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Our latest adventure

Our next adventure after Seattle Washington was a ten day trip to Maui Hawaii.
I had no idea what to expect when it came to a long flight, or an airplane bathroom.
(very tiny and very scary)
The plane ride from Portland Oregon to Maui is five and a half hours long.
It sounds like not much but when you are in a seat cramped together it is very challenging experience.
We took our daughter and her three daughters so we had new travelers who had never been in a plane.
The take off is always scary and I almost had a panic attack, it felt like we went from a mild float to a upturned roar, I kept telling myself to breathe.
The pilot did say we were at thirty four thousand feet high and going at a speed of five hundred miles an hour.
(e-gads did he really say that?)
After we landed a very bumpy landing we hurried to get a rental family van so we could travel comfortably.
Our place we rented was found on VRBO vacation rentals by owner, which basically means it’s not a motel/hotel it’s a condo that is owned by someone.
Much nicer experience and more like a home setting. We had a two bedroom two bathroom with a hide a bed in the living room so it comfortably slept six.
It was about a thousand square feet with plenty of room and a lanai (patio) and two pools. Plus we were very close to the beach. The kitchen and bathrooms were stocked well with assorted items. We provided our own food.

In this new experience of Hawaiian life, we discovered many little gecko’s running around the sidewalks or outside walls of the units.
They were very small about five inches long and they moved very fast.

The next morning we woke up to tropical breezes and bird sounds. I miss the birds. They were amazing.
Some sounded like our ‘mourning dove sounds’ and others were very different.
We had a vacation to conquer in a short amount of time.
It was fun to explore and discover new areas of the island, oh and of course the food was wonderful.

Continuing our Seattle trip

The next adventure we did was near the space needle inside a very unique museum.
The Chihuly glass museum and gardens. It’s really hard to explain the beauty of the blown glass.
Unless one is there in person it is just not easy to describe or even photograph.

The weather was amazing and we looked inside and outside admiring the detail and beauty of the glass.
In the bright lighting the glass takes on it’s own presentation and beauty.
The ceiling was amazing… glass in lighting and the beauty is just breath taking. You really cannot imagine the beauty from these pictures.
As we walked and observed it was clear these were not only beautiful but also very expensive.
This one looked like birds near the waters edge, it was completely mind blowing to see the intricate details of this glass.
Glass upon glass creating an illusion of reflection and fragility. The colors were stunning.
Large beautiful hanging glass fixtures, reflecting light and color and detail and amazing art work.
I could not keep my eyes off these beautiful works of art, the colors were bright and surreal.
The pictures do not show the beauty in the way a real life walk through tour does.
Dainty cups of flower forms, fragile and awe struck color.
Such beauty and delicate glass.
Such unique display of color.
Inside the museum and also outside the glass was amazing.
I think this was my favorite part of our Seattle tour, it was something one does not see in a life time and something with great history too.
The artist was very talented and the price tag on those displays were in the thousands. I wanted to purchase a little dish for my home.
Yeah that didn’t happen.
I would definitely recommend this outing to any one who is wanting to see something unique and beautiful.

More of Seattle

Our next adventure was a visit to the space needle.
I do not like heights and was not sure about going near it. We rode the city tram to get there.
It was like a mini train so we did sort of get a train ride on this adventure of ours.
Each of us had a bit of anticipation as to what we would observe and be a part of, and of course downtown Seattle has an assortment of people surrounding you as you walk the streets.
In order for me to go near the space needle I kept reminding myself of my best friends words, “there are worse ways to die.” Yes there are I think.This is what the tram looked like, a small compact train.
The space needle is very pretty and also amazing and full of history as you enter the inside walls.
It is very tall and amazing to look at. The engineering part of it was hard to imagine.
We went into the internal part of it and of course there were gift shops and restaurants and one could eat on the top of it in a very expensive restaurant or buy snacks in the mini shops.
In order to get to the top they have elevators and they really pack them in, I had to ‘breathe’ so I could relax.
Way too many people shoved into a small space but the time from bottom to top was about 20 seconds.
I kept thinking of the movie sleepless in Seattle and could not imagine a small boy alone in there.
I did not go out on the outer view point.
It overlooks the city, the water and the beautiful skyline of the city.
I loved watching the boats in the river and I did walk around the internal circle just not outside.
Everywhere you look there are large massive buildings and a great amount of noise from construction crews.
When looking out  I was amazed the top was only protected by a partial wired wall.
One thing I did appreciate was the fact that you could not go into the space needle without having your bags checked.
The guys had to relinquish their pocket knives and anything else that could be dangerous.
They did have guards who were on each level for safety purposes too.
We can now take this off our bucket list. Been there, done that don’t need to go back again.
I would like to go up north to the islands and ride a boat or ferry.

More of Seattle

The first full day of exploring began with the aquarium.
The day was sunny and we got there a little bit after it opened.
I really enjoyed the displays and the assorted fish and sea creatures in a natural habitat setting.





I didn’t realize there are two kinds of divers. One for cold water diving and one for warm water diving.
They had divers inside the aquariums cleaning and maintaining the displays.
It was really fun to watch them sometimes they even waved at us.
The water front was also a favorite of mine. The weather was perfect after many days of rain. We were so glad we got there early as the morning moved near the noon time we were noticing many school children coming in, by the time we left there were probably over a hundred little people in there. It was definitely time for us to leave.

 

Our Seattle trip

The original plan was to head to Seattle for our brother in law’s birthday by train.
He wanted to do the Amtrak train ride and experience traveling that way without a car.
About 24 hours before leaving we were told they had a landslide on the tracks and we couldn’t go.
So refunds were given and we drove their car to our ‘destinations.’
The traffic was horrible, and very fast I had to work really hard at not being too nervous.
Our condo was very nice on the 7th floor. In the middle of the downtown district.

this is looking to the left of our room.

This was in front of our window

this was to our right at night.


this was also to our right.

this was a dome that was being built by Amazon the daytime picture.

Every where you look there were big tall buildings and the noise of the city.
There were very few moments of quiet, sirens and tall buildings were the main part of staying downtown.
We stayed at the same condo which was also home for many people, for four days.
The room was very clean and very nice.
Our first day was full of driving, it took about 4 hours to drive from our town to downtown Seattle.
The next day we saw the aquarium, the Space needle and Chihuly gardens and glass museum.
The adventure continues as I show you the pictures.