|May 29||Seattle to St. Helen's to Vantage, WA||452|
Memorial Day AM in Everett, WA
This morning we head for St. Helen's, and then make the turn for home. Both of us--I think--feel very ready to complete the journey. Yesterday, we went to an ELCA church. It was an interesting service. I now understand Erica's comfort with the Episcopal service. We then went to the Boeing Museum of Flight. It was a fine museum with many excellent aircraft, but we had a terrifyingly dull tour guide who seemed unaware that most folks are ignorant of the numerical designations of historical planes. We then went downtown and ate lunch @ The Fisherman. I had a superb sturgeon w/blueberry chutney. We wanted to go to the Aquarium, but the Memorial Day crowd made the prospect unattractive. Instead we viewed an Imax film on the Mt. St. Helen's eruption. After supper at McD's, we went back to the room to play cards.
PM: En route
Today is Memorial Day-the day we honor those who served our country in the military. This is good and right and proper. And plenty of persons will and have made numerous speeches all validating the honor due these men and women. For the sake of brevity, allow me to agree with these honoring speeches. However, two thoughts are w/ me today--the second developed from the first.
We stopped for the night in Vantage, WA. The country looks nothing like my preconceived notions of WA led me to expect. It's much more like "The West" of the movies. The drive from St. Helen's on route 12 was wondiferous. Plunging gorges, waterfalls, twisting mountain roads. Wow.