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Canada, Eh?

overcast 67 °F

Since we have wifi here at our campground, I will be able to keep up with the blog for the next 4 days, anyway.

We had a short drive from Everett to Surry, British Columbia, Canada, only 95 miles.
Welcome to British Columbia, Canada

Welcome to British Columbia, Canada

Bob and Shirley followed us in their big honkin' dually.
Bob and Shirley's site

Bob and Shirley's site

It was easy and uneventful! Even the border crossing was easy and uneventful!
Our campsite

Our campsite

Our campground is only 2.5 miles from the border. This is the farthest north we are going to take the campers. Any other northern travels will be part of our Alaska Cruise Tour.
Since it was lunch time when we arrived, we set up and headed into White Rock.
White Rock

White Rock

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

It is a cute little town right on the water with a multitude of little restaurants along Marine Street. We chose one and had a great lunch made by Eddie.
White Rock Pier

White Rock Pier

White Rock Pier

White Rock Pier

Waterfront

Waterfront

Waterfront

Waterfront

Totems

Totems

After lunch we walked along the waterfront path to the town pier and back.
Since we are at a real campground, we are able to have a campfire, so we did!
For the first time in a long time, we are not having sun! It has been cloudy for most of the day, with the sun peeking out while we were in White Rock. High of only 67!

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No snow!

Snohomish!

sunny 75 °F

We went our separate ways to church this morning and Bob and Shirley met up with their nephew for brunch.
After we all got back we got together and went biking.
Downtown Snohomish

Downtown Snohomish

The trail was in the cute, little town of Snohomish.
Bob, Don and Shirley

Bob, Don and Shirley

The Centennial Trail in Snohomish, WA is a rail trail, nice and wide and flat.
Beautiful!

Beautiful!

We ended up riding 12 miles once we finally found the trail. It was beautiful afternoon for riding and very pretty scenery, as well. After riding, we were hungry and, to quote another friend, "Ya gotta eat!", so we went to a Mexican restaurant right on the Snohomish River. It was so nice to be able to eat outside and watch the fishermen. The number of people fishing today on the river was amazing! They were in boats and on the banks, and they were catching fish!
Another beautiful day, high in the 70s, sunny.

I forgot to mention that we are heading into Canada today for the next 8 days, so there probably will not be any blog entries until we return to the States.

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Got crabs?

We didn't ;(

sunny 77 °F

Another busy day for us today. The four of us went to the Boeing Factory Tour in Everett this morning.
Boeing Factory tour

Boeing Factory tour

The tour was 90 minutes long and really well done. (Collins and Justin, we did learn things, but promptly forgot them.)
New Planes at Boeing

New Planes at Boeing

We actually got to go and watch the workers putting the planes together!
The factory

The factory

The building in Everett is the largest per square foot building in the world! It is even in the Guinness Book of World Records. They are in the process of building a new plane, the 787, that is not built of aluminum, but of a polymer composite material. This material is lighter than aluminum, won't rust and is stronger than steel. They work at this plant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
After lunch we went crabbing! Our friends in New Hartford have a daughter and her family right here in Everett.
Crabbing with the Rozboras

Crabbing with the Rozboras

They were gracious enough to take us our on their boat for some fishing and crabbing. Unfortunately, the water was quite choppy, so we were not able to stay out too long.
Jeanne and Derek on board.

Jeanne and Derek on board.

We put out 3 crab pots, but did not bring up any crabs that were big enough to keep. No fish, either ;( After we returned they invited us to their house for a delicious dinner.
Ah, to be a harbor seal!

Ah, to be a harbor seal!

We did spy 2 large harbor seals sunning themselves on a buoy. We had a wonderful day, not a crabby one!
The weather was beautiful, temps in the mid 70s and sunny.

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The Emerald City

Not Oz!

sunny 78 °F

Today was a busy day. The four of us, Bob, Shirley, Don and I, made great use of Seattle's mass transit systems. We took two different buses to get into Seattle, and we didn't even get lost! Our first stop was the Post Office to pick up our mail. Guess what?! It hadn't come yet. Gee, they only sent it out on the 18th, so why would we expect it by the 26th?
Pike Fish Market

Pike Fish Market

Next we found the famous Pike Street Market. It is the oldest Farmers Market in the United States. What a fun place that is!
Fish anyone?

Fish anyone?

You can buy fish, flowers, jewelry, baked goods, scarves, ice cream and so much more! It reminded us of an oversized Quincy Market in Boston. The market is right near the water, so we wandered along the waterfront. There were cruise ships, ferries and many other kinds of watercraft to watch while walking.
Lunch on the water

Lunch on the water

A restaurant had been recommended to Bob and Shirley and we had lunch there. It is Elliot's, right on the water, and we ate a delicious lunch outside.
Next came a ride on the monorail!
Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

No, we are not back at Disney, Seattle has it's own monorail from the 1962 World's Fair. It only goes from downtown to Seattle Center, where you can find the Space Needle.
View from the top of the Needle

View from the top of the Needle

So it was up in the Space Needle for fabulous views of the city, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier. On a really clear day you can see the Canadian Rockies and Mt. St. Helens!
The only other thing we all really wanted to do was a tour of the city. We found the Tour bus that does the hop on-hop off tour and asked about tickets. The young man told us that because it was getting late in the day we could just get on for FREE! So we DID! We rode around many other parts of the city and learned all kinds of stuff. Did you know that there is an underground section of Seattle because after the city burned down they decided to build it up higher. All they did was build the buildings on top of the old ones, with all of them underneath. You can take a tour of the underground and hear lots of creepy stories, also. Seattle is called the Emerald City due to the fact that tens of thousands of trees were brought in to make the city green. After this long and busy day we took another form of transportation back to Everett, the train. What a wonderful ride that was, right along the water. The train was clean and quiet and you could hear the conductor's announcements clearly! It was a great way to end our day in Seattle.
The weather was beautiful with temps in the high 70s and sunny!

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Reunion!

sunny 81 °F

Today we only had a short drive to Everett. Our friends, Bob and Shirley arrived shortly after we did and we all got set up. The funny thing is that the last day we had spent with them in May was their 38th anniversary and today is our 38th anniversary! Cool, huh?
Our campsite

Our campsite

The campground is a nice, city type campground in Everett. So we had lunch and then Shirley had to go to Urgent Care (her third time) because she had an infected bug bite. Unfortunately for her, it took a lot of the afternoon. That meant that I had the company of the boys all to myself!!
Lucky me :)
Don and I, Bob and Shirley

Don and I, Bob and Shirley

We went to Famous Dave's BBQ for our anniversary dinner and had a great time.
It was a beautiful day, high 81 and sunny!

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