7 August 2022

Big Door Winery

Went to Big Door Winery for the first time. It is set up very beautifully with artificial waterfalls and bridges amidst the vineyards. One downside though is that it is not pet friendly. So, we landed up sitting in the shade of a tree nearby and had their wine. It was a super hot day to sit outside.

17 July 2022

Gorgeous Columbia River

Beautiful view of the largest river in the Northwest from the airplane. As best as I can tell, that angular dam in the middle of the picture, is the Rocky Reach Dam – famous for being the first dam to be designed to let young fish have a bypass to find their way to the ocean.

17 July 2022

What the Travel Gods giveth with one hand…

… they taketh away with the other.

After 2 not-so-happy experience with rental cars this week, the third one – where I switched from Avis to Hertz – worked like a charm.

But then again, the flight karma caught up with me in the fifth and last fight for the week. Switched from Delta to Alaska airlines and promptly had a mechanical problem in Seattle!

3 hours later we are threatening to re-board in a new plane.

Let’s see where this one ends up!

16 July 2022

Never seen this concept before

A hot tub boat!

The lower picture is from a boat in Lake Union (Seattle). Note the small boat just to right of the edge of the boom.

The upper picture is magnified (poor quality picture due to the distance and cloudy Seattle weather).

It is basically a floating hot tub! Not sure what the fuel is but you can see the chimney and it was emitting very light dark smoke. People were just floating away in their hot tubs surrounded by the 64 degree cold water of Lake Union!

13 July 2022

Where did the ice go?

That is the mark of classy bar. The ice has not an iota of trapped air in it – making it completely transparent inside the drink. The branding of the restaurant name – RPM – on top was a nice touch too.

Oh! The Old Fashioned was nothing to scoff at either!!

13 July 2022

You see the problem?

Somehow, the systems in Avis did not think so.

This was a bad Avis karma week for me. At Charlotte, instead of walking into a car, I had to wait in a queue 32 people strong – that too in the preferred center! The normal Avis line had way more. Ultimately decided on Uber.

And then faced the above fiasco in Chicago the next day. Again had to wait in a queue to get it resolved.

I am sure, by now, you have spotted the problem.