Day Thirteen: Homeward Bound

Day Thirteen: Homeward Bound

Today, we turned around and started our way back home. We liked Seattle and wished we could have spent more time there, but it was time to start back. Today was the mirror of Day 10; this time driving from Seattle to Missoula, Montana. I got the lucky job of driving out of Seattle at 8:00 this morning. The parking lot cleverly disguised as a freeway was where I had to go first thing this morning:

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We eventually clawed our way through the traffic and escaped Seattle and drove across Washington:

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I also got to take over the driving just outside of Spokane, so I can say that I’ve officially unlocked the “Washington Urban Driving Achievement”.

We continued through Idaho (including a lovely section of one lane road where we got stuck behind a tractor trailer laboring up the mountains ) and finally reached Missoula.  When we were here on Sunday, we ate at the Iron Horse Grill – we loved it so much that we ate there again tonight, even though it wasn’t close to our hotel. And we weren’t disappointed – another great meal:

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Tomorrow, we’re off to Sheridan, Wyoming.

Happy journeys,


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Day Twelve: To Boldly Go

Day Twelve: To Boldly Go

Today was our day to  visit Seattle. Our first stop was the Experience Music Project Museum. Luckily for me, it was hosting a Star Trek Exhibit. Here’s the museum:


Our first stop in the museum was an exhibit on Indie Games (computer). We played a number of very cool and kind of addictive games.

But then, we went to the part I’ve been looking forward to since we decided we were traveling out west:

And after climbing the stairs – I was pretty much in Nerdvana:

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Here’s a picture of me getting a little downtime with my fellow Borg:


And here’s me fantasizing about my dream job: A Starship Engineer crawling around the Jeffries Tubes to fix something:


Also housed at the Experience Music Project are the Science Fiction and Fantasy Halls of Fame (which also included Horror as well). Here are a handful of the exhibits:

From the Princess Bride (and the katana from Highlander):


From the Wizard of Oz:


Lord of The Rings:

From Doctor Who:

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From Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The stake on top is “Mr. Pointy”):


One of the panels from Frankenstein:


And a Proton Pack from Ghostbusters:


The mask from Creature From The Black Lagoon:


And last, but certainly not least, a helmet from one of the French Knights in Monty Python and The Holy Grail:


And just so you don’t think we did anything else but spend the day in the museum, we also went to the top of the Space Needle:


And here are a number of pictures from the top:

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After our aerial view of Seattle, we met a friend of my wife’s and went to Pike Place Market:


And the Pike Brewing Company for food and adult beverages:


Gentle reader, consider yourself lucky that I was relatively restrained in the number of pictures I posted as I think I took a picture of nearly every single exhibit in the Star Trek, Fantasy, and Science Fiction exhibits!

Tomorrow, we save farewell to Seattle and begin our trek back east.

Happy journeys!


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Day Eleven: Huskeytown

Day Eleven: Huskeytown

Today, we toured the University of Washington – the true goal of our trip. Here’s a hasty picture I took of the entrance:


We went to the Husky Union Building and from there, took our tour of the campus. It was quite a bit different than I expected. I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t expect it to look so old.  Here are just a few of the buildings we saw:

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We went to  Suzzallo Library:


Which on the inside was either Hogwarts:


or the Maester’s Citadel from Game of Thrones:


Here’s a picture of the fountain on campus created when Seattle had the World’s Fair (1962):


If you squint hard, the  whitish/grey stuff to the right of the fountain is Mount Rainier.

We went to the Sylvan Grove that holds four pillars from the original building of the University of Washington when it was actually in downtown Seattle:


The tradition is that you touch on of the pillars during Freshman Orientation and touch one again when you graduate.

We wrapped up at the HUB where we finished the tour.  Later in the afternoon, we took a tour of one of the residence halls, and it was much nicer than my Freshman dorm room! They also had so many amenities in the residence halls like kitchens, game rooms, a recording studio, a lab with 3D printers, soldering irons, wood working and sewing equipment, in addition to your usual TV and study lounges. Almost makes me want to go back to college!

Tonight we had an actual home cooked dinner in our suite (which was great!). Tomorrow we head to the Experience Music Project and the Space Needle in downtown Seattle.

WARNING: There may be an unhealthy collection of Star Trek related photos tomorrow. You’ve been warned!

Happy journeys



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Day Ten: Looks Like We Made It

Day Ten: Looks Like We Made It

We packed up early and left Missoula, MT. Here’s a picture from downtown Missoula that I took last night, but forgot to load from my phone:


We drove a couple of hours north and before we knew it, we were in Idaho:


We travelled through the mountains of the panhandle of Idaho and before we knew it we were in Washington:


We crossed over very near Spokane. Although we could smell and see some smoke in the distance, we really didn’t know there were major wildfires near Spokane and we travelled through with no problems whatsoever. In fact, it wasn’t until people commented later that we even knew there were major fires. Truthfully, we had more issues with the managed fires near West Yellowstone (which wasn’t much) than the Spokane fires.

As we started across Washington, I have to admit that I was very surprised. I thought that Washington was going to be one huge mass of forests. Instead, as we crossed from Spokane, this is what it looked like:

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If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that I was in South Dakota or Wyoming.

Eventually, we got closer to Snoqualmie Pass and the view became decidedly more like what I expected:

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And finally, we arrived in Seattle:

Here’s the view of where we’re staying in the University District


Today was a good lesson in why you should travel – when you see things for yourself, it certainly resets your preconceived notions of places – it certainly has for me!

Tomorrow it’s college visit time (University of Washington).

Happy journeys!


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Day Nine: Purple Mountains Majesty and Amber Waves of Grain

Day Nine: Purple Mountains Majesty and Amber Waves of Grain

Today was a short travel day – From West Yellowstone to Missoula, Montana. We packed up the Cube…here’s what the fully packed Cube looks like:

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We have a cooler/pseudo refrigerator (it has a fan that runs from the cigarette lighter) that keeps food cold and allows us to pack picnic lunches on the road.

We headed out of the mountains around West Yellowstone and down to the plains of Montana. On our trip, we really did see purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain:


We travelled through more plains and eventually came to the mountains the closer we got to Missoula.  Here are some pictures we got from the car:

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Tomorrow is a very long travel day as we travel from Missoula to our ultimate destination: Seattle.

Happy journeys!


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