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Uncle Markie out and about.

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Mon
25
Dec '17

Trip Report: Forks For Friends

It had been too long since I’d been out to Forks, Washington to visit my friends, Chip and Linda. And it is a pretty drive: In theory, it’s 150 miles and 3.5 hours…but there is a ferry ride to get to the peninsula…think more like 4.5 to 5 hours. A FOGGY ferry ride… Crossing the […]

Sun
17
Dec '17

Future Report: Upcoming Travel

It’s not even the end of the year, and 2018 is stacking up to be a busy travel year. I should hit Alaska MVP Gold by the first week of March. Last year it was regular MVP by the first week of April. Looks like I’ll be Alaska MVP Gold 75K for 2019! Here’s what’s […]

Sat
16
Dec '17

Trip Report: The Train Home

Thanks to an extra car at the house, I was able to drive myself to the train station in Lamy (LMY), and just lock the keys in the truck. VERY convenient. Lamy used to have a great restaurant, sadly, closed, since Lamy is in the middle of nowhere. I always show up early – an […]

Wed
6
Dec '17

Trip Report: New Mexico For A Couple Of Nights

Plane landed early, so The Colonels were still in route by the time I’d gotten my two checked bags. Suitcase and box of wine/cinnamon brandy. Our plan for the afternoon is to hit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History which used to be on the Air Force base, but after 911 and heightened […]

Tue
5
Dec '17

Flight Report: Probably The BEST Flight I’ve Ever Taken

Quite often I go to New Mexico to visit my sister and her husband (technically, my brother’s widow and her new husband), and then take the train back to Seattle. Amtrak schedules don’t really allow for going in the other direction if you actually want to make your connection. Poked around the Alaska Airlines site […]

Sat
2
Dec '17

Travel Steal: Auckland for $410 Roundtrip

You hear about “mistake fares”, but I’d never heard soon enough to score one, and I scored two (though cancelled one within the 24-hour free period. Got this mail from Scott’s Cheap Flights at 12:30am: An incredible late-night mistake fare to New Zealand. These fares are downright erotic. Book ASAP if you’re interested, these may […]