2004 Washington

Who: Anita, Charles, and Ray
Where: Union, WA
When: March, 2004
Comment: We went back to Washington in the spring of 2004 and stayed one night in Sequim at the Dungeness Bay Motel and two nights on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, at the Coupeville Inn . This time we were confronted by cold, wet reality: it rained almost continuously. That was enough for us to conclude that Washington was not in our future. Charles stayed on few more days for a meeting at Microsoft. Charles stayed on a few more days for a meeting at Microsoft in Redmond east of Seattle. Two of those days were beautiful -- warm and sunny. Charles and a colleague went up in the Space Needle to see the panoramic view of Seattle and the surrounding mountains. Someone asked the elevator operator there how often it was this clear. He replied, "About 50 days out of the year, which, if you do the math, is less than one day a week". Of course, the day Charles left it was raining again.

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A troll at Bandy's Troll Haven, between Port Townsend and Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. Note the rain.

The Space Needle from its base

View of downtown Seattle from the Space Needle