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S: Seattle/Vancouver/Coeur d'Alene 2012

BC: Our second of two great father/daughter trips... May 2012


1: SEATTLE | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 2 MAY 2012 | washington

2: THE SPACE NEEDLE Located at the Seattle Center, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair. It stands 605 feet high and 138 feet wide, weighing 9,550 tons. Visitors reach the top in 41 seconds, traveling at 10 miles per hour. I'm sure this view would have been beautiful on a clear day, but we're in..... Seattle. Sun is a little hard to come by.

4: PIKE PLACE PUBLIC MARKET: The Soul of Seattle

6: Established in 1907, Pike Place Market has been internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market. It serves as home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and about 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units. "The Market," as known to the locals, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited tourist destinations.

7: THE BEGINNING OF STARBUCKS | Opening in 1971 in Pike Market, Starbucks began as a local coffee roaster and retailer. By the 1990s, Starbucks was opening a new store every workday, a pace that continued into the 2000s. This was, by far, the busiest Starbucks I've ever been in...

9: Although rainy, it was a great day of exploring. Seattle is an extremely hilly city, but had great architecture at every turn. Pike Place Market was my favorite part of Seattle, and likely Dad's too. It's Pittsburgh's Strip District multiplied a few times. There were rows upon rows of fresh seafood and produce, plus small shops and tables throughout the Market selling anything from jewelry, tea, textiles, books, artwork and more. No matter the time of day, there were people everywhere. We found a great place to grab a drink and fish sandwich that overlooked the wharf where we watched the barges go by.

11: THE MARKET A very lively, cultural mix of fresh produce and seafood, art, textiles, locals and tourists...

12: THE GUM WALL The Market Theater Gum Wall, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatresports began sticking gum to the wall. Theater workers scrapped gum off the walls twice before market officials deemed the wall a tourist attraction around 1999. It was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009, second to the Blarney Stone. What can I say? It was impressively disgusting...

13: PIKE BREWERY "So, Dad, want to get lunch?" "No. I'm not hungry.... but I found this brewery..." And that was it. We found our way into the Pike Brewery, which has become one of my favorite breweries yet. During my research of Seattle, I had come across Pike Brewery and hoped to find it; I had no idea that Dad would literally stumble across it. While we rarely find a beer we don't like, we both took to the Scottish-inspired "Kilt Lifter," a great red ale. The brewery had a great atmosphere to it - we ended up finding our way back to it for our last night in Seattle before coming home. We did visit the Pyramid Alehouse as well, but I think it's safe to say that Pike was our favorite. Pike Brewery was founded in 1989 by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. Charles, a craft beer pioneer, has been described as "a legend among beer enthusiasts." His love of beer builds the foundation upon which Pike Brewery is built.


17: VANCOUVER | british columbia | 4 MAY 2012

18: THE LONSDALE QUAY Market and Hotel This is where we stayed for our first night in Vancouver. The hotel was on the top floor of the public market, which featured local products, an international food market and specialty shops. The food market was pretty impressive with signature items from all over the world. You could find just about anything you could want. There were two levels of specialty stores located above in a circular layout. The hotel was actually a bit difficult to locate at first, as the building was so unexpected.

23: Vancouver is a beautiful city. Just about everywhere you looked, you got a view of modern buildings in front of a mountain range backdrop. We picked a great time of year to visit, as the gardens were in full bloom. The city obviously takes great pride in their presence, as the city was clean, but also very manicured throughout. Daffodils seemed a particularly popular choice, as they would found in flower beds throughout the city - between buildings, at intersections or simply along the sidewalk. I can honestly say that Vancouver was far more picturesque than I imagined going into this trip. We thought the people were very polite (particularly the guy at the Apple store that gave me a free, new charger for my laptop) and felt very comfortable as we walked around the city. I've learned that all cities have a feel to them. This one was very welcoming.

25: capilano bridge park | CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK 460 feet long and 230 feet high, the Capilano Suspension Bridge was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. It was originally made of hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks, and was replaced with a wire cable bridge in 1903. The bridge, completely rebuilt in 1956, is now recognized as one of Vancouver's largest and main attractions, drawing over 800,000 visitors per year. In May 2004, the park introduced its Treetops Adventure on the west side of the canyon, and in 2012, its newest attraction, The Cliffwalk, that follows a granite precipice along the river.

28: I couldn't help it. The first thing I did when I walked onto this bridge was jump up and down. I was right. It swayed. And with that said, it's amazing that at 3o years old, "the look" from one your parents can get you to stop what you're doing instantly. Dad was a small hero to quite a few nervous people at that moment!

29: SUSPENSION BRIDGE Minutes from downtown Vancouver, an exploration of a west coast forest over the Capilano river


33: THE CLIFFWALK A series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms, the Cliffwalk is suspended from the granite cliffside, following the cliff along the river. With only 16 anchor points in the cliff, the high and narrow walkway was primarily wooden floorboards, but also had glass in some parts, allowing you to look directly below, as you were suspended out from the cliff. The walkway was barely wide enough for two people to pass, if careful, and while it "dangled," it felt relatively stationary - unlike the suspension bridge that swayed as you crossed it.

35: THE TREETOPS ADVENTURE Dangling from one Douglas Fir to another, the Treetop Adventure offered a "squirrel's eye view" as your worked your way through a series of platforms and 17 suspended bridges. Using their own innovative system to create the park, there are no nails or bolts in the trees to suspend the bridges. In order to get to this section of the park, you had to cross the main suspension bridge.

41: Opened in 1888 by Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada, Stanley Park is a 1,001 acre urban park bordering downtown Vancouver. The park attracts more than 8 million visitors per year, including locals and tourists. A paved, 14 mile seawall path circles the park, which is used by approximately 2.5 million pedestrians, in-line skaters and cyclists per year. Much of the park remains forested with an estimated half million trees, some of which are 350 feet tall and up to hundreds of years old. | STANLEY PARK | vancouver

42: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA

44: We spent the majority of the day walking through Stanley Park, and I know that we only managed to see parts of it. There was a lot of activity going on everywhere we looked - sailboats in the marina, in-line skating, cycling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a cricket game... It would have been extremely easy to get lost, but at the same time, that's what made the park so enticing at the same time. We simply "explored" and walked toward anything we thought looked interesting. Another place that really emphasized springtime at its best, the gardens continued throughout every aspect of the park. Color was everywhere. The weather changed a bit throughout the day, but it was extremely comfortable for spending the day outside. It amazes me that a park this expansive can exist right in the middle of such a thriving city.

50: vancouver island | taking the ferry to

55: Vancouver Island is a lot a larger than either of us imagined. We expected to see much of it in a day trip and ended up being very wrong. Once we got off the ferry, we drove to Victoria, which ended up being just under 70 miles. Had we realized how large the island is, or how much there was to do on it, we would have stayed a night in Victoria. Known as the "City of Gardens," Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast.

58: I loved our time on the ferry. This was the largest that I've ever been on, with multiple levels of parking alone. The inside of the ferry had a cafeteria, stores and a few rooms of seating. The outside dock was windy, to say the least, and instantly dropped temperature noticeably. With small alcoves, you could stay outside and take in the views, while protected from the wind - or could easily see the views from the inside, as the seating areas were lined with windows. The ride back from Victoria was one of the best views I've even seen - watching the sunset on the water provided quite a few photos - particularly for the "camera obsessed" like myself. The trip itself was about an hour and a half long.

63: A PERFECT SUNSET: for the trip back to the mainland

68: The drive to Coeur d'Alene... was, by far, one of the most picturesque that I've seen. I took a ridiculous amount of photos along this drive, as we continued to be more and more fascinated by the landscape. Looks a bit chilly, doesn't it? It was a bit odd taking in these views and realizing it was actually 70 degrees outside. Driving through, it felt like we were driving forever. Uphill and winding, we wove our way through this mountain range, taking in the sights of snow... all to be surprised by what was to come on the other side of the mountains...

70: To say that the terrain changed from one side of the mountain to the other is a bit of an understatement. As snow-capped as it was on one side, it was just as dry on the other. Both sides contained unbelievable views and this side was certainly a shock after what we had just driven through. In all the traveling I've done, I've never seen such an immediate switch as I did here - and I'm not sure which side was more impressive. Notice our little friend at the bottom of the page. Thanks to a man in a group of tourists that stopped for photos, I knew about the snake before stepping on him. Dad seemed to think about taking the photo, but not to mention the snake being there.... imagine that. (Thank you again, random tourist....)

72: COEUR D'ALENE | idaho | 7 MAY 2012

73: Who knew?? Coeur d'Alene is a hidden gem. When Dad mentioned that he wanted to add Idaho to this trip, I thought - Sure. Why not? And with that, I pictured... absolutely nothing. I knew nothing about Idaho, other than they have potatoes. And while we drove through a lot of fantastic scenery, I had no idea what to expect here. We arrived later in the day, just as the sun was about to set and needless to say, we were hooked instantly. Coeur d'Alene has special meaning in our family as the place that inspired the name of our camp. Apparently, Dad's grandfather was here well before he bought our camp years ago. When looking for a place to purchase in Rockland, Pennsylvania, the area reminded him of his time in Coeur d'Alene. And now that I've been to both, I can honestly say.... that I don't get it. I wish camp looked like this!!

75: COEUR D'ALENE A Lakeside Playground

76: The Native American Indians lived for thousands of years in North Idaho as the Schee-Chu-Umsh. French explorers and fur traders arrived in the early 19th century and discovered the natural wealth of the area, but found the natives to be sharp traders. Because of their shrewd trading practices, they earned the name Coeur d’Alene, loosely translated to “heart of the awl”, a testimony to the tribe’s sharp negotiating skills.

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