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These are going to pale in comparison to Erin’s Japan Pics, but I’ve been meaning to post some of these for quite a while.  Instead of doing three separate posts for three separate occasions, I’m just going to slap ’em all up here at once.  I apologize for the onslaught of them.  It might seem a little overwhelming.

But let’s get going.  We have a lot of ground to cover.

PART ONE: Cinco de Mayo Carnival with Emily.

80% Standard Carnival, 20% Hispanoamerican Flair.

View of the Carnival from the Ferris Wheel.

Ferris Wheels are awesome.  Especially because they are not the spinney carnival death machine ride (I can’t remember the name) we went on post Ferris Wheel.  I had been perfectly happy to appreciate centripetal force from a polite distance; I did not need a personal, live-action demonstration.  God Almighty.

Apple-Buttered Elephant Ear.  That’s the aforementioned 80%, right there.

PART II: VegFest! with Lisa and Jenna. 

It’s an annual festival they hold at Benson High School where a whole bunch of local vegan vendors offer samples, and guest speakers talk about the continuing fight for animal rights and stuff.  It was pretty great, and only 5 bucks to get in.

The first session we attended was a cooking demonstration.  One of the chefs from Blossoming Lotus made Raw Pad Thai using squash and zucchini instead of noodles.  It was surprisingly delicious. 

Lisa deftly demonstrates both the surprise and the deliciousness.

We wandered around the food court where all the free samples were, and lo!  We spotted our favorite waitress from the cult-run Vegetarian Chinese place.  She was handing out fortune cookies, and she gave me two for being a loyal customer.  

The Humane Society gave a lecture in the main auditorium.  Benson High School is pretty old, and has some beautiful light fixtures.

PART THREE: The Olympic Peninsula and Seattle with Will

This was in honor of me now being able to legally rent a car.  The basic plan was to go up the 5 to Olympia, then take the 101 northwest up around the perimeter of the Olympic Peninsula to Port Townshend, and then back down through Bremerton and Tacoma, and up the 5 again to Seattle for dinner. (Seattle has not one but TWO Vegetarian Chinese Restaurants, and I was determined to try one of them).  

I didn’t actually think we’d be able to cover all of that, but we did, remarkably.  Except I lost the directions to the Chinese place in Seattle, so we ended up just eating at that Thai Restaurant that Los Rousse and I went to that time the car broke down.  It was still pretty tasty.

I was a little nervous about spending the entire day with Will.  He’s not very fond of small talk, and he’s kind of negative about most things.  As it turns out, though, he’s an ideal travel companion.  He hates to drive, which meant I got to be behind the wheel the entire time.  And having someone so quiet was pretty nice, it turned out.  We spent a pretty good amount of time talking, but we also spent a lot of time quietly absorbed in what we saw outside the window.  It was a good balance.  He also didn’t complain about how frequently I jeapordized his life by attempting to take pictures while driving.  

First up is our trusty steed: the rental car company gave me a brand new car.  It had maybe three miles on the odometer when I picked it up.  When I brought it back this morning, it had about 650. I was so proud.

This was a small town outside of Olympia where we stopped for snacks.  Will wants everyone to know just how passionate he is about saving our country’s kids.

So this is on the 101 out on the Penninsula.  Behind the clouds you can see a big-ass mountain.

We decided to take a quick detour down a side road, and naturally there was a llama farm.  Llama farms are pretty much a requisite fixture for rural highway offshoot roads. 

There was this sign that said “Mountain View Scenic Recreation Area NEXT LEFT,” and I assumed it meant there would be a good spot where you could see some Mountains.  What it turned out to be, we soon found out, was a spot on TOP of a mountain where you could see down to the Pugett Sound.  It was at least 2000 feet up, and reached by a winding, one-lane (!) road that clung to the side of the Mountain without any guard rails all the way up.  And there was hardly any shoulder, so you couldn’t turn around once you unwittingly began your journey up.

The pay-off was pretty big, though.

Once we got back down the Mountain (miraculously unscathed), there was a rest stop in front of the Sound.  Will had apparently not been around any body of Salt Water in like 15 years.

Highway 20, the Road to Port Townshend.

Port Townshend is  predictably charming.  It’s on the Straight of San Juan de Fuca between the  Pugett Sound and the Pacific.  It’s also in some sort of Rain Shadow (I don’t understand climate) that makes it the sunniest place in Western Washington.  It also has some pretty unexpectedly nice Victorian-era architecure.  The place was full of tourists from Seattle.

That land mass behind me may or may not be British Columbia.  We were too lazy to ask which direction was North.  I’m not angry, just squinting cause it’s windy. 

More of Port Townshend.

…And more of Port Townshend.

Port Townshend Lighthouse

This was the name on someone’s actual boat.  I suggested Enthusiastic Oppossum as an improvement.  Will prefered Coked-Up Prarie Dog, as the implied drug presence would increase the owner’s chances of successfully luring hookers on board.

Anyway, onward to Seattle!

Art-Deco Ross in Downtown Seattle

Trying not to look frustrated while navigating.  (Will can’t read maps, so I was having to find my way around by instinct, an ability I always forget that I do not possess.)

Looking out over Elliot Bay.  A good end to a good day. 

We made it back down to Portland before midnight, and Will was very gracious about letting me play Cat Stevens on the way home.  Good Times.


10 responses »

  1. 🙂 These make me happy. Also, Emily’s hair has gotten super long. And even though I’m in Japan, I’m jealous of your excursion to Seattle.

  2. did they use spaghetti squash at the vegan thing? because that is always surprisingly delicious.

    the nw looked awesome! i’m glad you had a good time… you look all manly leaning against that wall.

    and finally, i nominate ‘excitable daisy’ for the boat. you could be all ‘oh no!!! the daisy is TOO EXCITABLE!!!’ and it would be kind of great. maybe.

  3. about that song? i honestly don’t know, which i think reflects my opinion on the magnetic fields in general. some of their stuff is great and some… not so much. they tend to have a theme, kind of, and it’s not always subtle. this song, it’s catchy, but the whiny thing in the background kind of really annoys me. i can’t get into it, but i kind of wish i could, if that makes sense.

    whose profile is that?

  4. I’ll read this soon and actually comment. Uh, I deleted the two posts explaining why I wasn’t going to stay at UGA. I’ll write something on that soon. Also, I revised the post to clarify that this girl is a friend of a friend from Florida, not an ex-girlfriend of mine. There were too many pronouns in my original sentence. 🙂

  5. So I loved this. Emily’s hair looks great, as does she. And so do you! I really like that self-picture (?) of you navigating. I can’t figure out why I like it so much, but I do. Also, I want to be on the road to Port Townsend right now. Not so much for Port Townsend, but more b/c that road looks awesome.

  6. Townshend. Whoops.

  7. It is June. Seems you were coming back (or going to, depending on your perspective, I suppose) Gawjah sometime this month. It was 90 in the shade today. Holler if you get in range and I’ll make some sweet tea and we can sit on the porch and watch the lizards.

  8. v slow at work today. i keep running into websites that make me think of you. so here they are!

    artwork of isolated mountains: somehow still intimidating

    strange maps blog:the archives will make you so happy: esp 271, 274

    aki kotkas’ recycle design: i need that lightbulb oil lamp but the iv lamp is too creepy:


    talk to you later buddy!

  9. So I’ve been texting you and texting you and texting you, but you never answer. What’s up?


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