Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Traveling: Ocean Shores and Home
On Sunday afternoon, I left Seattle and headed out to the coast. I didn't exactly end up in the most beautiful coastal setting in Washington, I'm sure, but I did drive through some towns that were once quite prominent in the world of pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturing. Since that's what I write about professionally, it was interesting to put places with the mills and companies I've written about in the past.
My drive took me through Tacoma and past Olympia, the state capital. I drove through Aberdeen and Grays Harbor, but it was Ocean Shores where I ended up for the night. It was too late to take sunset pictures by the time I arrived, so I got up really early the next morning and snapped a couple of sunrise shots.
Then, it was back to the hotel to shower, pack, and head back up to Seattle for my flight home that afternoon. I arrived at SEA-TAC with plenty of time to spare only to learn my flight from Seattle to Baltimore with a connection through Denver had been canceled due to snow in Denver. Thankfully, United put me on an American Airlines flight and I was off. Before leaving SEA-TAC, I caught a couple of photos of a very fun art exhibit called "cloudsandclunkers" by the artist Peter Shelton.
My new flight plans included a layover in Dallas-Fort Worth. While waiting for my connection, I noticed this guy in our boarding area talking on the phone and using his computer. I needed to recharge the battery on my computer, so I sat across from him and snapped this photo of him using my PhotoBooth software on my Mac. This gentleman is Andrew Dan-Jumbo--TLC's DIY handyman for its home makeover shows.
Washington State (the "other" Washington, as we say here and as they say there about us) was a beautiful state. The people were friendly and polite, the scenery was breathtaking, the food was good--everything was a wonderful experience. My thanks to my friend, Alice, for the use of her house in Langley and to Maya, for being such a wonderful guide. I'll be back soon!
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08