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Day 8 - So Long Seattle, Hello Orcas

semi-overcast 66 °F

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Our night in Seattle was rather difficult for Catherine. The bed was already tall, and was on risers. Since Catherine is short, she had to jump and fling herself up to the bed. Despite the challenge presented by the bed, the room was cozy and we both slept well. Our host for the night even had fresh baked goods from a local bakery for us.

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When we got up, we headed to Pike's Place Market, which was very busy and interesting. We had both thought that it was going to be mostly fish focused, but in fact they had everything, and it was fascinating to walk around and see all the goods for sale. The one thing couldn't find, at first, was people throwing fish.

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Then, we found it! If you look closely at this picture, you can see a fish flying over the man's head.

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We seem to find a lot of interestingly named car washes.

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The line for the ferry to Orcas Island from Anacortes is rather long and frustrating. We were on "standby one." We weren't sure what that meant, so we were very unsure as to whether we would get on the ferry or have to take the next one, which was hours later.

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Apparently, other people have found the line equally frustrating, and the State of Washington has seen fit to protect their employees.

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But, we made it on! Off to Orcas!

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On the ferry. The views of all the islands are spectacular. This area is incredibly beautiful.

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Arrival on Orcas Island. Interestingly, Orcas Island is not named after orca whales (which are common in the area), but rather after Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo. Orcas is a shortened form of Horcasitas. Nevertheless, if you look at a map of the island it is sort of shaped like an orca, and it seems like too much of a coincidence.

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The farmland on Orcas Island is beautiful. Everything is so green and clean-looking.

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Some views from the Tiny House on the beach, which was a very cozy and pleasant place to stay, but very rustic. Despite the electricity, Catherine called this the "camping" part of the trip. We had our own private beach, with a nice log to sit on and a great view of Obstruction Pass.

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We made our own dinner. We didn't have any beverages with us besides water and Capri Sun, but it all tasted wonderful.

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Orcas Island is full of deer. The deer have no predators on the island, and they apparently swam there from the mainland generations ago. They have been getting smaller and smaller each generation, beginning the process of insular dwarfism. They are also very fearless of humans, and are willing to walk right up to houses, cars, etc. They don't run away, even when you make noise or walk towards them. Catherine believed that they would move if she clapped, and she approached one fairly closely, clapping all the way. She retreated and went the other way when the deer only looked angry. She says that it growled at her.

The next day, whale watching!

Note to Readers: we are behind on blogging due to the lack of internet on Orcas Island. We are in Victoria now, and have full internet access, but it is getting late and we don't have time to update for both days. Hopefully we can get caught up tomorrow.

Posted by danielcatherine 23:25 Archived in USA Tagged ferry seattle deer pasta orcas anacortes pikes_place tall_bed capri_sun insular_dwarfism Comments (2)

Day 7 - Escape to the Space Needle?

semi-overcast 66 °F

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Our breakfast, a cake doughnut and one of Voodoo Doughnuts's famous bacon maple bars. They were delicious.
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Succulent garden outside our door in Portland.
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Powell's City of Books. A great way to spend several hours. We left with four of their million books (bringing them to a paltry 999,996), including one two hundred and two year old history book.
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We didn't purchase this, but it would have fit in with Catherine's troll collection. How many readers knew about Catherine's troll collection? Please answer in the comments below.
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Portlandia Activities book. Bird stencils to help "put a bird on it," conversation starters and stoppers, and many useful quizzes.
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Kenny and Zuke's deli. We got latkes for today, and bagels for breakfast tomorrow.
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The beautiful city of Portland. Not pictured here, but worth blogging about, was our trip to the Dr. Marten's store. Daniel got shoes for school, since it is important that his shoes be both sturdy and comfortable. The ones we got have a lifetime warranty, staying that the company will replace them whenever they wear out for the rest of the purchaser's life.
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On the way from Portland to Seattle, we stopped in Olympia/ Tumwater. The houseboat that Daniel has been going to all his life is named the Olympia. The former brewery is large and abandoned. It's sort of sad to see something that was so clearly a huge part of the community and town completely gone.
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Totem pole...?
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A view of Seattle as we entered the city, and the house where we are staying.
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We wanted to ride the Great Wheel, a Ferris wheel on the end of a pier. It was recommended to us for the great views of the city it provides. We put it in the GPS, and were directed to this container ship, near the corner of Diagonal and Marginal.
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We found the wheel...
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...got on...
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...and enjoyed the views.
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For some reason, Seattle seems to prefer "backwards diagonal parking." Catherine will not drive in Seattle for fear of having to park. She figures if she can't handle parallel parking, she doesn't even want to attempt this.
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After trying a few places that had already closed their kitchens, we found Fadó Irish Pub. We were happy to have somewhere to eat. The picture shows a boxty quesadilla. (Boxty is an Irish potato pancake).
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Seattle is a very beautiful city at night.
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Before heading back to our room, we decided to go see the Space Needle. We called first, and found that the observation deck was open until midnight. It was eleven thirty when we parked across the street from the Space Needle. As we left our car, Catherine noticed a man standing near our car and looking in. We discussed it and decided that there was little we could do about it. However, rather than breaking in to our car, the man started following us ( or just walking towards the building like we were, but it seemed creepy in the dark). We walked quickly, hoping to take refuge in the Space Needle. Thankfully we soon noticed that he was not actually following us. Unfortunately, though the observation deck was still open, the ticket window closed at 11:30, making it impossible to go up. We have not decided yet whether we shall return tomorrow. Tomorrow we will explore Pikes Market, then head to Anacortes/ Orcas Island.

Posted by danielcatherine 00:44 Archived in USA Tagged seattle wheel olympia escape space_needle portland latkes boxty totem_pole Comments (3)

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