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Road Trippin' Across the USA

(sing it to that old 'Star Trekkin' song and you'll always be thinking of us!!)

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So after a fun day at the Boeing factory we finally 'turned right' to begin actually crossing the USA on our road trip, making a change from driving north up the west coast which is what we'd done up until then. We were on the road for just a couple of hours before stopping overnight at Leavenworth (still in Washington State), which is an Alpine/Bavarian themed village in the mountains east of Seattle. It was very quaint and actually did remind us of staying in Switzerland last year!

Pension Anna Hotel, where we stayed for one night in Leavenworth, WA

Pension Anna Hotel, where we stayed for one night in Leavenworth, WA

From there we headed to Boise, Idaho. Thursday was the day we were in three US States (Washington, Oregon for a little bit as we motored along I-84, then Idaho).

The scenery is amazing, but the sky and landscapes are so vast that I didn't feel I could do it any justice with the camera. We just kept our eyes open and will remember the vastness!

I have to admit that I've been looking out for the tractors, combine harvesters and cows in the (huge!) fields along the roadside - you can take the girl off the farm, and all that!

Paul had a little issue with the speed limit being somewhat lower in Oregon - perhaps a story for him to tell over dinner when back in the UK rather than for me to detail here (save to say that there's at least one Oregon man who looks good in uniform!!).

Boise Hotel View

Boise Hotel View

Today we left Boise at 10am and arrived here in Jackson, Wyoming at about 5.30pm. We passed places called Paradise Valley, Magic Valley, Bliss and Rupert, and again the scenery was grand. We've really enjoyed these last two days - the 850+ miles we've covered since Thursday morning has not felt like it at all. Don't worry, we have been driving safely and taking care ;o)

We have a few days to explore the Yellowstone National Park now, so hope to post photos of geysers and wildlife soon....

Posted by MrsB 22:53 Archived in USA Comments (2)

The Boeing Tour

I loved this!

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What can I say? We saw the new 787 'Dreamlifter', the 747-8, the 777 (including one for British Airways), and the 767 being built - all in the world's biggest building by volume. They don't allow cameras or electrical items of any kind on the tour itself, but there is a viewing gallery on top of the museum/shop building that gives a view across their runway to the factory itself and the newly built planes parked up awaiting delivery. Here are a few pics we took from that gallery:

Just as we got up to the viewing gallery a brand new plane on a test flight did a low 'aborted landing' pass over the runway (we think it was a 777 - but it could have been a 767). It was so new it still had it's factory green plastic coating on it! Paul got these couple of pics on his i-Phone as I was too slow getting my camera out of it's bag and switching it on - eek!

777 dropping in

777 dropping in

777 climbing out

777 climbing out

We then hung around for a while hoping that plane would do the same again, but alas no luck. So I took a few more pics from the 'Stratogallery'...

Paul at the Boeing factory tour (this was a close as we were allowed with cameras!)

Paul at the Boeing factory tour (this was a close as we were allowed with cameras!)

Boeing Factory - a little more detail

Boeing Factory - a little more detail

The front of the Boeing Factory taken with a zoom lens. Note the new 787 'Dreamliners' parked outside

The front of the Boeing Factory taken with a zoom lens. Note the new 787 'Dreamliners' parked outside

'Dreamlifter' - a modified 747 transporter for moving parts of the 787 to the factory

'Dreamlifter' - a modified 747 transporter for moving parts of the 787 to the factory

Posted by MrsB 22:51 Archived in USA Comments (1)

I liked...

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This place. OK, so it's true I'm officially a bit of a geek about planes!

Updated on Friday 1st October with some pics from my visit...

This building was the original factory used by William Boeing to build his first planes - in about 1916. It has been restored as part of the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field near Seattle:

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This 747 is the first 747 ever built - the first test flight was in February 1969:

The first 747 EVER !

The first 747 EVER !

This BA Concorde is the one that made the last ever Concorde passenger flight from London to New York. I always wondered what happened to this plane if it didn't fly back again! What it did was fly empty from New York to Seattle (setting a new trans-continental air speed record in the process) before taking it's place at this museum. I joked with the attendant that I had to travel from London to Seattle to finally get on Concorde!

Concorde - the one that flew the last trip from LHR to JFK

Concorde - the one that flew the last trip from LHR to JFK

Posted by MrsB 19:45 Archived in USA Comments (3)

I feel bad...

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OK I'm getting paranoid now that there is a secret fraternity of Seattle fans that will soon hack into this blog and post some protest comments to my earlier entry so I'll redress the balance by saying that staying here for 2 nights has been just awesome. This is a great hotel - the bath even fills from a spout in the ceiiling which I thought was cool.

Are we all happy now? :)

Posted by blandy75 19:19 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Pacific Northwest City Off

and the winner is.....

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Portland, OR by a long shot !

We're currently in Seattle, WA and frankly it is quite dull in comparison. Unless you are really interested in coffee (after all, Starbucks was founded here) that's pretty much it. I don't mean to offend anyone who likes Seattle but that is my view.

On the other hand, if you love planes, like Clare (are you spotting a theme here?) you will be uber excited about this which we are doing tomorrow.

I didn't even mention food on this entry - what a shock.

Original Starbucks...exciting? er, no.

Original Starbucks...exciting? er, no.

Posted by blandy75 18:18 Archived in USA Comments (3)

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