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  • Leavenworth to Vancouver

    I drove from Leavenworth to Vancouver today: about five hours, through beautiful mountain passes, along the sides of immense lakes and past frozen waterfalls. And down the high occupancy vehicle lane of the freeway through Seattle, revelling in the clear space put in front of me because I’d installed my wife and child in the […]

  • Leavenworth in winter

    One of the great things about Leavenworth is that it’s a small town. There’s not that much to do here in winter, especially if you have unsuitable clothes and it’s cold outside. Once you’ve been through the gamut of shops selling alternately Bavarian- and Seattle Seahawks-themed tat, and the proprietor of the motel you’re staying […]

  • Surprise in Leavenworth

    I got up early on my birthday and went out to buy doughnuts, an epic journey through the freezing streets of Seattle. I left wife and child sound asleep: after the previous night, where hostilities only abated at six in the morning, it was crucial to let them sleep. I peered in at about ten, […]

  • Aqua

    After work this evening, we went to Aqua, a posh seafood restaurant in Seattle on the waterfront. There’s a big bar there, and the rest of the restaurant is a noisy room with a piano near the entrance, the pianist playing a succession of Seattle songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit in a lounge stylee. […]

  • Extended Stay, Bellevue

    We’re staying this week at the Extended Stay in Bellevue; it’s on the opposite side of the freeway to the office, and is quite different to the other places we’ve stayed so far. (To recap: so far this trip we’ve stayed at the Red Lion, Bellevue, in a Bavarian-themed motel and in a tent, so […]

  • Exhausted by it all

    I was very surprised this morning when we all woke up at 7:30, having slept through the night uninterrupted. Our child has always woken up to remonstrate with us, but for the first time, in a noisy tent with the wind blowing, she slept soundly, undaunted by the Great Outdoors. If only we could have […]

  • More Germans, then tents

    This morning the sun came up at five, so that was when the family got up and went out for the day. We walked around Leavenworth, along the waterfront path and thus to Starbucks, which, disappointingly, despite the Bavarian decor outside, had no special German food on the menu, not even a Blackforest Gateau Latte […]

  • Snoqualmie and Leavenworth

    After yesterday’s grumpy taxi driver, I was pleased to meet with a very friendly Hertz rep when I went to pick up the hire car. Perhaps he was so happy because he upsold me to a larger car (a Toyota Camry) or to buy oodles of insurance. Still, as we have so much luggage I […]