Seattle, Washington
4 days/3 nights

America West got us in a few minutes early and there was no wait at the car rental place.

Leave the SeaTac airport north on I-5 to the University of Washington. This had not been planned and the congestion didn't allow us to stop. A short drive through the campus was enough to convince me that a return visit would be nice.

Drove west to the community of Queen Anne Hill to see views of Seattle. This location was recommended by RoadTripAmerica.com and I'm glad they did. I was lucky to get a picture of Seattle in the sunshine.

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We drove south into Seattle to get a close-up view of the Space Needle. {another view} There was a line to ride the Space Needle so we wandered around and found the International Fountain. {another view} {another view}

We drove into downtown Seattle to the Pacific Plaza Hotel (we had a sixth floor corner room), parked the car, and headed off on foot to Pike Place Market for dinner and beer at Pike Pub. During the walk, we encountered a mural located in an alley, a high flying American flag, and Mount Rainer in the far distance. It was night time upon returning to the hotel.

Early Saturday AM we drove north to Discovery Park for the 2003 annual meeting of the CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility). The meeting was held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Discovery Park is surrounded by water. {Shilshole Bay} {Pugent Sound}

We left the CPSR meeting around 3:00pm and drove about 80 miles south to Tumway for night number two. Tumway was used as the starting point for a one-day road trip around Olympic National Park. [Note: Tumway is just outside Olympia -- the state capital. Next time I want to visit Olympia.]

Left Tumway at sunrise and headed west to the Pacific coastline. I'm glad we got to experience a little, but not too much Sunday morning fog.

Most of the drive west was on US Hwy-12. The western end of US Hwy-12 is in Aberdeen, Washington.

At Aberdeen, we turned north on to US Hwy-101. The drive took us through a land of logging.

After about 70 miles, US Hwy-101 zags west and hits the Pacific Ocean. The drive north on US Hwy-101 offered numerous scenic views.

We left US Hwy-101 north on OR Hwy-113 and headed for OR Hwy-112. The drive west on OR Hwy-112 took us next to the towns of Sekie and Neah Bay. We attempted to visit Cape Flattery, but the attempt was aborted because I didn't trust the rough and muddy road.

About 10 miles east of Sequim, Washington, is Bandys Troll Haven recommended to us by RoadTripAmerica.com. Bandy's was closed, but I did get some outside pictures.

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We sent the last night in Port Orchid. The house was next to a pond and we had fun feeding rainbow trout who would fly out of the water for food.

Seattle was fun and we are grateful for nothing but sunshine. We had no problems with the Seattle airport and America West did an excellent job. Our going home plane will arrive soon.

I don't know why, but I like to take pictures from the plane.