Northern Tier 2010

July 1, 2010

Greetings from Seattle

Filed under: Pre-Tour Vacation — Henry Scott @ 10:00 am


Other than a cramped and noisy flight between Chicago and Seattle, our trip has gone very smoothly so far. We landed on time, picked up our rental car and easily got to the home of our friends Greg and Ali around 10:00 p.m. We both had a wonderful night’s sleep, and enjoyed an excellent breakfast with Greg, Ali and their two daughters, Annalise and Sylvia — complete with fresh eggs from their two chickens, Cluck and Sunshine. It turns out that having pet chickens is the latest craze, but this was news to me 🙂


After breakfast, we went to the flagship R.E.I. (where we spent way too much time and money!), and then to Amtrak to pick up my bike and gear. I was very impressed by the experience: everything was there, the employees were friendly and, most importantly, the bike was in great shape. We then made our way to Pikes Market where we had a good lunch with Greg (he works nearby), and then got down to business with the spectacular fruit that was for sale.

We then made our way up to Olympic National Park, via the Edmons-to-Kimgston ferry, where we will stay for the next few days. Tomorrow, Friday, we’ll start hiking to explore the local geology.

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2 Comments »

  1. Glad to hear about safe arrival, bike fine, and visit with Greg and Ali. About chickens:
    Uncle George had pet chickens when we lived in Florida, and we ate the eggs
    the hen laid. — Please say hello to Greg from us. –John and ‘Stoffer visited
    Penn State yesterday and got here in time for dinner. Beautiful weather–
    swimming at sunset, which is when Mette and her mother, and Sofie
    and cousin Mille arrived. –Hi to Jennifer. Lots of fun reading your
    blog! How was the hiking yesterday in Olympic National Park?

    Comment by CCS — July 3, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  2. REI Flagship . . . The Mother Lode . . . Utopia . . . Nirvana . . . And then to Pike Place Market . . . What an awesome day! Hopefully, you enjoyed a coffee at the original Starbuck’s just across the street from the PP Fish Market! Seattle is one of my favorite cities . . .

    Comment by Bruce — July 3, 2010 @ 11:26 pm


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