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Packwood - Day 1 Saturday July 23

Travel Day


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Before we begin our trip narrative, I need to acknowledge and thank Jan Gabin, the brother of my dear friend, Amy Beitman. Jan was a true traveller, a man who loved to venture off the beaten path and revel in the natural beauty of this country. When he retired, he moved from the East Coast and made the Pacific Northwest (PNW) his home. When Jan heard about our upcoming visit from Amy, he offered his planning assistance, and was so generous with sharing his expertise with us through emails, phone calls, and an unexpected gift of some of his guide books. Jan helped us to put together our PNW itinerary, always reminding us to wander at whim and savor the experience. His fingerprints are on each step, and his generous spirit will accompany us every day. Rest In Peace, friend.

And now...north to Alaska! Fortunately, our PHL morning airport experience did not match the airport horror stories that have been covered on the nightly news, and we had plenty of time to spare to enjoy Le Colombe coffee before boarding our first flight of the day. Granted, this is not an exciting travel moment, but we figured that we might come up short on photos today, so this will keep my tech guy busy.

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Our flight to Dallas arrived 30 minutes early, and our "tight" connection to Seattle wasn't; we had a two hour layover instead of 49 minutes. This allowed me to hobble to the next terminal at a more leisurely pace, with enough time for lunch and Charlie's first beer.

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When our second flight delay was announced, I decided to do a little shopping. I know you all will appreciate how hard it was for me to resist purchasing this merchandise. Not.

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We finally landed safely in Seattle and our luggage arrived undamaged, which we consider a total win. The standing room only ride to the car rental facility (AKA Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) was a challenge with yesterday's injury...but we were on the road in our Avis Honda Accord by 5 PM, headed to the Packwood Lodge.

Imagine our excitement when we got our first glimpses of Mt. Rainier. Majestic, massive, and marvelous to behold!

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The ride to our lodging took about two hours, and we made a few "scenic vista" stops along the way. The forest here is lush and reminds me of "Twin Peaks." Yes, there is still some snow here.

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We were able to get a closer view of Rainier and the glaciers.

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Here is our clean and rustic room at the lodge. There is not much lodging around here (although many campsites) and every one had a NO VACANCY sign posted. We were grateful to have reservations!

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Packwood has four restaurants, and we chose this one for our very late supper. When the jukebox played Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" at least half the patrons erupted into song...it must be the "Sweet Caroline" of the PNW.

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We couldn't resist following these jaywalking elk for a photo shot from the car. Not ideal photos as this buck started to head for the car and I had no desire to tempt fate.

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Our collapse in the bed at 10:30 PST made for a very long day.

Photos are tagged Alaska and Mt Rainier

Posted by Cybercsp 13:44 Archived in USA Tagged alaska mt_rainier

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