Monday, August 6, 2018

Vacation Pictures, Part I

Seems I needed a blogging break from my vacation. Or actually, I was just busy getting the old house empty. Which it is. FINALLY! Now the fixing up begins. Old house already has a new roof (got it while we were on vacation—looks nice!) and Hubby and Son fixed the ceiling tiles in the basement. Next, the basement guy will come in sometime next week and fix the two leaks (for a lot less than we anticipated—whew!). We’re still waiting on the quote from the painter guy, but I’m determined NOT to faint at the price.

Although, I probably will.

After the painting, I think we get the carpet and tile installed (still have to pick what we’re gonna buy), followed by a good cleaning. At least, I think that’s the order. I’m so confused, but sooooo glad we don’t have to do anything anymore with that house. Well, except pull out the checkbook.


Anyway… I will not bombard you with pictures from the entire vacation in one post. I figure I’ll post pictures from our trip to Seattle today, pictures from the cruise on Friday (because I actually have a book to report on Wednesday), and then pictures from our trip home next Monday. Sound good?

You know those signs on the highway that state there's a historic marker? We decided to stop at this one. Located near Laramie, WY, this tree has been growing out of this rock for over a century. I don't know if you can read the plaque (below), but it was discovered when they were building the railroads back in the 1800s.

Travel on the road and you come across some interesting features, like this unicorn on a bike. Best part? The owner is from the Cincinnati area! We ran into him in Wyoming.

Hubby had never seen The Great Salt Lake. He was very surprised at how LARGE it is. I don't believe we were at the site where they do most of the swimming (if that even exists anymore), but there were some people who had walked out into the water. I wasn't about to do that (experiencing that at 13 is probably a much better memory).
 Another shot of the lake.

This was also taken at the lake. This electrical box and light pole is covered in webs AND spiders. BIG spiders, as you can see all the dots from this distance. Ugh!!!

Saw a sign in Idaho (I believe) that said Vista Point. Wasn't much, but hey, had to take a picture!

I would have LOVED to have taken pictures during my drive through Oregon, but I was driving and Hubby was sleeping (and it was kind of a windy road). I was really surprised at the LACK of trees. That was until I crossed over the mountain range. Ahhh, there was the green I remembered.

We weren't sure we'd make it into Seattle the day before we embarked on our cruise, but got into town early enough to do some sight-seeing (and a lot of walking). All the time I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA and visited Seattle, I had never gone up the Space Needle. I rectified that this time.

Took this from the top of the Space Needle. You can see Mt. Ranier in the distance.
Hubby wanted to check out the Public Market Center. Unfortunately, most of the stores were closed when we got there. I remember it differently back in the 70s, though. Nothing is how we remember, though, is it?

Taken from the Public Market Center. No, I didn't ride the Ferris Wheel. Figured they'd want a fortune for it anyway.

So… Did you miss me? Never mind. Don’t answer that. Of course you did! J

Happy Monday!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What a great trip! Sorry the markets were closed in Seattle.
Glad the house is finally empty.
Welcome back!

JeffO said...

Welcome back! Doesn't it seem a shame to put so much work (and money) into a house just to sell it? Makes a huge difference in price, though. Looks like a great part I of your trip, can't wait to see more!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - I'm glad the house is empty, too! Boy, am I glad!!

Jeff - I want to put a big price tag on the selling price of the house now and let someone talk us down. Houses are going quick here, so I have a feeling we can do that. Especially since it'll be move-in ready!

Maria Zannini said...

I did miss you! It sounds like you had a fantastic trip though. I love the pictures you posted.

I've always wanted to see Salt Lake. Someday!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Awww, thank you! I missed checking out all the blogs, too.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Of course we missed you!

Thanks for sharing the pics - I'd love to take a drive across the US like that some day. Good luck finishing up on the old house - we need to start working on fixes for ours soon. And congrats on emptying it! That's one task I'm not looking forward to.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - You don't know how happy I was when we carried the last of the stuff out!!! Of course, we then turned around and carried stuff back in (to fix it up), but that stuff ain't coming to the new house. :)