Death Valley—Day 2

  Starting the day in the ghost town of Rhyolite…

 

Salt Creek… fish in the desert!

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Mesquite Dunes…

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Barefoot in the rain in the desert!

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Lunch—last stop in the park…

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Driving home…

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Death Valley—Day 1

After a long drive Friday night, waking up Saturday in the desert!

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Searching for wildflowers!

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Liz’s photo…

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Grasses in the desert!

Sea of wildflowers…

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Water!

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Dante’s View…

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Day 17—Glacier to Chilliwack, BC

  Saying goodbye to our campsite in Glacier NP (Illecillewaet campground)…

And our neighbors with their ridiculous vehicle…

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Stopping at Rogers Pass in the heart of Glacier…

There use to be railroad tracks across these towers!!

…and through these trees!

Some mushroom shots…

Some bugs procreating…?

Hemlock Grove…

Driving past the 3 Valley Gap ‘Ghost Town’…

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Heading west…

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And then there was this time we almost ran out of gas…

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Thank goodness for Hope, BC…

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Exploring Canada’s national parks has been a real treat, and we really hope to be able to come back some day to see more of the same parks, and to explore new ones!

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Day 14—Columbia Icefield

Another very early morning, to drive up to Columbia Icefield, on the northern border of Banff National Park and southern border of Jasper National Park.

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Driving in a giant bus up to the icefield!
(look how steep that road is!)

Giant fissure!

So touristy… standing on Athabasca Glacier!

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Hazy day from the fires in the area… =/

Skywalk…

Yess construction!!

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Back at camp…

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Day 13—Lake Louise

Arriving early, to start the Plain of Six Glaciers hike…

Victoria Glacier…

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Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House!

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Avalanche!

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Walking toward the Lake Agnes tea house…

Made it to 1200 ft above Lake Louise (7000 ft elev), to the oldest tea house in Canada!

Gluten-free brownie…!

Mirror Lake and Big Beehive!

OMG imperial units in Canada!

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Descending back down to the Chateau Lake Louise…

Icelandic poppies…

Enjoying a dinner with a view…

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Lake Moraine at dusk…

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Driving back to camp at Johnston Canyon…

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Day 12—Banff National Park

Castle Mountain

Silverton Falls

The Cave… where Banff National Park and the Canadian National Park system began…

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Day 11—Kootenay and Canmore

After a lovely night in Windermere, we drove through British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park en route to Canmore, Alberta.

Young bighorn sheep…

Paint Pots Trail…

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Marble Canyon

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Arrived in Canmore (near Banff National Park)!

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View from dinner at the Iron Goat Pub & Grill…

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View from our motel room…

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Day 10—Driving to Windermere, BC

Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!

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Crossed into Canada!!

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Day 8—Highline Trail!

Starting off early….
Took the bus from Apgar to Logan Pass.

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Prairie dog?

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Mountain goats…

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Bighorn Sheep…

Marmot!

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Lunch break

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7.5 miles!

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Effects of the 2003 Trapper Creek Fire…

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11.6 miles—made it to The Loop!

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Day 7—Driving to Glacier

Northern Montana at daybreak…

Land of the free… (for sale)

Made it!

Sprague Creek Campground :)

Lake McDonald, just behind our campground…

Apgar Boat Dock on the south end of the lake…

FIrst time in a canoe!

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Trail of the Cedars…

            

 

Watching the sun set over Lake McDonald with some wedding mead.  :)

  

Goodnight Mr. Spider!

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Day 5—Dayton, Palouse Falls, Driving to Montana

Exploring the Dayton Depot…

Visiting Palouse Falls, the Washington state waterfall!

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Ran into Garrett in Spokane!  What a surprise!

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Entering the Idaho panhandle!

Entering Montana!

Made it to Quinn’s Hot Springs!

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Day 3—Crater Lake

Absolutely beautiful!  No filter!

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Annie Creek Canyon trail…

Driving the Rim…

Hanging out at Cleetwood Cove…

 

On a boat!  Learning about the caldera and its lake…

Devil’s backbone…

Pumice Castle…

My favorite: the Old Man of the Lake

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New Year Trains & Football!

Happy New Year breakfast and a puzzle!

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Getting on a train to Semmering!
Henning will tell you that this train trip is most important not for the destination, but rather for the ride… which traverses a portion of Austrian Alps via UNESCO World Heritage bridges and aqueducts!

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A historic train car!

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What awesome civil engineering feats!

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Semmering train station…

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Gasometer – 4 old giant gas tanks that were converted into residential and commercial space.  SO COOL!!

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Henning enjoying McDonald’s in Austria…

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McCafe’s lousy attempt at macarons (McCarons… get it?…)

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Attempting to watch the Rose Bowl game from Vienna…

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Success! 

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Dog in the bar!

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We lost the game, but we still love the Stanford football team!

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Melk & the Danube

Leaving beautiful Großgmain (Austria)!

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Always love seeing cranes, wherever we are on the road.  :)

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Overlooking Melk and its Benadictine Abbey (Stift Melk), one of the world’s most famous monasteries…

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Continuing to drive along the Danube…

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Old castle ruins…!!!!

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Construction crane even in these tiny towns!

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FINALLY found a place that was open for food!  (in Krems)

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And lots of food we were given…
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Randon really old stuff!

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Bye Krems!

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On to Vienna!

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Ravensburg to Grossgmain

Waking up in the Black Forest (Germany)!

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Personal breakfast set-up!

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On the road toward Salzburg (Austria)!

Train bridges!

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Detour to Ravensburg (home of Ravensburger Puzzles)!

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Accidentally ended up at the closed Ravensburg-land… oops!

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Finally found the town!
So many towers!

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THE tower?

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Found the puzzles!

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That’s a 32,000 piece puzzle…!

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Stopped for “coffee,” and ended up eating a full meal…

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Vegetable curry!!!

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Got a little distracted by the playground while walking back to the car…

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Back on the road—headed toward Salzburg!

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Alps!

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Stopping for the night in Großgmain, a tiny town 45 minutes from Salzburg.

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Happy campers in Hotel Vötterl!

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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WA Day 3! (…but really Canada)

Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!

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Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.  :)

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Thimbleberry!

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Detour totally worth it!

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Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…

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They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!

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Road Trip Day 4!!—Solvang

Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!

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Stopping by the Nature Center…

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In Solvang for the day…

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(The chocolate super melted btw…)

Back to the lake…

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Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
re-solidified chocolate…

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Driving Home

At Shasta Dam trying to get a view of Mt Shasta…

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Found a “Curvy Road Next 140 Miles” sign!

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Stopped by Jelly’s Ferry Bridge and the Sacramento River Bend for lunch…

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Saw the Sacred Stones project at the Abby of New Clairvaux in Vina… 800 year old Spanish gothic arches!!!

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And constant reminders on the drive home of why we love California, the Golden State…

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Lassen—Day 3

Starting the day off right with a hike up a volcano of black sand and gravel!

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An ominous dragon cloud… trying to blow us off the mountain…

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Made it!

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View of Butte Lake (where we started the hike) from the top…

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View of the Painted Dunes and the Fantastic Lava Beds!

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The crater at the center of the volcano
(Etay raising his arms)…!

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Pooped…

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Relaxing at Drakesbad Ranch for the evening.  :)

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Lassen—Day 2

Beautiful morning to kayak across Manzanita Lake…!

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Driving thru Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Hike out to Bumpass Hell :)

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Saw a little black bear on the drive back to camp!

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Fancy dinner and board games courtesy Greg and Erica!

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Jessie Messie

Jessie leaves tonight for her new job in New Zealand.  She wanted to see the California coast one more time, so Ricky and I took her out to Half Moon Bay.

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The fog is one of my favorite things about the Bay Area.

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Love Crystal Springs…

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Most of all, love my Jessie Messie!

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Seattle—Day 4!

View a few blocks down from Jim and Molly’s…

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Today’s adventure is over to Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula.
Just barely made the ferry!

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Bye Seattle…!

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…en route to Bainbridge…!

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Mountains surrounding the old Lake Morse…

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The gang—Molly, Henning, Jim, Patrick, Daniel…

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…and Stacey staying out of snowball range!

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The guys knocking over snow boulders…

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The view up at Hurricane Ridge…

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The trail we were planning to walk… under 6 ft of snow….!

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So we eventually headed to lower elevations and a walk through the forest.  (Yes, kicked that trail’s butt!)

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Seattle—Day 2!

What a beautiful day.  :)
Lunch with Dan and Henning at Gas Works!

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Relaxing at the Fremont Brewing Company

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The Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge…

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Nice surprises around the Univ of Washington campus…
(check out the clear view of Mount Rainier!  …and the boba outfit!)

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Portland–Day 1–Train!

Woke up this morning on a train en route to Portland.

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Sunrise by Mount Shasta…

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…plenty of legroom… thanks Amtrak!

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…breakfast in the dining car…

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…hanging out in the parlor car…

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…great views…

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…what happens when Henning gets bored… jk…

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…entering Portland!…

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…Portland Union Station (PDX)…

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…Henning being baller…

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…Tri-Met light rail!…

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…free public transportation!…

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…checking out where Amanda works…

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…future art gallery in the making!…

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Queen of Sheba Ethiopian food.  I had been dying to go back to this place, and it was VERY WORTH IT!…

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Mmmm!  Loving this city.

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