Washington State Odyssey Leg #4: Falls to San Juan


The Salish Lodge is luxurious with a well trained staff that
provides outstanding service.  We
loved our patio garden, our comfortable room, and beautiful art just outside
our door.

Location: Wall art in patio garden wing of hotel.


Location: Attic Bar and Grill seat by window.


Ho hum, just your ordinary Happy Hour view. 

Location: Salish Lodge historical Sign #1 – Snohomish
tribe becomes landless; area is part of the Snohomish River Basin.  Working for hop farmers provided a
meager but stable life. 


Location: Historical sign #2 – Snoqualmie Pass is
lush, verdant.



Historical sign #3



Historical sign #4


Location: Salish Lodge close-in viewing platform.


Location: Salish Lodge extended viewing platform.


Our next destination was Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, and
stayed at the Snohomish Casino & Lodge located about 10 miles from the
town.  The hotel was nice, well
managed, and provided us with a comfortable room with a view of the water and
small islands.  The food and
service was quite good too.

Location: Entrance to Anacortes and their main
commercial boulevard.



Anacortes is a pretty city with some good restaurants, brew
pubs, and bars.  Patty and I
appreciated the quality of a recent local brewing start-up; also liked Anthony’s
for dinner and recommend the Lingcod with fresh local berries garnish. 

Location: Anthony’s Fish House and the local marina.



We took Rt. 20 to Whidbey Island to see Deception Pass and
explore Oak Harbor.

Location: West side of bridge overlooking Deception
Pass and the Pacific Ocean beyond. 



We visited Oak Harbor and found this interesting historical
marker.  Other than the Whidbey
Island Naval Air Base, the only sight that stopped our car was two mounted jet
fighter aircraft. 


Our next stop was Seattle for the two last days of our
journey at the El Gaucho Inn, a jewel of a boutique hotel in the heart of Belltown’s
cool First Avenue corridor. 

Leg #5 is an exploration of the waterfront, the Space Needle
district with a focus on the Museum of Musical Experience and Jimi Hendrix in
particular.  I apologize to Nirvana
fans for I took photos of their exhibit too but for some reason my camera
swallowed the images.