20th August: Beautiful Mount Hook and AirBnb

20th August: Beautiful Mount Hook and AirBnb

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Wednesday 20/08/2014
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We had to be checked out by midday, and we just about managed to be on time after a lie in, tasty breakfast of fruit and yoghurt and packing up again. Escaping Portland took a while and we had lunch on the far side in a Wendy’s. The Wendy’s burgers were OK, but not as good as McDonalds and certainly far short of In-N-Out. We were looking forward to getting back…

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19th August: Pretty Promenading in Portland

19th August: Pretty Promenading in Portland

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Tuesday 19/08/2014
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We started the day with a really tasty breakfast of fresh strawberries and yoghurt. As we were having our breakfast we had a chat to Maylene and Charity, our host couple. As you can probably gather from their names, they are lesbians, though this wasn’t an issue – we’d already had a lovely time staying with Joey and Jude in Perth. We chatted a lot about our trip…

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18th August (his): Sunshine in Mount Rainier National Park

18th August (his): Sunshine in Mount Rainier National Park

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Monday 18/08/2014
Andie writing

(error – we somehow got our wires crossed and both wrote up this day independently, although done from the same set of notes. I’ll post both versions so you can all compare and contrast our writing styles!)

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We didn’t manage to set off from Rick & Denise’s very early as we enjoyed their hot tub for a while! I also skyped my Mum for a bit too.

We only got as far as…

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18th August (hers): Drive to Portland via Mount Rainier National Park

18th August (hers): Drive to Portland via Mount Rainier National Park

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Monday 18/08/2014
Em writing

(error – we somehow got our wires crossed and both wrote up this day independently, although done from the same set of notes. I’ll post both versions so you can all compare and contrast our writing styles!)

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It was almost lunchtime by the time we left Rick and Denise’s as we enjoyed their hot tub in the garden and then Andie caught up with his Mum via Skype.

Because…

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17th August: A cool church and building Boeings

17th August: A cool church and building Boeings

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Sunday 17/08/2014
Em writing

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We had planned to go to an earlyish church service this morning but had to go to a later one as we weren’t ready in time (surprise! ;) ) We were actually glad this happened though because when we got to the church (Westgate Chapel) we had such a friendly welcome. Several people came up to greet us, we received a ’visitor’ gift bag and the atmosphere was so much…

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16th August: Exploring Seattle

16th August: Exploring Seattle

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Saturday 16/08/2014
Em writing

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We considered the options about how to get to Seattle today. We had wondered about taking public transport but then decided on driving ourselves as the parking didn’t seem too expensive.

The drive into Seattle itself was pretty busy and quite slow on parts of the freeway. We knew we were almost there when we caught the first glimpse of the iconic sky tower. We…

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The 200th Post!

Wow! It’s quite a milestone to reach the 200th post on here – we’ve done a lot of travelling so far this year and it isn’t over yet!

Another milestone is that we’ve reached 100 followers (if you count those subscribed by email as well as through WordPress)! We’re glad that you’re all enjoying following our adventures.

I know that we’re pretty behind updating our blog at the moment. It’s hard to…

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15th August: Sailing to Seattle

15th August: Sailing to Seattle

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Friday 15/08/2014
Em writing

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We left earlyish in order to drive to catch the ferry from Saanich. There was a really long queue building up behind us when we arrived so we were glad to have set off in plenty of time and that we’d been able to reserve a space in advance.

After we’d purchased our ticket, we went through immigration. We wondered whether we would have to surrender the fruit we were…

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14th August: Vancouver City to Vancouver Island

14th August: Vancouver City to Vancouver Island

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Thursday 14/08/2014
Em writing

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Because our host had to leave the house to get to work, we managed to set off just after 8am. This was what we had intended anyway because we were going to catch a ferry across to Vancouver Island. There was an option to reserve in advance but this came with a booking fee charge of almost $20 so I told Andie not to bother and we’d just turn up at the ferry terminal.

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13th August: Stanley Park

13th August: Stanley Park

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Wednesday 13/08/2014
Em writing

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This morning began with a helpful email from Marion, Andie’s Mum, which sparked off another conversation about our future plans and the impact of those.

We then hopped on a bus to get to Stanley Park which we’d been planning to visit before. When we got on the bus we realised we needed the exact change for our fares. The bus driver kindly said we could get on for…

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12th August: Bookings, Bookings and More Bookings

12th August: Bookings, Bookings and More Bookings

12/08/2014
Andie writing

We spent the morning and early afternoon doing lots more bookings for the East Coast part of our trip. This is quite time-consuming! Deciding on a itinerary, looking for places to stay that are within the budget, favourably reviewed on AirBnb and available. Then when we fail to find places, re-working the itinerary to fit what is available and iterating over the process…

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11th August: Batteries, Burgers and Bays

11th August: Batteries, Burgers and Bays

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Monday 11/08/2014
Andie writing

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This morning we booked an Apple genius bar appointment back at the Oakridge shopping centre. The battery menu in my Air was showing the message “service battery”. I took it in and a very helpful genius called Ellie ran through a bunch of diagnostic tests on it. While we were waiting for the tests to run we talked to Ellie about our trip. She was English and had…

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10th August: Many more bookings and an unfriendly church

10th August: Many more bookings and an unfriendly church

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Sunday 10/08/2014
Em writing

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Recovering from our life on the road, we enjoyed another sleepy morning and pain au chocolate again. Then we got busy with lots and lots more AirBnB bookings trying to fill in the gaps for the future of our trip.

We enjoyed the rest of our Papa John’s pizza for lunch with salad on the side to make it a bit healthier! Then we thought we better go out and get some…

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9th August: Seeing Clearly in Vancouver

9th August: Seeing Clearly in Vancouver

Saturday 09/08/2014
Em writing

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This morning we enjoyed a long sleep in. It felt so nice not having to get up and pack as we had been doing so much recently. We enjoyed some yummy pain au chocolats for our brunch.

Arriving in Vancouver where we’d stay for a while meant that we’d finally get a chance to catch up on ‘lifemin’ (Gordon’s great term for life admin).

So to start off with, we Googled…

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8th August: Voyaging on to Vancouver

Friday 08/08/2014 Em writing We had a good chat to our AirBnB host this morning. She showed us around the framing studio that she runs with her husband explaining that they were in the middle of constructing a bigger building so they could open a proper shop.

8th August: Voyaging on to Vancouver

Friday 08/08/2014 Em writing We had a good chat to our AirBnB host this morning. She showed us around the framing studio that she runs with her husband explaining that they were in the middle of constructing a bigger building so they could open a proper shop.

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