Met two life long friends
16.05.2008 - 24.05.2008 20 °C
After Latin America I was sure looking forward to speaking English only, being able to cross the road in safety. Got all that in Seattle and later at Port Angeles.
Hotel Vintage Park was booked on Hotwire ... got a great deal it was really a boutique hotel with complimentary wine testing each night. I didn't see as much of Seattle as I should of feeling a bit jaded after all that travel so I just walked around the city and Pike St Market.
My friend Londi who I was visiting in Port Angeles alerted another Fotothinger Patrick in Seattle that I was visiting and I kindly got an invite to his bars. A nice Martini Bar called Tini Bigs and a sports bar next door.
Patrick was great and I had complimentary food & drinks. Very interesting to catch up for a few hours, here about his travels and tell him about mine.
Decided to take a bus to Port Angeles - three hours including a short ferry trip. The purpose of going to the Olympic Peninsula was to see a bit of the Park and meet two of my long term Fotothing friends Heather and Londi. I also got the chance later in the week to catch up with another FT'er Patrick.
I decided to economise a bit and spend the first 5 nights in a budget hotel and the last three in the flasher Red Lion. Londi would of put me up at her place I think if it wasn't for the fact a nephew was staying.
Port Angeles is a relatively conservative place I think, and therefore it is surprising that they were having a festival weekend for male cross-dressers, this led to a hilarious incident. Londi came around to pick me up at the motel for a get together at her home. Texts had been going back and forth about my arrival and she pulled up at the motel, I texted that I would be right down and at that same moment one of the uliest cross-dressers (bright red lipstick smeared on) you could hope to see was on the way down and heading right for Londis car eyeballing her. Londi freaked wondering what the hell had she got herself into and how the hell would she explain it to her husband Paul. The guy?? got into the car next door to Londi's and I came down a minute later to her relief ... plenty of jokes from this over the next week, I threatened to buy a dress and walk into their work as a joke.
Another thing that causes amusement was my accent, sometimes words got mis-translated. Rather than Heather hearing that I got something as a "present" she heard I got it in "prison" .. Londi had translated that right but knew Heather was struggling and played on it a bit .. asking me to repeat about the "prison" freaking Heather out.
So plenty of talking the first three nights, fun girls and we had a blast. Londi's hubbie Paul was do some shiftwork so didn't see as much of him but we seemed to get on when he was around.
A few sight seeing / photography expeditions were scheduled ... Londi tends to find things, at one unscheduled stop she found a small bag of weed discarded, "only in Forks" they say. Salt Creek, Rialto Beach, Elwha Valley, Port Townsend all on the agenda .. and Dungeness Spit with Patrick one day. The country reminded me of West Coast of South Island. Temperatures were a nice change from the heat of Mexico ... when the wind blows it certainly cools off a lot.People were very friendly and interested that someone from NZ would visit their "backwater"
Last night in PA was sad .. knowing it would be a heck of a long time (if ever) that I would see these two wonderful people again.Definitely good folk. Just sitting around shooting the breeze was fun. I learnt a hell of a lot about woman's toilet behaviour in an hour as the stories flowed !!!!
The flight back to Seattle was on a small commuter plane .. stunning sunrise views
Postscript .... And seem this is being posted a while after my visit there I can say that this place and people has got under my skin, still missing them. I will find a way of getting back .. lifelong friends as Londi said.