Updated on January 16, 2016
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Our Trip to LA, Portland, Olympia and Seattle
Brian and I took a flight from New York to Los Angeles to visit our friends Becky, Nate and their furry friend Gus.
We ate drank and were merry until our hearts content. We headed to the beach for a night walk in the ocean in Santa Monica.
The next morning we boarded the Amtrak that would take us from Los Angelos, California to Portland, Oregon – roughly 37 hours – 1300 miles.
We highly recommend a roomette which gives you first class access. Free coffee, champagne, food, access to the parlor car and no waiting in lines. AND the wine is practically forced…(I think someone didn’t want to carry it back off the train.)
We went to sleep in the sand dunes of California and awoke to snow covered mountains!
We jumped off in Portland for two days and stayed in a bedroom in a nice woman’s home – through airbnb.com . She was a super earthy, yoga teaching, surfing, grandmother. She rocked.
Lots of great Portland beer was drank. We checked out the test rose garden, a movie about Levon Helm and ate at Pok Pok. Good times.
No better town to find crafty things in than Portland! We found a Cool Cotton fabric store. For Brian’s birthday, I will be hand crafting him a bow tie! He picked out the fabric himself.
We found a HUGE bookshop – I’m talking multiple blocks it seemed – Powell’s Books with the biggest knitting section I’ve ever seen!
Back to the train for two more hours up to Olympia to visit with our friends Drew, Natalie and their furry friend Riley. The train was delayed about 3 hours, but we finally got in around 9:30 pm. Lesson learned, “The train is great, as long as your destination doesn’t have a deadline.”
We did lots of day trip hiking to Skokomish Park, Lake Cushman, Ruby and Rialto beach. We saw mountains and trees and ocean and beaches and sunsets and starfish.
Beaches here are a lot darker than the sunny sandy beaches of the summer coasts that I’m accustom to. I love it!
We ran to Mount Rainier and had a dance party in the snow! There was only 4 feet of snow when we got there, instead of the 14 feet a month earlier.
The trees were so confused on which way was up! They didn’t know which way to grow!
We found a secret bridge that took us to an island that the wildfires never get to, so the trees are HUGE.
(Look really hard!! I’m there!!)
Our last day was spent in Seattle, Washington. We hit up the Pike Place market, the EMP museum (where a tornado of instruments played themselves), Gas tank park and watched boaters, planes, paddle boarders and large barges share the water peacefully. Whoever was smaller got out of the way!
We hugged our friends goodbye. Our flight home was a long and tiresome one but the week was worth it!