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Old 05-23-2009, 11:46 AM   #43
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The Boeing Flight Musem is definitely a must see......but visit it BEFORE you visit the Smithsonian's museums of flight in D.C. Yes, there are two now, a new one at the airport in D.C. But the Boeing is a great place. Do not try to see it in a day. Great pictures, Bob. I to am enjoying your travels. Posting them for us is a nice diversion for you to watching TV.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #44
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I like the "engine" in the Aluminum overcast photo the best.

Bob, the KOA thing interests both of us. Why are some bad or rip offs and others are fine? When we traveled west last September and were in Utah, northern Cal., Oregon, and Idaho, we stayed at a lot of KOA's and they were fine. But the ones on our last trip, mostly didn't seem to be good places to stay, or about equal but prices higher than everyone else. They were in different regions and maybe the inspectors KOA uses are good in some areas, and not good in others. That's the only way I can explain such inconsistency.

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Old 05-24-2009, 12:24 AM   #45
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Day twelve.

Hi, today was a busy day for us. First stop was the underground tour in Seattle. The tour was mostly story telling, but fun anyhow. Basically, because of flooding of businesses from the rise in tide, the lower floor of these buildings fequently got flooded. The businesses didn't want to relocate, so the streets and side walks were raised to the bottom of the second floor. The underground rooms and side walks are still there, but only used for history tours now. It is definately different, but save your money. It's pretty trashy down there, but in the last picture is a Platten Press; Would you believe I operated one of these in High School?
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:38 AM   #46
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Above ground in Seattle.

Hi, above ground in Seattle looks a bit better than below. Even with me in the picture. Our day isn't over yet.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:49 AM   #47
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Boeing again?

Hi, yes Boeing again, but this time it is the "Future of Flight" I do have some pictures, but the best part is a tour of the Boeing factory / assembly line. Cameras, cell phones, and any electronic devises were not allowed. [Top Secret] So the pictures I took are in their display building.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:55 AM   #48
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Hi, after a long day we decided that no trip is complete without going to China Town. We had about one square foot of space in our refrigerator and Lee was going to find some food to fill it with. For dinner I had Chicken Fried Rice, made by my wife in our trailer. Life is good. The last few days, in Seattle, were very nice weather wise. We need one good Washington rain storm to clean my Safari and Navigator; They are really getting dirty and bug splattered. They just might have to wait until we get home for their proper baths. [we don't want to go home]
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Bob, underground tours have gotten popular in a lot of places. We just went on one in Moose Jaw. It was billed as the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, but was just a series of basements connected by doors and passageways. Nonetheless, it was a fun thing to do, even though they didn't allow pictures. Now that the Seattle buildings first floor is the basement, why aren't they using them as basements? Square footage for a retail business must be pretty cheap if they aren't using the basement to store things.

Somehow this trip looks not entirely random since you are turning toward home—if you suddenly find yourself going north to Yukon Territory one morning, that'll be random! Keep enjoying yourselves.

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There is a well-developed/preserved underground in Atlanta, GA, which seems to be primarily for nightlife----it is highly advertised and interesting to see for about 10 minutes (also free) but nothing with real holding power for daytime visitors unless you are interested in souvenir shops. Same premise, new town built over the old one.
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Great pictures Bob. I have the Boeing tour on my wish list.

Thanks for taking us along.

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Old 05-25-2009, 12:29 AM   #52
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Bob, underground tours have gotten popular in a lot of places. We just went on one in Moose Jaw. It was billed as the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, but was just a series of basements connected by doors and passageways. Nonetheless, it was a fun thing to do, even though they didn't allow pictures. Now that the Seattle buildings first floor is the basement, why aren't they using them as basements? Square footage for a retail business must be pretty cheap if they aren't using the basement to store things.

Somehow this trip looks not entirely random since you are turning toward home—if you suddenly find yourself going north to Yukon Territory one morning, that'll be random! Keep enjoying yourselves.

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Hi, Gene. Some of the stores are using the below street rooms for basements, but not any on the tour. The ones on the tour still flood and are filled with junk from earthquakes.

As for the random part, we were thinking of going to South Dakota and Colorado, But we also wanted to see areas of Washington and Oregon where we were thinking of re-locating before the housing crash. We would love to go to Canada and Alaska, but we didn't bring our passports and we have to be home by the 29th.

Tomorrow we will be on the road again. Depending on time and distance we will end up in or near Oregon. Where we end up will be determinded on which freeway we decide to take south.
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Day thirteen.

Hi, today we decided to go to Olympic National Park. After driving for over an hour, we discovered the bridge we needed to cross was closed. The drive was longer than expected because of two lane highways [one lane each direction] and with speed limits of 25 MPH, 30 MPH, 40 MPH, 50 MPH, and 55MPH. Mostly 25 or 30 MPH which made for a very long round trip drive. [time wise] Well we looked long and hard and finally spotted a Bear.
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You may have answered this already but how long do you normally drive in a day?
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You may have answered this already but how long do you normally drive in a day?
Hi, we drive about six to eight hours per day depending on location we are trying to get to. The distance varies by speed. Or about two tanks of gas per day. When we get to our location, we try to stay a few days, but still need to drive [no towing] to the sights Etc. In our younger years we used to drive ten to twelve hours a day and moved everyday.
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Sounds somewhat how we've travelled, but it depends on where we're going and how far it is. For going long, long distances, we stretch it to 500 miles which is around 10 hours on interstates. Eating and 3 gas stops on those days really slows things down. Some 300 mile days on 2 lane roads, especially windy ones, are the 8 hour days that can be more tiring than the 500 mile ones. Those are the 2 fill up days and make me wish I had a bigger gas tank, but the stops are good so we can walk around a bit. Out west, distances are greater, and speed is higher, so it may come out about the same in hours, though not miles. I think we have fewer 2-day or 3-day stops than Bob, but otherwise it seems similar, danalee.

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