Archive for August, 2013

Home, to Plattsburgh, to Manchester, NH

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

I'm at the Springhill Suites in Manchester, NH. I'll be renting a house in Hancock, Maine for the next four nights. It's a little north of Acadia National Park. In the past, I've never spent enough time in Acadia, and this is an opportunity to really explore it, as well ...

Last Day in the Seattle Area

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I began today by heading to Duke's Chowder House at Alki Beach, to meet a friend for lunch. After about two and a half hours of engaging conversation, I think we now know each other's life stories pretty well. It was the sort of interaction I wish didn't have to ...

Tukwila Washington, Etc.

Monday, August 12th, 2013

I'm in Tukwila, Washington… or Kent, depending on which sign I choose to believe. I choose Tukwila, because it sounds more exotic. This is my second of three mornings at the TownPlace by Marriott. When I saw the building's profile—and three shirtless guys wandering down the sidewalk—I thought "Okay, maybe ...

From Klamath to Portland, Via Crater Lake

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

I'm at the Candlewood Suites in Portland, again. I'll move on to the TownPlace Suites in Seattle tomorrow, and then back to the Candlewood for my last night in the northwest (Tuesday night). Last night, I was at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Note to self: don't ...

Muir Woods, Napa, and More

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I just had a beautiful California orange for breakfast. Notice, I said "beautiful" and not delicious. I've come to believe that Florida fruits are bred for taste, while California fruits are bred for beauty... and that THAT'S the real reason there are agricultural inspection stations near the Republic of California's ...

Springfield, Oregon to Castro Valley, California

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Castro Valley, just outside of San Francisco. The internet speed is 55/11, but the proxy settings are weird. It keeps going to an alternate "Click Here" page when I post on Facebook. Today's was a long drive, but it's only one of two planned marathon ...

Pacific Northwest Trip Day 2: Portland to Tacoma via Multnomah

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

I'm at the Candlewood Suites on Pacific Highway SW in Lakeland, Washington, near Tacoma. The internet speed is pretty good, about 16/8. Thursday night at the Candlewood in Portland, it was about 30/13… quite decent for a hotel. Here's the obligatory view out the window. In the first picture is ...

Pacific NW Trip, Day 1

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

I'm in Portland, Oregon. The 5 hour 45 minute flight turned into a 7 hour, sit-for-an-hour-or-more-and-then-flight. At DCA, we were told, one of the runways was closed due to weather. WTF? In any case, we eventually took off, and here I am, at the Candlewood Suites near the PI Airport. ...