Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer

We've really enjoyed keeping Russell, the Lawson Whoodle, company while his family was away. We anticipate an emotional reunion at SEA (Seattle Airport) tomorrow morning.











Monday, July 24, 2017

The Delights of Dog Sitting

We're enjoying the company of Russell, the personable whoodle whose family is traveling here and there for a couple of weeks.

If it weren't for Russell, we wouldn't have been standing in our back yard at 5:30 a.m., taking in the beautiful morning.

If it weren't for Russell's intense stare upward, we wouldn't have noticed the Great Blue Heron perched in our tree.





A nice start to the day...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Vancouver: Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Friends invited us for dinner here. Two are from Hong Kong.

We (They) ordered well in Cantonese and we enjoyed one of the best Chinese dinners we've ever experienced.











A great evening!







Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LAX Layover

 After a fine flight on AA #72 SYD-LAX (now among our very favorite business class products), we zipped through immigration and customs formalities, strolled from terminal 4 to 6, and went through TSA PreCheck effortlessly.

We're now relaxing in the Alaska Lounge, surprisingly small but not too crowded today.

Our next flight is 11:15 so we have much of the morning in here.





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Aboard AA 72: SYD-LAX 777

Great Business Class seats...





Sydney: SYD Qantas Business Lounge

We zipped through security, despite Brian's second random explosive screening in as many days.

Fairly dismal offerings in the lounge - muffins or croissants, unless we're missing something.



Update: Silly us... We missed the space next door.


Qantas Economy Class BNE-SYD

Quite impressive. One hour ten minutes airborne and we get a choice of meals and two rounds of the beverage of our choice (wine for us) on a newish 737-800.

Impressive IFE too...



Okay, not much legroom in Row19...


Two mini-bottles of wine were a compensation.


Our checked rollaboards came out quickly and we caught the bus to the international terminal.


We walked across to check in at Rydges. Because we're members of the program, they upgraded us to a mini-suite.


They also offered us one free drink, a $35  food / drink credit, and 20% off food.

We'd be fools not to have something.



Tomorrow we across to the terminal, and before we know it we'll be en route to LAX on American, and from there onward  to Seattle and Bellingham.

Qantas QF400


Monday, May 29, 2017

NTL: Newcastle, NSW Australia Airport

It also is used as a military field (RAAF Base Williamtown) and turns out to be a modern and pleasant facility.





We're flying Qantas NTL-BNE-SYD (Newcastle to Brisbane to Sydney).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hard to Overlook in Newcastle

Walking along the beautiful waterfront near the Crowne Plaza, we couldn't help but notice all 958 feet of the Maka Franz, a bulk carrier, being escorted into port by four massive tugs.