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A Pacific Northwest Adventure

Posted June 26, 2007

Congratulations to "mdoodle" for correctly guessing my vacation destination of Washington State.  We had a wonderful family trip that is probably best captured in the slide show that accompanies today's blog entry.  Special thanks to Multimedia Specialist Nathan Clendenin for for weaving my photos, narration and music together.
I would also like to thank WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner for helping me plan the trip.  Ten years ago Elizabeth took a very similar vacation in the Pacific Northwest with her parents.  Her suggestions for lodging, whale watching and hikes were invaluable.
I'd love to get your feedback on the slideshow.  Tomorrow I will talk more about the trip including a voracious appetite for salmon, airport delays and how I almost bumped into a former US president on the trip.


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  • JerryO Jun 27, 2007

    Canon EOS is great, but a little pricey. The Powershot line from Canon is very good and a little more reasonably priced

  • jetset Jun 27, 2007

    Washington state's scenery is breathtaking. But, I will give alot of credit to the photographer!!

  • Ashen-Shugar Jun 27, 2007

    My sister has one of the "advanced" type Digitals, a Fuji with 12x optical zoom. I have managed some great sunset pics, and dolphin pics from the top of Shell Island Resort, but i have to recommend the Canon Digital EOS. Very pricey but the best for reaching out and grabbing those shots that others can't. One day I hope to be able to afford one myself. I think Consumer Reports rated it number one as well.

  • urbudelar Jun 27, 2007

    Thanks for the kind words on my photography. I used a pretty simple camera: Kodak Easy Share. I'd like to upgrade. Any suggestions?


  • mynput2 Jun 26, 2007

    Very nice! I was just telling my kids I would love to
    do a vacation like this (seeing what God has created. Not
    sure how to line up everything for each day... Other than that. Can't wait to hear more.

  • JerryO Jun 26, 2007

    Wow Bill. If you ever leave WRAL, you can get a job as a nature photographer. Those pictures are exquisite.

  • TRose Jun 26, 2007

    Thanks Bill for those lovely photos. You did a great job (I guess that was you behind the camera). I too fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. I visited my cousins in Tacoma a few years ago. Their home overlooks Commencement Bay. I was first up each morning enjoying my coffee sitting on their porch reveling in the view. They were wonderful hosts taking me to Mt. Rainier, Seattle and on into Oregon. I loved the 'Market' in Seattle. I couldn't get over the variety of food items, restaurants and the most gorgeous flowers being sold right next to big iced containers where huge fish lay on display. I didn't expect that visiting lighthouses on the coast of Washington and Oregon would require the energy and stamina of a mountain goat! Down east our lighthouses stand really tall on the sandy shores but on the Pacific Northwest coast they're perched on top of cliffs.
    Bill, many thanks for rekindling my desire to return.

  • urbudelar Jun 26, 2007

    Thanks. It is a great time of the year to see the Pacific Northwest. But winters can be cold and it's pitch dark at 4:30PM in January and the sun doesn't start glowing until 8 the next day. Still, natives embrace the darkness with lots of warm fires and good books.


  • Riverracer Jun 26, 2007

    What a beautiful slide show. It makes me want to head west!!! Glad you all had a great time.

  • packandcanesfan Jun 26, 2007

    Bill I love all your slideshows but that one made me the most envious. What beauty and serenity. Seeing those whales and eagles must have been so incredible. I am so glad you all got to experience this together. And your wife and daughter look like sisters in that one pic.

    Thanks for sharing. I would so love to call the airlines at this moment and book a trip out there. Maybe one day. :)




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