Woot.. webfaction is pretty neat
Bill took us (Clare, Me, Nick, Faye, Schuyler) out on his boat. Very nice. Had a picnic on the boat and watched the sunset. Very nearly got snared up in nets that a native tribe had placed round the marina (they have Salmon fishing rights in Lake Union).
This was an amazing day, I took so many photos I ran out of space. The drive we took was really spectacular and we also saw lots of ageing bikers. The photos are of:
a glacial river on the way up the pass;
Liberty Bell (big mountain that looks like a bell x2);
Washington Pass Overlook (down the road we came up);
a roadside waterfall;
a plane going over the top of the Cascades;
arty rock face (for George xx);
and finally a cute shot of Mum and Dad.
It was pretty hot when we got here, and took us as long to find the hotel from the airport as it took George to get all the way back to Seattle in his little aeroplane. This picture is of the Soda Fountain (‘Grease’ – like hangout) outside Yakima Museum, which we spent a morning wandering around.
We went down from Seattle through a place called Enumclaw (something to do with evil spirits – though they do damn good mochas) and got to Rainier in the afternoon. It was awesome. I have included a picture of Rainier from Seattle (UDub) at the start to try and give a bit of scale. Being somewhat interested in rocks I also have to include the extrusive basalt columns (sorry).
This was the same day as we went to Rialto Beach and the weather was completely different as soon as we left the coast, you could see this huge receding cloud bank. The rainforest was very spectacular, look at the size of the tree in the last picture. Even though we went on to stay at Ocean Shores and drove through Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Olympia (the State Capital) and Tacoma, these are the last decent photos from the Olympic Peninsula.
Rialto Beach was atmospheric, ghostly and was pretty chilly after the hot weather in Seattle, in fact the Pacific coast was not all that peachy in terms of weather. We had a lovely time on the beach; particularly Mum and I picking up lots of stones (pebbles really), though I did have to unload a couple to Dad in the end.