Sunday, November 18, 2012

a Trip to the US of PAE, part 2

After 2 wet and windy Boat Show Days in Fort Lauderdale, we jumped into a car and drove down to Sunny Miami.
And sunny it was!
 Miss Sandy wasn't interested in these beaches anymore.
(btw, to the North you can still see her outer cloud cover area).

 Blue Sky and..

....Culture Shock.
It's all so different from what we're used to here in Nippon....

But, it's nice and relaxing at this chill-out bar-restaurant.

Driving unknown roads in this part of the world is a charm.
At least all the signs are clear and readable 
AND they use the right-side of the road.
Sadly the trip to Miami was the end of our Florida Research.. 

Our next stop in the US of PAE was....???

Yep, you are right.
 Seattle in autumn colors.
What a climate and attitude change.
Great and friendly airport officials...
But brrr, it was so cold after Florida.

No Joke: when we were flying out of Fort Lauderdale, we were pushed (more or less) into the airplane as it wanted to leave 10 minutes ahead of schedule ( they needed the plane later on for a last minute dash towards Sandy Country in the NE). Anyway, we did leave ahead of time, arrived 15 minutes early in Houston ( for our transfer).... taxied to the gate...AND.....then got stuck for 40 minutes! (as the gate couldn't reach the airplane) So we had to taxi again to an other gate got out of the plane 50 minutes behind schedule!!
Was Houston ever in charge of  flying people to the moon?

So Seattle...

Things to do while in Seattle...
Share a good meal of sushi's with Dave and Marcia.

First time we had met D & M was in Fukuoka (1989-90) when they had sailed to Japan on board their
sailing yacht Manana.
Next time we had met was in Malaysia (2008).
And now again, here, as they are temporary landlocked.

We were told that Seattle is famous for
 little sunshine and lots of rain.
Well for us the days were.... 
Mostly Sunshine!

Even had time for some touristic do-do's.

At the locks of Lake Union, Seattle.

.....and getting the feeling of walking at a
 Boat Show 50 years ago.

More to follow.