Archive for August, 2010

Home Sweet Home


Thank you to everyone for following the blog over the last six months and particularly for the many comments of support and encouragement.  We all loved seeing the comments arriving into our email and 3 or 4 days without Internet made it all the better becuase there was always a stack of them.  For those who didn’t leave a comment – the WordPress site gave daily traffic stats so we still knew you (or possibly some complete strangers) were reading. 

Home now and back to reality. Last border crossing was easy. I asked if I could put the SPOT tracking device on in the plane – the Aer Lingus cabin staff were no impresssed.

I’ve turned it on (SPOT) one last time to mark home.

Good Luck until next time


Getting on a plane today – 16th August


Last day of the trip and last post.  We’ve been in New York for 3 nights meeting up with friends (Helen, Steven & kids) who are over here on holiday.  We catch the 9:50 flight home tonight.  Very mixed feelings for Susan and I.  Neither of us want it to end but we are looking forward to meeting everyone back home after our 6 month holiday.  It’s a different matter for Jane and Emma.  They’ve been counting the days – although I haven’t heard much counting in Seattle or New York.

Okay so one last border crossing.  I hope the Irish immigration don’t look for a bung 🙂

All of us (minus Susan the Camera Lady) in Chinatown

Our Carnivores

Celebrating their birthdays …..Again

Seattle 12th August


Almost finished in Seattle.  Any longer and the Newman Taylors would probably have had the Federales on us I suspect.  A week of partying was as much as I could handle.  Brill time.  Last night tonight – We’re going to see Blondie and the B52’s playing in a local winery.  Should be great crac. 

I sold the van and dropped it off to the Canadian border today. The new owners are delighted and I did fess up where we’d taken it.

Boating in Seattle (kind of Irish style)

Captain Taylor taking us through the storm.  This was enjoyable.  Honest.

Amy (the one in front) told us the only rule in this house was to have fun

Mary and i practicing the “Time Warp” dance

Girls on the ball in downtown Seattle

Seattle – 5th August…


FYI – Arrived in Seattle last Thursday and encamped with the Newman-Taylors.  All having a ball.  We’ve re-celebrated Susan’s Birthday at Mary’s insistence (she likes parties).  Went playing with guns at the local firing range with Ian eile and managed to hit the target most of the time.  Good fun.  I’m going for a spin on a Hardly Davidson today and looking forward to it.  I hope I can remember how to ride a bike after 6 months.

Looks like I might have sold the van to a Canadian couple.  They drove down to see it yesterday evening went for a quick test drive and gave me a deposit.  Happy days.

Stuff since Portland 2nd August


Here’s the route we’ve taken since leaving Portland.


Straight over to Mount Rainier via Mt St Helen’s.  Tried to freak Jane out by telling we were going to camp in the Mt St Helen’s crater.  She wasn’t biting.

We’ve had no internet since Portland.  Possibly the longest we’ve done without Wifi.  So much for WA state being the IT Capital of the US.

The roads around Mt Rainier would have been great for biking but they were a bit of a chore in the van.  Great views though and still plenty of snow on the top – probably why they’re called Glaciers.  Did one decent hike in the park to what we were told was a great view point.  Note to self – Avoid hikes to “View Points” They’re always uphill.  This one was 3-4kms at a constant 10-15% gradient and the view was crap.  Good exercise though – which I badly need (either that or Lipo).

Decided to head to somewhere east of Olympic NP for a few days.  We were assuming it should be a bit warmer there than in the park (370cm of rain per year).  Camped up alongside the Hood Canal (actually a very long inlet).  Most of the other campers were out collecting Oysters on the beach – there were loads of them (Oysters and campers).  We got excited about the prospect until it clicked that none of the four of us really liked them.  So why get wet?

We’ve now moved on and into the Olympic NP.  It’s meant to be the only Temperate Rain Forest in the world.  It looks the same as every other forest we’ve been to in the Northwest. 

I realised we had a Qrt of Tequila and Gin that we need to get through in the next couple of days Yahey!  G&Ts for herself and mine’s a tall Margarita.  Although I’m sure Ian & Mary will help if we don’t get through them 🙂

Snow on big mountain.  I didn’t take the van to the top of this one.

Downed tree in the Olympic NP campground.  Firewood perhaps?

Emma attacks a slightly smaler log

Evidence we are still travelling together