Thursday, May 6, 2010

All Aboard

Day 5...

Today was a beautiful day, but as it was a travel day there isn't too much to report. The Hohenstein's dropped us at union Station this morning so we could catch a train to Seattle. It was bittersweet as it was sad to leave our friends but was an exciting morning, especially for me as it was my first train trip!

The sights were beautiful. Rich green forests, deer resting in fields, bridges, old barns, I could go on and on. It was nice to sit back and relax watching the world go by us.

The hard part was seeing some of the clear cutting from the train windows. I see it as a necessary evil, we obviously depend on the lumber industry for many things, but to see the devastation it has on the natural landscape is still a sad sight.

We arrived in Seattle this afternoon and originally planned on staying the night, but instead purchased a bus ticket and headed North to Canada. Crossing the border was quite simple with the bus lines as they sort of fast tracked the tour buses. We made it out an in in just 15 minutes.

We're staying in downtown Vancouver for the next two nights until the ship departs on Saturday. We have a small but nice room on Granville near tons of restaurants and a blues club we may visit tomorrow night. There is a variety of international foods and knowing us we'll try many of them. Tonight it was Indian, and we'll just have to see what tomorrow holds. As we are in Canada to avoid any nasty international charges on our phones, we have them off but you can reach us through email if you need us. Hugs and kisses to everyone, especially our doggy and kittens who we miss terribly. Thanks B and Forrest's for watching them for us, they are in good hands!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Mielke

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