I arrived in the evening of my long journey across the state of Washington at an anonymous friend’s. Since I was exhausted, I was grateful to rest for a while in a very comfortable surrounding! The next afternoon, I met up with my Uncle Tom and his lovely girlfriend Cynthia in the Ballard area of Seattle. Upon my suggestion, we ate dinner at the Sand Point Grill, a cozy cafe that a former college mate, Kristina Bartleson, owns. Unfortunately, it was Kris’ night off, but we each enjoyed a lovely fish dish – I had the salmon special, and we shared an apple pie with Tennessee Whiskey ice cream, which Kris had made. Yum!
The next day, my friend and I headed to Tacoma. The Tacoma Aroma from the pulp mills did not put me off and I greatly enjoyed the Chihuly glass bridge as well as the art museum. I also got to see two sites from the movie Ten Things I Hate About You and eat a burger at the popular Spar, which had a lovely hill view of the water.
The following day, I drove up to Vancouver in typical Northwest weather. It was a several hour challenge finding things, from the Visitors Center to parking to a hostel to safe parking near the hostel, and then finally, walking across the bridge in a drizzle to Granville Island, where there were shops and a fabulous market place. I wanted to buy one of everything, but ended up getting two peaches and a beet salad and chatting with the young German seller. A long walk back and then a tasty dirt-cheap sushi dinner before climbing into my upper bunk for the night.