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Seattle Makes Me… head north, to the animals

Locals say this elephant seal pup has arrived at Mutiny Bay each spring for the last 5 years. It cools itself by flicking sand over its body.

Locals say this elephant seal has arrived at Mutiny Bay each spring for the last 5 years. It cools itself by flicking sand over its body.

A couple of days after our Portland trip I found myself heading in the opposite direction. This time it was north up to Mukilteo to catch the ferry for my first ever trip to Whidbey Island. I was kindly taken by car, but there was a group who came from downtown Seattle by bus – so even without transport it is fantastically accessible. And, an even bigger bonus, once on the island all bus travel is free. We were there to hike, a trip organised by two volunteer hike leaders from The Mountaineers.  Continue reading

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Seattle Makes Me… head south

From the train window, looking over to Anderson Island

From the train window, looking over to Anderson Island

At the end of April we travelled down to Portland. Portland for us is home to delightful family members, so seeing them is the highlight of any trip there. If it wasn’t for them, and despite the very high praise that is (no doubt worthily) heaped on the city, I think the best bit would be the journey. I love catching the Amtrak train. Rail travel, for some reason I really don’t understand, isn’t a usual form of transport for most people in the USA. The tracks carry far more freight trains than passengers and have gained priority. Freight trains here can go on for miles – or at least it seems so. If you reach a rail crossing when one is passing you really have to wait some time to see the end of it. Continue reading

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