Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Commercial Crab Season in Blaine WA

A beautiful day... this boat is based in Wrangell, Alaska.








Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lunch at R&H, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond BC




We were just here last weekend, stopping by for a snack with our Australian friends, Bill and Sue, before putting them on their flight onward out of YVR. We're usually here for the xaio long bao (soup dumplings), but today we were tempted by the combo of Braised Beef Noodle Soup and eight Steamed Dumplings. They make their dumplings in-house.

A very big lunch for about US $10 each and quite delicious. We got caught in the beginning of the afternoon rush (more of a jam) down Highway 99 to the border, but lunch made it well worth it.

There are eight more dumplings in the steamer basket on the bottom - no dinner for us tonight!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More Washington Wine Tasting

We hit more wineries Tuesday, filling up the back of our Subaru with bottles from a total of 10 wineries. We spent time in the Red Mountain region, an up and coming growing region, the smallest appellation in Washington.















A quick stop at the Hungry Bear for some decent Mexican food...





The grand finale was a stop at Cooper Wines, where Mr. Cooper himself described his wine and poured it for us.









An overnight in Ellensburg and a pleasant drive home today capped off a very enjoyable trip for us.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Washington Wine Tasting

From Walla Walla to Richland...











Our final stop of the day was at Bookwalter’s, a winery we’ve visited before. Happy Hour prices held our attention and we enjoyed an early dinner before returning to our hotel.









The Richland Home2 Suites by Hilton provided another bargain night of lodging at the end of another thoroughly pleasant day.



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Road Trip: Mukilteo, Washington

We’re checked in at a Hilton Garden Inn directly across from the Boeing Visitor Center where we star our Boeing Factory Tour tomorrow.

All these years living in this part of the world and we’ve never done it, despite having visited the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France some years ago.

No cameras allowed on the tour so this may be our closest photo - from our suite.



This hotel is having key problems, and an employee finally escorted us to our junior suite (upgrade), delivering the keys a few minutes later.

Technology is great when it works.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Quick Road Trip: Olympia WA Hilton Garden Inn

A quick Saturday afternoon drive to Tumwater to buy - what else? - repair parts for our boat, so we stayed overnight here at this spanking new hotel, enabling us to attend a granddaughter’s soccer game up I-5 tomorrow.

It was a bargain price and it proved to be a great place.

We’re really impressed with the common areas, and the restaurant provided just what we needed.














Friday, August 24, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Smokey Birch Bay

Sunset over magnificent Thunderbird Lake as fires rage...




Monday, August 20, 2018

Caprese Salad in Birch Bay

We’re on a long spell at home, and we can enjoy a home-grown Caprese Salad even if we’re not learning any points / miles.