 15, 2019 Didn’t awake to rain and supposed to be fine until 5:00. Our first stop was the Boeing Museum of Flight. Last time here we went north of the city to where the planes are manufactured. This facility is the old Boeing campus south of the city. The museum is the largest nonprofit, private air and space museum in the world. The genesis of the museum was when the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation, founded in 1965, recovered and restored a 1929 Boeing 80A-1. We have seen many of the space and air museums in the...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Day 34

Got up at 5:00am. When I got to the kitchen for breakfast at 5:45am, Isabel was there and had my breakfast on the table already. She drove me to the airport and helped me to get a cart to load the luggage. At Avianca airline counter, I requested a wheel chair for the entire trip. The deck staffs were very nice. She directed me to wait at a corner for the service. I waited for 30 minutes and she apologized “We have only one person to help wheelchair.”. I decided to limp to the gate that is not too far. The flight was delayed for an hour. I...

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2019 Ecuador Trip

Feb 21, 2019 - Pre-trip to Ecuador

Tomorrow I am leaving for Ecuador. So excited about it though I do not feel I am totally ready in the sense that I do not have enough time to study the bird. I chose Ecuador instead of Peru, Brazil or other South America country because it is a relatively safe and stable country; its bio-density is one of the highest in the world; has various habitats that supports 1632 confirmed species, of which 6 endemics to the mainland and 30 to the Galapagos. I would love to visit Ecuador Amazon forests, Galapagos islands where Darwin developed his...

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2019 Ecuador Trip

Feb 8, 2019 - From snow to suncreen required

We arrived in hot, sweaty Lima at 3pm yesterday. Immediately peeled off the compression socks worn on the plane (thanks Amy!). Our apartment is in the historical district a beautiful area of the city displaying the wealth of the Spanish Conquest and Catholic church. There is beautiful architecture with green squares surrounding fountains and statuary to someone's greatness. We walked last night looking for a restaurant that was recommended for dinner. As those of you who know me could guess we got in our 10k steps in our quest and found the...

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Feb 6, 2019 - And we are off!!!

Barb and I are off to sunny Peru for the next 3 weeks! I know, that it is hard to see why we would want to leave our lovely Pacific Northwest (see photo), but seeing another snowstorm coming in kind of clinched the deal... Now we will spend tonight and part of tomorrow flying to Mexico City and then on to Lima. Huzzah!! (or perhaps ole!!!) But for today, it is a flurry of packing, repacking, and trying to downsize the packing. I have folded my clothes in a Marie Kondo approved method, but somehow all of the other odds and ends refuse to...

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Dec 31, 2018 - Pre-trip to Taiwan and China

Today is the last day of 2018. We are not 2019 yet but many parts of the world is already such as China and Taiwan. It is so exiting that my trip to Taiwan and China is taking place in 2 days on Jan. 2, 2019. It is a trip in the making for the past 50 years or so. Since my childhood Taiwan has been a place of special interest to me. I had always been taught in school that it belongs to China and it is a province of China, however, it has been occupied by the Nationalist government of the Republic of China (ROC) led by Kuomingtang (KMT). In...

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Taiwan

Sep 5, 2018 - Pioneer Square and Argosy Cruise

Only had a couple of more things on the itinerary for Seattle. We headed down the Pioneer Square section of town which is where Seattle got its start. We took an underground tour that lasted 75 minutes. An interesting tour that took us beneath the streets at several different spots throughout the area. Guide was entertaining while discussing the infrastructure challenges the new city encountered. Saw what had been the red light district and abandoned store fronts before the streets were raised in the late 1800s Guide explain that after they...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Caitlyn had some school work that was due by midnight so she spent most of the day working on that. I read for awhile in the morning then ran out to get us some lunch. With all of the planning for this trip, one of my biggest miscalculations was the bike rack. My old rack folded down to allow access to the rear hatch but you must take the bike off the rack in order to lower it. Obviously, that is a major pain especially since I have the bike secured w/ a couple of different locks and ropes to provide stability, theft deterrent, and security...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, and Waterfront

The common perception Seattle is a rainy city is apparently not entirely accurate. On the bus tour yesterday they said Seattle actually receives less annual precipitation than many other U.S. cities such as New York or Chicago. What they do have is a lot of cloudy days where it just lightly drizzles. However, the weather has been beautiful since we got here. Bright sunshine and in the upper 70s which is supposed to continue through the remainder of our stay. Today we started out at Pike Place Market walking the entire market. It is more or...

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Sep 2, 2018 - The Emerald City

After yesterday’s shenanigans we obviously didn’t hop out of bed at the crack of dawn. Up around 11 and eased into the day. Headed down to the area of the Space Needle around 12:30. Took a 90 minute double decker bus tour of the city. It helped us scope out some of the places we plan to visit over the next couple of days. After the tour we went into the Museum of Pop Culture which is right there beside the Space Needle. This is a rather eclectic place that puts you on sensory overload. It has sections for music, horror, comic books, sci-fi,...

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