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San Francisco - Vancouver

Due North

Good Morning San Francisco. Good bye Hyundai. It is a little sad that we never really got round to naming our car properly - it just wasn't that kind of relationship. To put the cherry on the cake of this particular road trip, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge (twice) before checking in our train luggage and handing our car back in Downtown. For the record: 1853 miles in ten days, not bad.

With several hours to burn we hit the shops, wondered the streets and stopped in for a beer or two at The Rogue. Katie is not a fan of beer:




As darkness fell we tottered on down to the dockside and ambled along the piers to find our bus to the station. We boarded at Oakland and set off, on time, for our epic 22hr journey north to Seattle. We managed to catch a bit of sleep and after a breakfast of flapjack and microwave pizza headed to the lounge car which has a glass viewing gallery on the top deck.



Shortly after crossing the state line between California and Oregon we picked up three volunteers from the museum service, Bob, Richard and Dave. This trio provided live commentary on the surrounding countryside, wildlife and local history as we crossed the state from south to north, enlightening us with facts such as: "We are now passing a water tower on our left, there used to be three three water towers" and "If you look out of the train on our right we will shortly be passing a big rock" (Thanks Dick). In all fairness they were great fun and offered a fab service that killed a few hours.

On our right we have a volcano....

On our left we have some trees (and 'Root Beer' falls if you look closely!)...

On our right again we have snow...

Finally, 23 hours later we pulled in to Seattle, glad we had chosen to stay the night and not endure another four hours on the bus to Vancouver.

After a pleasant though short sleep, and feeling suitably grungy from 8 hours in Seattle, we headed back to the station for our final journey up to Vancouver on Amtrak Cascades. Again a beautiful train ride up the coast which we did our best to appreciate despite being absolutely knackered.

Mid-morning in the pouring rain we rolled into Pacific Central and were greeted by Aileen and Stuart, Katie's Aunt and Uncle. They took us to their beautiful house in North Vancouver which overlooks a big stretch of water to the forests beyond. Apparently the odd Orca can be spotted now and again. Katie got hugely excited about the news that Bears often come into the back garden to steal the raspberries. We haven't seen any yet but fingers crossed.

Next day Aileen took us to a local park where the star attraction is a massive 'Temple of Doom' style suspension bridge:


It was high:


We then spent the afternoon in Downtown Vancouver shopping for belts and other exciting things like that...


Tomorrow we head off for a couple of days to a little town called Whistler where the Winter Olympics were held a few months back...

Posted by tomkat2010 11:37 Archived in Canada

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