OCTOBER 2013

October 29, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

While visiting Seattle, we stayed in Burien at the Elks Club. As Tom is an Elk, we have been taking advantage of RV parking at Elks when convenient. In this case, Burien is just south of Seattle and was a perfect location.

We took the bus downtown to visit the famous Pike Place Market.

Pikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of fun

Opened in 1907 and on several levels, it's busy every day of the week and gets 10 million visitors annually.

 

Pikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of fun

Yes, they really do throw the fish for the tourists.

 

Pikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of funPikes Market in Seattle was interesting and lots of fun

The best deal at the market, a $5 bouquet of fresh flowers.

 

The first Starbucks StoreThe first Starbucks StoreThe first Starbucks Store

Though you'll find a Starbucks on nearly every corner in Seattle, this one at the market was the first, opened in 1971.

 

One thing we wanted to see in Seattle was the Chiluly Glass exhibit at the Chiluly Garden and Glass. We saw his exhibit in Orlando several years ago, but this was bigger and better.

 

Chihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit

If this looks spectacular in the photo, imagine how beautiful in person. Glass balls in full size boat.

 

Chihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit

Blown glass in unusual shapes.

 

Chihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit

This is viewed through a plexiglass ceiling.

 

Chihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass ExhibitChihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit

View of the space needle above the conservatory.

 

 

Though the national parks were closed (gov't shutdown), we drove to nearby Mt. Ranier. On a scenic drive around the mountain we ran in to a fresh snowfall.

 

Mt Rainier early OctoberMt Rainier early OctoberMt Rainier early October

Mt. Ranier, summit of 14,411 ft.

 

Even though it is early October there is plenty of snow at the 4000 ft. elevationEven though it is early October there is plenty of snow at the 4000 ft. elevationEven though it is early October there is plenty of snow at the 4000 ft. elevation

On our drive above the snow line near Mt. Ranier.

 

 

From Burien, we went to Astoria Oregon on the mouth of the Columbia River

 

View of Astoria from the Astoria ColumnView of Astoria from the Astoria ColumnView of Astoria from the Astoria Column

View of Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River with bridge connecting to Washington.

 

Sea lions on docks in Astoria. 

 

Freighters anchor in th Columbia waiting to be loaded with timber and lumberFreighters anchor in th Columbia waiting to be loaded with timber and lumberFreighters anchor in th Columbia waiting to be loaded with timber and lumber

Freighters anchored on the Columbia River waiting for cargo.

 

 

As we traveled down the Oregon and California coasts on US 101, we had fog nearly every day, so we missed some of the spectacular views. 

 

Oregon coast.

 

This time of year fog can form any time during the day.This time of year fog can form any time during the day.This time of year fog can form any time during the day.

Foggy Oregon coast

 

My first eagle photo!!My first eagle photo!!My first eagle photo!!

Bald eagle on Oregon coast.

 

Elk herd along the road.

 

We made our way down to Eureka, California. I wanted to visit nearby victorian Ferndale settled in 1852.

 

Ferndale, California, a victorian town.Ferndale, California, a victorian town.Ferndale, California, a victorian town.

The gingerbread house in Ferndale.

 

Ferndale, California, a victorian town.Ferndale, California, a victorian town.

Another Victorian structure.

 

 

Ferndale is the gateway to the Lost Coast, an unspoiled area along the coast. Nearby is the Humbolt Redwood State Park.

Humbolt Redwood State ParkHumbolt Redwood State ParkHumbolt Redwood State Park

Redwood at Humbolt Redwood State Park.

 

 

We finally got away from the fog in Napa, California. We loved this area and the weather was beautiful for touring the vineyards. 

 

Beautiful fall colorsBeautiful fall colorsBeautiful fall colors

Views like this are everywhere.

 

Typical small vineyard in Napa ValleyTypical small vineyard in Napa ValleyTypical small vineyard in Napa Valley

A typical small winery.

 

Beringer homeBeringer homeBeringer home

Beringer's, a large winery.

 

Beautiful fall colorsBeautiful fall colorsBeautiful fall colors

Just a tiny piece of the beautiful grounds at Beringers.

 

On our way to Palm Desert.


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