Hello to everyone again!! A few more days have passed so wanted touch base and get you all up to date, happy reading ;o)
Monday 9th – Left Eureka where we were heading to Seal Caves ~6hrs away. Our first stop was the ‘Trees of Mystery’ where they have a sky trail you can do. Unfortunately the tour was going to take ~2hrs to walk (which is the best way to see it all) and we didn’t have the time. The main attraction there was the ‘Cathedral Tree’ which was a bunch of trees which had all grown into a cathedral like formation. Our favourite attraction though was actually out the front where there was a giant statue of a lumberjack and his ox and he actually talked!! AND he could wave and wink. We were amazed and entertained as he was speaking to the visitors in normal conversation. We couldn’t work out where the person was hiding who’s voice it was?? Still puzzled to this day…haha ;op A couple of his best lines were...
“who’s that sitting on my left boot…stay still and I’ll boot you over the freeway”
Then there was a guy who wanted a photo with the ox’s quite large bits between the back legs so the statue said “what’s going underneath my ox over there”
If you’re not laughing guess you had to be there, we’ll laugh for you kehe!
As we were driving we came across the West Coast Game Park and decided to stop and have a looksy. It was pretty cool as we got to pat baby lions and tigers and get close to quite a lot of animals. Apparently its America’s biggest, wild animal petting park. Whilst we were there a monkey got cranky and sprayed pee on people, she’s also known to throw her poo…glad we were a good distance away!! There were also llama’s, goats, donkeys, lambs, peacocks etc just roaming around. Saw black and brown bears too which was good, we’re thinking we’ve seen them now so no need to come across them in the wild…what you think?! (gulp)
Got to Seal Caves and decided not to go down as they’re actually not in the caves during the summer, they laze on the rocks out front. Stayed overnight at Newport where we had the best shower so far!!
Tuesday 10th – Pretty cruisey day… Left Newport, stopped for lunch at a place called Seaside then stayed the night in Hoquiam.
Wednesday 11th – Onwards to Seattle! Forks was our first stop which all the Twi-hards out there would appreciate. It’s the home of where Twilight was filmed / based. On the road again and it was such a beautiful drive. We passed Crescent Lake on the way and it was so big and blue surrounded by mountains. Had a nice lunch at Port Angeles on the water where we had a little walk and watching a couple of guys trying to catch fish off the pier. We then caught an awesome ferry with the car from Kingston to Edmunds. So nice with the sun and sea breeze, out little car enjoyed the ride too teehee ;op Reached Seattle and decided to some laundry then had late tea.
Thursday 12th – Decided to explore the town first thing in the morning. Was great as the bus stop was only a block down the road and came as soon as we got there! We did Bill Speigel’s Underground Tour which was SO interesting and amazing!! Seattle was first built at sea level on a big mud flats where the tide flooded the streets twice a day everyday for 30 or so years! Then the city burnt to the ground and they finally decided to build one level above ground. The tour is of the underground where the town used to be. All of it is untouched and how it was found years down the track. It’s unbelievable how many mistakes the people made in building Seattle and how they lived for so many years before they got it right ;o/ Look it up if you want to read about it, we bought a little book for you to read when we get back too.
We then had a look at the famous Pike Street Markets and had a piroshky (sweet and savoury filled pastries) for lunch sitting in the sun near the water. Still with a bit of time to kill we took the monorail ($2 each) to the Space Needle. Fantastic views of the city and surrounds!! We then found this awesome fountain which was a dome shape and sprayed the water from all these holes on top. The amazing thing was heaps of people (& a couple of dogs) were playing in it and having a fab time!! It did put on a good show I must say with all the different things it could do and it even blew out smoke ;o)
Friday 13th – Saw no black cats and didn’t walk under any ladders so was a good day haha. Went to the Experience Music Project which was music museum. Had lots of guitars and history on mainly rock music and also an interactive area where you could use guitars, keyboards, drums, sing etc and record it. Geoff you would have really enjoyed this and Loz said she knew a lot of the bands from you ;o) Had a relaxing rest of the arvo – back to the fountain for a sit in the sun, lunch near the water (hotdog & corn = sooo good), bought some yummy fruit from the market then bummed around at the motel.
Saturday 14th – Got off to an early start as we were headed for the VANS Warped Tour, woohoo!! It’s a music festival for those who didn’t know. It was at The Gorge in George, Washington…get your head around that one haha ;op Hot day but was a spectacular venue, the main stage was literally in the gorge, amazing views! Awesome bands too, had a lot of fun. Loz was really stoked as she got to see 4 bands that she’s a big fan of for the first time. Drove ~45mins after to Moses Lake for the night.
Sunday 15th – had the best continental breakky to kick off out day!! Boiled eggs, bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, waffles, fruit loops…stocked up a few goodies…Ninny and Di you would be proud kehe ;op Drove through Spokane (nothing much to see) and have landed in Missoula, Montana. We were in 3 states today!! Went from Washington to Idaho now in Montana, pretty cool ;o) Staying at KOA Kampgrounds in a cute little Kabin (they like their k’s). Going to be a fairly relaxing few days as we make out way to Yellowstone National Park…no TV etc. Going to be nice though to explore the park and chill for a bit. Camping tomorrow on the outskirts of Yellowstone then into the Park itself!
Hope this finds you all well (ma – hope your chest infection is gone). We are missing you all and also a good aussie BBQ with a snag in bread with dead horse!! They just don’t seem to have normal snags here ;o/ haha
Touch base again in a few days…let’s hope we don’t run into any tigers and lions and BEARS…oh my!! (I secretly hope to see a bear though…when I’m in the car of course haha)
Love you all, XXX
P.S This entry’s a little delayed as we haven’t had reception for almost a week, next one in a few more days ;o)