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Aug '08

Uncle Markie Goes All Local.

So — today, in addition to getting some billable hours in, I’ll be visiting the Northwest RV show to see if I can find a dealer to either:

  1. take Bob (the Bluebird Wanderlodge) on consignment, or
  2. take Bob in as trade on a Class B or maybe C rig.

Wish me luck — so much easier than shuffling up and down the freeway going from dealer to dealer. Worth the $10 since it includes parking.

I’ve also booked some adventures (free) for late September and early October (before and after the birthday cruise):

Port 101

Third Runway 101

  • Wednesday, September 10
  • Location: Sea-Tac Airport*
  • Capacity: 100

Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway will begin operations in November, reducing flight delays and related costs for passengers and airlines. It will make Sea-Tac one of the few airports in the nation that has all runways certified for low-visibility weather conditions. Building the third runway included an elevated embankment, the tallest retaining wall of its type in North America, runway and taxiway construction, FAA facilities and navigational aids and extensive environmental mitigation. Participants will be among the first to visit this 150’ wide, 17” thick, 8,500’ long runway before the first passenger flight lands on it.


Ship Canal 101

  • Wednesday, September 17
  • Location: Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Avenue West*
  • Partners: Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Ballard Oil, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Foss Maritime
  • Capacity: 125

Fishermen’s Terminal is the homeport for the North Pacific fishing fleet. It is surrounded by Seattle’s maritime industrial core providing family wage jobs and contributing to our local economy in a big way. Board a “floating classroom” to learn about some of the businesses that have built their livelihoods along the Ship Canal. Guests will board Argosy Cruises’ Champagne Lady for an educational boat tour.


Duwamish River 101

  • Wednesday, October 1
  • Location: Bell Harbor Marina, Pier 66*
  • Partners: Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle
  • Capacity: 200

The Duwamish industrial area employs more than 80,000 people with an annual payroll of $2.5 billion invigorating our local economy. Commercial, Tribal and recreational fishing also rely on the waterway as a major source of chinook and coho salmon and the waterway provides estuarine habitat essential to migratory and resident fish and wildlife. Through the combined efforts of government, community groups and businesses, the Duwamish Waterway now flows cleaner through Seattle’s major industrial area to Elliott Bay. Participants will board a floating classroom to learn about the importance of marine industrial commerce, the legacy of past industrial activities, fish and wildlife habitat restoration, and present Superfund clean up plans.


Cargo 101

  • Wednesday, October 8
  • Location: Terminal 10, Harbor Island*
  • Partners: SSA Terminals, BNSF Railway, International Longshore and Warehouse Union
  • Capacity: 100

Seattle’s seaport is a major gateway for two-way trade with Asia. See how the operators at Terminal 18, Seattle’s largest container terminal, orchestrate the movement of cargo. Visit BNSF’s rail yard to learn about the transportation connections of ship, truck and rail and see the latest in cargo handling equipment. Longshore workers will talk about their jobs on the docks. Note: Due to security requirements, all attendees will be required to show government-issued photo ID.

All these are FREE and offered on a first come first serve basis, and I’ve signed up for all four.


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