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Soozy's 50 First Dates Tour:The Ride Report

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This is the source of those that wear socks with sandals!
For those of you that need educating the point of sandals is not to display your socks!
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I had a pair of shoes just like those until I gave them to a hitch hiker last year. I hate to think I wear sandals to display my feet. Cause eewwwee...
 
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You guys are too funny!

Carla and I spent the day in Seattle doing Seattle things. We started at the Gehry designed Experience Music Project. I posted pictures of views of this building, but here is the west face from the net. Notice how the Monorail passes through the building, and how the pink/purple metal throws 'purple haze' reflections all around it. Don't stand in one of those reflections very long...they get hot.

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The whole building is a tribute of sorts to Hendrix. The roof on the other side has structures the resemble crushed guitar frets, as in the building is supposed to be a guitar Hendrix crushed. They left out the burning part, because Hendrix crushed and burned guitars. A tiny piece of the frets shows in the upper left corner of this picture.

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Here is an interesting side note; Microsoft gives its employees a Prime card which reduces all these great attractions to about $3...instead of $16-20. :mrgreen:

Inside the EMP is as wild as the outside. They were sticklers about picture taking, so I have a few when they were allowed. And one when they weren't. This is the lobby's twisted vortex of instruments. I was told many of the instrument were playing through a robotic whatchamacallit. I looked and saw the RW, but the instruments had no strings. hmmmmm

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Interior twistedness.

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There was a rental room with a projection wall running dancing lights or MTV-like stuff. I caught the dancing lights and listened to a giant Cobain.

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Hendrix Woodstock outfit.

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The rest of his guitars and a timeline on his life were in a no pics gallery. I was amazed at his musical history. He even backed up Jane Mansfield. Who knew she played? I noticed he was tapped to play with known and famous(later) groups when he was still just a kid and did not even own a guitar.

I another area there was a history of guitars and I had to get this picture of an 1897 Gibson (right) and a 1888 Martin. Woooow...

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There was a whole gallery on Henson and his Muppets. I could not take any pictures, as the security there were better than librarians! I think my favorite fact I learned there was that Munahmanah is actually a puppet, not just the words to the wordless song...Munahmanah brit de bri dibbet, etc.
HA! You will be singing that tune all day!

We moved on to the Children's Museum and saw the sights we saw there.

Pretty stuff left over from the 62 World's Fair. The place of the Dancing Waters I remember watching as a kid. They don't dance anymore.

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In the Museum now.

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I love the Butterfly House! Flying flowers.

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The last one looks like this when open.

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Other pretties.

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I was a service brat, and as a kid, we were in Hawaii before it became a state. We would hide under the General's bushes and eat the nectar out of his flowers...just this kind! I remember the flavor.

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Then we walked by these big balls and rode the Monorail.

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A walk through Nordstrom's shoe department.

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A pair of 900 dollar shoes ladies. Good thing they didn't have 11's.

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And what is this?

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Today was Museum of Flight day!!

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This place is really fantastic. The content and layout are EXCELLENT and it could easily fill two leisurely days if you want to see, read, and hear everything they have for you.

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We dashed across this cool skybridge to start on the far side.

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Yup...cool.

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The Concorde...da da da duuuuuuh!!!!

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Tight quarters!

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Bird houses, right??

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Air Force One...the old pre-Bush one.

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Here is the beginning of Boeing...the Red Barn.

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Here come the planes!

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Some rules of flight.

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Video game...shoot down the right enemy.

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In the Red Barn.

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Shaping propellers by hand.

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I am tired! More later!!
 
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The info said the prop was so large that the peculiar drop bend in the wings was designed in so that the front of the plane could stay high enough to create clearance for the prop. It sure seems like that bend also made the wings fold up tidier and not hit at the tips.

I am going to post more pictures shortly.
 
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The info said the prop was so large that the peculiar drop bend in the wings was designed in so that the front of the plane could stay high enough to create clearance for the prop. It sure seems like that bend also made the wings fold up tidier and not hit at the tips..
Exactly! The prop was the reason for the gull wing. Did you or are you also going to get to the Spruce Goose museum in the Portland area?
 
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On with the show!

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Designed in the 60's and capable of greater than 2000mph...top speed was classified. John heard tales of 3500! Blackbird.

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MIG

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Our answer to the MIG...bigger, faster, but not as agile. F-4

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This one wins as my favorite. Judge it as if it were made today and it mixes a retro quality with a cartoon quality of the large feet and large head, but small body. The description said it was very hard to fly.

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This is a picture of a picture of a solar + fuel powered unmanned thing. How cool is that!?

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There is a mock flight control tower with a wonderful view of the Boeing landing strips, and you hear all the chatter from the real tower. You can play with what we thought was a real time computer tracking all the US flights. It just didn't line up though, as there were flights over the Pacific going from Atlanta to Chicago.

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And always Rainier watching over all of it.

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I ran a video of a British AWACS-like flight landing. If I figure out how to post it, I will do so.

Today is Northwest Trek and a run up Mt. Rainier. So animal and mountain lovers, your day has come.:mrgreen:
 
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Exactly! The prop was the reason for the gull wing. Did you or are you also going to get to the Spruce Goose museum in the Portland area?
We are heading to Portland to go sailing on the 23rd and will go to the Spruce Goose on the 24th. I leave the PNW on the 25th!
 
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Interesting trivia about that particular SR-71 Blackbird. It is one of two M-21 variants made. The smaller drone on top of the Blackbird was meant to be launched while in flight to overfly areas too dangerous for manned reconnaisance. Unfortunately during a test of the project the drone crashed into the test Blackbird and caused it to crash, the pilots had to ditch in the sea leading to the drowning death of one of them when his pressure suit leaked. The program was halted after that failure.
 

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Soozy--
I am so jealous it hurts. My dream job in life at one point in time involved living in Seattle and every morning I would drive south on I-5 and if I saw Rainier over the city I knew it was going to be an amazing day, if I didn't see it it would still be a cool day. Afterall Seattle is one of the best cities on earth to live....well take away the idiot Californians who moved up there in he 80's and 90's and ruined it by blowing up the housing prices.

If you get a chance go to the Cinerama downtown for a movie. It is one of the few remaining true Cinerama theatres left. I believe Paul Allen owns it and refurbished it.

Thanks for sharing.....hope you keep having an amazing time!
 
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Melissa and I have an 8mm video of us landing at that Airport in a 1929 Stearman Biplane. Melissa is so cute in her Red Baron Flight Cap and goggles in the video flying over Peugeot Sound.

We loved the Museum, I remember flying over the Museum and filming our Motorhome in the parking lot.

My favorite airplane when I was a kid was the SPAD XIII.
My Dad's friend owned one and would let me play in the cockpit for hours.

At that trip to Seattle was the same trip where we went to McMinnville Oregon. The Spruce Goose was in pieces in temporary makeshift hangers across the road from where it is now. I actually got to walk around inside the fuselage and wing. I was like a kid meeting Superman for the first time.

Great Pictures Soozy! Don't hurry home just yet. It's starting to top 100 degrees regularly here in Texas.

The Butterflies were awesome.
 
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Wow. I shouldn't ever go there. Between the planes and scale models, I would never leave the place. Thanks for the pics!!
 
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We went to Northwest Trek, a natural zoo of sorts that has most of the animals in a free range setting where they run you through on trams. There are miles of walking trails with natural habitats for the more carnivorus animals. All the animals are PNW types. This place was quiet, lush, and shady. I loved just wandering around and I got some fun video.

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Cougar.

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I know we have bobcats around Arlington, and I thought they were the same cat as a Linx...now I know the difference.

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The tram passed through an Elk herd.

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And I came face to face with the bull.

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Scruffy looking. Everyone was in velvet this time of year.

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This was a bachelor herd.

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Bison.

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Uh oh...

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Duck Weed filled wetlands. It isn't gross or slimey...it is billions of tiny clover looking plants floating on the surface of the water and most water creatures love them. If you ever water skied in Louisiana, you swished right through them.

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Swans! Oooh ahhh!

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My next picture is one of my bucket list things. I had never seen a moose!

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This fellow is in the first video just scratching away like you guys do when you first get up in the morning. You know you do it.

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Scratching Beaver

Here is a River Otter that I will send to Marianne, for she wants one so badly.

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Here is a cut from a tree that was 20 years old during the beginning of the Rennaisance.

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Six feet across.

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Wolf!

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Grizzly. He looks fun. I had no idea how much he would entertain us, but I got video for you. We were transfixed for an hour watching this big male.

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Bathing Grizzly 1

Grizzly Bathing 2

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Bald Eagle.

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Rocky and Bullwinkle

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We went to Tacoma and had seafood by Commencement Bay and caught the sunset.

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Mount Rainier will be next week. My time up here is nearing a close and it is time to think about where I will go as I leave from Portland in a week.
 
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The Corsair has always been my favorite.

There was a SR-71 at the airshow in OKC many years ago, talking to the pilot he said that once they cleared OKC airspace and up to altitude that it would take them about 45 minutes to get back to California. I remember a Reader's Digest story long ago about the plane saying that it could cover the length of Montana in 13 minutes. My parents live about 7 miles north of the airport, so the backyard was a good place to watch some of the plans flying in for the show and during the weekend coming in on approach for their part of the show. We were doing an addition onto the house the following Monday (were pulling off the existing roof) so we saw the SR-71 flying out over us, it had a very unique roar to it.
 
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IIRC, a story about an SR-21 crew going from west to eat across the US saying they had gone over Kansas in about 6 minutes and that was the way to get across Kansas! :rofl:
 
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After a visit to John and Carla's church, The River, I walked outside to this...

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Need another hint?

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Now you get it...it is Kitt! For real. A member of the church bought him.

Kitt

The Tacoma Museum of Glass is a wonderful place to spend time.

The first displays were artist's renditions of drawings by children. They are GREAT! I am on board for any mixing of kids and art. I taught art in Christian Academies for 9 years. Well...and to my 4 kids...always messin' the house... I had no qualifications except that I love uncorking creativity. As I slept in one morning my spawn produced a video which they proudly showed me when I got up. There was a Mickey Mouse on my front porch and fire traveled down a string from off camera to Mickey...who blew up and turned into ketchup covered Mickey body parts. My kids were playing with fire while I was asleep?!

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I was not allowed to photograph in the main gallery, but in the hot room, pictures and video were OK.

The hot room is inside of this structure.

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From the inside...

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This is an active glass blowing industry.

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This video is 3 minutes of the fellows completing a piece.

Glass Blowing

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This one is for sale...several thousand dollars. It had a spiro-graph motif and was very beautiful.

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On the grounds outside of the museum are the best pieces.

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Then it got better as we entered the Glass Bridge.

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The walls along one side of the bridge are showcases of beautiful works.

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Then you pass under a ceiling STUFFED with sea shell-like works. This was my favorite!

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I had to try Texas_Joker's reflection shot.

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Cool bridge, Mt Rainier, Museum of Glass, the harbor, Tacoma Dome, and an ugly building.

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OMG I love glass blown pieces - it just absolutely fascinates my the way they can make things.

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES.

Love you story telling
 
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Texas Joker...12 posts so far and at least 13 of them are puns!

Thank you CWDancer. You would not believe the colors in person. The same artist designed the glass ceiling in the Flower Room in the Bellagio in Vegas. I lifted this picture from the web.

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I thought about hail too, Dave. The colorful pieces are protected by Lexan. It isn't the clearest plastic for the display but it is so strong(yet flexible). But all that clear glass could take a beating. Most of the clear glass was of simple design. Overheat a blob on the end of the pole and spin it. There were hundreds. By the way, the clear glass that is cut off, wasted, or broken goes back in the kiln with the molten glass. That kiln is never shut off. It takes more energy to come back up to temp than to just leave it going all the time. Plus the liquid glass in it would have to be ladled out before a shut down so that it would not break the kiln as it cooled.

I made a run to Mt. Rainier today. I decided to go across the north side and around the east side to end up at Paradise, which is on the southwest side. As I arrived at the last place to buy gas for the run around Rainier, the pumps were coned off...no gas. 52 miles ahead and 30 miles out of the way(that means 30 back also) there would be gas. It was a gorgeous ride and full of other riders doing the side trips. I got pictures of a few of the bikes that passed me several times. As these guys pulled up and parked one Harley rider was complaining about the oil his bike was throwing all over his legs. I heard his buddy say, "Like I have said, pal, that's why you need to get a YA....MA....HA!"

Whistlin' Jack's Lodge and Tavern. Very cool.

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Super charged? Cold air intake? Decoration?

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I didn't have lunch, but I did get a picture of the carriage in front of the restrooms.

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I zipped out of the parking lot to the left across the double yellow lines. They had just been painted while I was inside. That would have been a good thing to know before I zipped across them. My rear tire took a detour from the path of the front tire for a couple seconds as I crossed the wet paint, but that was OK because then it snapped back. Wheee! And then I was stuck behind the striping truck which was painting a double yellow to the left and a single white to the right. It wasn't long before he moved and I was moving again. I got back to the place I had been before the gas detour and got a few pictures.

This was to be as close as I got to Rainier today. I just didn't know it yet.

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These springs were everywhere.

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STEEP...all day everything was steep. I just have to face up to this truth...I can ride the mountains and LOVE it, but stopping for pictures sets off the irrational fear of heights and messes with my natural cool and calm. My heart rate changes, my legs rubberize, my hands lose dexterity. So unless the pull off is huge like this one, no pictures for you guys.

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I arrived at the vacant National Park HQ's to find a tiny paper sign that the Steven's Ranch Road was closed for repairs until August. Then the parade of trucks carrying boulders I had seen all day started to make sense.

So I rode out the way I rode in. I was tired by then so I decided to finish the run to Paradise tomorrow!!
 
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I made it to Mt Rainier finally! I now know that what I like about oceans is the water and what I like about mountains is how the water flows out of them.

On the road up, I crossed this bridge and stopped to take pictures.

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It was a bridge built over Christine Falls. This is not them, but some wayward spring that will join up later.

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Here is a look up one side of the road.

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Here is the view after the walk down.

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I made short videos so you can hear it! I did not know you can't rotate the video like you can a photo. So enjoy the sideways waterfall.

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And I got closer.

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This is a steep and rugged place.

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I found the Narada Falls next. Wow wa wow wow wow!

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I love catching the wildness of the water on camera.

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Yes, I walked to the lower view and made pictures and a video just for you.

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The next three shots are not the same spot. I have zoomed and have shot three pictures to stitch. The water changes so rapidly the autostitch couldn't match them.

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OOh...aahh!

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Looking down Narada Falls

Narada Falls from the view point

I made it to Paradise at 3500 feet. The Steven's Ranch Road takes you up higher, but is closed. Rainier is just over 14000 feet high.

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I stopped to get a picture of the Nisqually Glacier...a river of ice. This is the headwaters of the Nisqually River which has provided us with the beautiful Falls.

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While I was studying maps of the area, I looked at Mt St Helens from the satellite view. The lake in this picture is Spirit Lake. It sure does look like a Fox.

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I pack tomorrow for two days in Portland before I head across to Colorado.
 
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Your cousins are so cool, Hannah. You guys would have a blast together. Most of my cousins are here, too. John, Jerry, and Sally Jo. My father John married my mother Bettie Jo and they had Jim, John, and Joe. I want to know what happened to MY J name.
 
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well technically u could have been "J"ary but we shall all reffer to you now as "J"oozy


:) one summer maybe i shall have time.... haha ya right
 
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I want the name Juwanna. "Juwanna Sooz" I could wear muumuu's and own a tiki bar. Just the t-shirt sales alone would support me. Tye dyed t's with just this on the front: JUWANNA?

Hannah, plan ahead like I did. You will have time. I gave birth to you 20 years ago so you could mow the lawn for me while I take this trip. It is all in the planning.
 
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Joozy Juwanna,

Since you like the waterfalls so much, I hope while you're in Portland that you've allowed time to go see Multnomah. There's a road out of Portland towards Mt. Hood that follows the Columbia River. A while after leaving town you'll see a sign "<---- Scenic Route 19 miles". Once on that road have your camera ready and your foot on the brake-there's a falls around almost every curve it seems like. In my opinion some are prettier than Multnomah, but it's the showpiece of the drive at 619 feet (total; there are two drops, a major and a minor).

I can't wait to see what Joker does with "Juwanna". Juwanna beer with that?
;-)

Wishing you the Best of Luck on the remainder of your adventure and a safe return.
 
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The same artist designed the glass ceiling in the Flower Room in the Bellagio in Vegas. I lifted this picture from the web.

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I thought about hail too, Dave. The colorful pieces are protected by Lexan. It isn't the clearest plastic for the display but it is so strong(yet flexible). But all that clear glass could take a beating. Most of the clear glass was of simple design. Overheat a blob on the end of the pole and spin it. There were hundreds. By the way, the clear glass that is cut off, wasted, or broken goes back in the kiln with the molten glass. That kiln is never shut off. It takes more energy to come back up to temp than to just leave it going all the time. Plus the liquid glass in it would have to be ladled out before a shut down so that it would not break the kiln as it cooled.
Soozy, we were in Vegas a few weeks ago and saw the ceiling in the Bellagio. It was quite impressive. Thanks for the behind the scenes look. Also, thanks for sharing your incredible trip with us.

 
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Tank...I am going to follow the Columbia River as I leave Portland, so I will take your advice and go see the falls.

So on to Portland in the morning. It will be an interesting day as we are making the first trip on a brand new 42 foot Valiant sailboat. John works with Phil who has saved for his lifetime to be able to purchase this boat new. Phil invited John and Carla to join him for the first time to raise the sails. This is a big moment in a person realizing a dream and I get to tag along! Carla and I have made a nice picnic complete with strawberries and champagne to send us all off.

I think it is a three hour tour....(couldn't pass up that opportunity:mrgreen:).

Friday we will see the Spruce Goose, and Saturday I leave early to make the trip toward Colorado. I think I am down to three weeks of summer left!
 
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Joozy Juwanna,

Since you like the waterfalls so much, I hope while you're in Portland that you've allowed time to go see Multnomah. There's a road out of Portland towards Mt. Hood that follows the Columbia River. A while after leaving town you'll see a sign "<---- Scenic Route 19 miles". Once on that road have your camera ready and your foot on the brake-there's a falls around almost every curve it seems like. In my opinion some are prettier than Multnomah, but it's the showpiece of the drive at 619 feet (total; there are two drops, a major and a minor).

I can't wait to see what Joker does with "Juwanna". Juwanna beer with that?
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Wishing you the Best of Luck on the remainder of your adventure and a safe return.
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Hwy 84 east and I believe its at Corbet that you'll find the exit to the Scenic Hwy. That is some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. I lived just a few miles from the Scenic Hwy and my kids and I would love to drive up there and hike the falls. Oh, I'm so homesick now! We would go to Vista House and just hang out for the sunset. It's worth the time.
 
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Thank you for that, Wally!

Yesterday was one of those unbelievable bucket list days. So let me get straight to the pictures of the maiden voyage of the Barlavento. Windward.

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She is a brand new 42 foot Valiant sailing yacht and had never had her sails raised.

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Phil, her owner became DATE #19. :mrgreen:

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The cabin is lovely.

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So we motor out to the Columbia River and up with the sails! Main first. It is a self reefing sail which is hauled up electrically.

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Then the jib...which furls around the thingy and is drawn out by hand.

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Johnny takes the wheel for a little while. The wind is extremely light and blowing down river, so we tack upriver. After an hour of tacking we see that we are in the same spot as where we started due to the current.

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Phil fires up the 55hp inboard diesel and we head for a bridge just to see the other side of it. Now I have the wheel!! And they better not even think about taking it away from me.

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I posted all of these pictures so I can look back at how HAPPY I was at this moment in time!

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This boat carries 57 feet of mast, but no worries because the bridge is about 150 feet up there.

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We waited a moment on the barge to clear the bridge.

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Like a floating light house.

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Fun sights along the way! Carla and I prepared hors d'ouvres and scrumptious chicken salad with grapes and pecans stuffed in **** bread with avocado, cucumber, and tomato. We popped the top on a rose champagne and toasted the Barlavento while avoiding collision with this...

The Ironwood

We saw the other side of the bridge, and came about still under power. Soon after motoring under the bridge again, we caught some wind and the river busied up with afternoon sailing races. Off with the power and now WE BE SAILING!!!

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That's right dude, we are on starboard tack...so fall off.

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Thank you!

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I kept this piece of inner dialogue to myself, but I was thinking, "I am sailing this big freaking ship with 57 foot mast and 9500 pound keel, drafting 6 feet, costing close to half a million, ocean worthy, first time with sails, threading my way through sailing races, barges, water skiers, and bridges and no one is worried?!" heheheh I quickly switched from closely watching all the electronics to FEELING the wind to find the pocket.

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Phil was enjoying being able to wander and tinker with trim.

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Mt Hood in the distance.

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Oh Yeah!

Close hauled.

About 4 hours later, they ripped me loose from the wheel. This day will live on for me!
 
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