July 22, 2017
On this morning’s walk along the waterfront park there were several cruise ships docked, and as I’ve said, they seem to come and go without much detection. The waterfront is a busy place, nautically speaking, and because of the geography the Pacific coast is actually about 150 miles (240 km) away from this place. Even the big container ships, pulled and guided by tug boats, glide past without much noise.
Harbor cruise boats and sailboats of all sizes are normal sights in the harbor from our hotel. Further down the street is the Seattle Aquarium, a big Ferris wheel, and plenty of places to find something good to eat. The traffic on the waterfront’s street seems to be in a state of perpetual congestion, although the drivers seem to be civil to one another and to the hundreds of pedestrians who are all looking for something in particular along the waterfront.
Tomorrow we travel back home. Pius has a long flight to Frankfurt, Germany, a four hour layover, followed by a flight to Zurich, Switzerland, and ending with a two hour drive back to Schatzalp. Crossing nine time zones is something that he is familiar with, but still it is sleep that needs the immediate attention. Within a few mornings of his arrival in the mountains back at Schatzalp the temperature for him was 32 degrees (0 C) and a little bit of snow.
Here is his report: “Der April macht was er will” (means something like “April does what it wants”), a saying that we have in German about the weather in April. “But we have August. You see, April even renamed itself”.
My flight is not quite so romantic, but sleep is not an issue. First to Spokane, Washington, then Minneapolis, Minnesota with a speedy 30 minute layover, and on to Grand Rapids, Michigan with a two hour drive home to Bristol, Indiana. Our temperature is warm, but not like the 110 degrees (43.3 C) in California.
It was nice for us cousins to spend time together driving (and driving) and discovering sights, some of which neither of us had seen before. Nothing can replace the conversation and camaraderie along the way, which was easily as magnificent as the scenery.
Bis zum nächsten abenteuer…
Until the next adventure…