Thursday, August 5, 2010

Final Route

Vis større kart

This is our route in its entirety. Total distance traveled by car was 9633 km, by train we traveled 866 km and by bus 226 km for a total of 10725 km or 6664 miles.

Last stop, Vancouver BC

We took a bus from Seattle to Vancouver – a real downgrade from the comfort of a car, but a cheap and fast way to get across the border. A 3-hour ride in a bus is actually tolerable. We were met by my parents and stayed at their place in the university area in Vancouver. We had started to feel a bit, well, tired after a month of traveling so it was nice to come to a familiar place and just relax.

During our 4 days here, as we have been here many times before, we took things pretty easy and had no need for touristy sightseeing this time. We took a trip to Lacorno beach and admired the city skyline and the mountains in the background. A visit downtown for a little shopping and a movie were the second day’s plan. A couple of ice-cold frappuccinos were enjoyed in the heat, as well as great burgers at Red Robin, and delicious beef at Trafalgar’s Bistro. We spent the rest of the time in the garden sunbathing and beginning planning for future travels. China is looking good ;)

We wish we had had a car, and more time so we could have checked out more of British Columbia, but some things have to be saved for another time. We’ve packed our suitcases now, heading home tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Seattle, WA

This was our second time in Seattle, and we spent 3 days here. we had already done the major tourist stuff the first time around. Our hotel had a great location, just a block from Pike Place Market and other attractions downtown. First we checked out the public market and then went for some shopping. Next day we visited family in Edmonds, and had a relaxing day in the sun with excellent home cooked food and good company. Big thanks to Aida and Alf for their hospitality and cooking up a great meal on such short notice. We got back to Seattle late, and grabbed a late night bite before turning in. The last day was spent shopping, walking around and checking out a parade in the evening. That Saturday was the opening evening for Seattle Sea fair, which is started with the torchlight parade. It was fun to watch and a perfect last night in the US – for now at least.

The Olympic Peninsula

We left Portland early and drove towards Astoria by the coast. From there we drove across a long bridge over to Washington State and drove the highway 101 through the Olympic National Forest. We drove past the foggy coastline, a rainforest, snowy mountaintops and some clear water lakes. The nature here was beautiful, and would have been better experienced by camping than by driving the car right through it. But still, we were glad we took this route, because the views from the car were more than enough to impress us. We stayed at a roadside inn for one night and continued early on the next day through rest of the peninsula, and took a ferry from Kingston over to Edmonds, just north of Seattle. We arrived Seattle by mid-day and checked in at a downtown hotel.