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Wed
30
Nov '22

Trip Report: Everett-Vegas Mileage Run With A Surprise Ending

This was supposed to be just a random mileage run so I can have 75K Alaska status for next year. 75K is important to me because it allows me to book premium seats (extra leg room, free booze) at time of booking regardless of ticket price (with exception of Basic which are the seats back […]

Sun
27
Nov '22

Trip Report: Across Canada By Train

Back on the road again! Off to Toronto to catch the train to Vancouver. The United Club isn’t as fancy as Delta or Alaska, but free food and booze is free food and booze. And the view from the gate… Views like this is why I call Seattle, home. On Air Canada today, in the […]

Fri
11
Nov '22

Trip Report: What Was Supposed To Be Palm Springs

But is wasn’t, not even close (to be close you have to be within a half hour drive, not 45 minutes). Got an email from the manager of the Palm Springs WorldMark at 3:43pm the DAY BEFORE we were to check in (we had already checked in for our flights). I spent my ground time […]

Fri
11
Nov '22

Trip Report: Sonoma Mileage Run

Managed to squeeze in one more California trip while Alaska is offering a 50% EQM boost which will push me over the 75K mark for Alaska, meaning I can keep buying cheap seats, and plant myself into Premium with the extra legroom and free booze at no additional cost. Yahoo. Breakfast in the lounge: Then […]

Sun
6
Nov '22

Trip Report: Waikiki and San Diego

After my mileage run to Kona – several people inquired why I didn’t just stay longer. Not really the point of a “mileage run” but I did take it to heart and booked a longer holiday to both Waikiki and San Diego. Sadly, an early departure for San Diego, then a layover, then onto Honolulu. […]

Fri
21
Oct '22

Trip Report: Uncle Markie Visits Forever

Don’t get the wrong idea – I didn’t have a near-death event. My friends bought a place in Upstate New York (Finger Lakes) that they have named “Forever”. While structurally fine and with amazing woodwork inside, forever is how long it will that them to make it theirs in spirit and functionality. Prebreakfast in the […]

Sun
16
Oct '22

Travel Report: What Airlines For What

This is just a quick post to layout my feelings about various airlines since I’ve had the chance to fly some that I don’t regularly fly. Thoughts on domestic airlines (that I fly) in order of my preference, but there is a HUGE gap between number one and number two: Alaska Airlines: If you are […]

Fri
7
Oct '22

Trip Reports: Caribbean and SoCal – Days Apart

Pardon the copy and paste, but a personal letter seems like a great dual post: Spent my birthday in St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands doing absolutely nothing but eating and looking out at the sea. Here are a couple of representative pictures that I haven’t end had time to blog yet.  ..   […]

Tue
27
Sep '22

Trip Report: Santa Fe For A Wedding

This week we are off to a wedding! And because it’s a wedding, the is lots of STUFF to pack: And because I’m flying United, it’s a different lounge than usual: Yes, I got into the domestic United Club using my foreign airline status. To do that, they changed (without asking) my mileage plan from […]

Thu
22
Sep '22

Home Report: World Clock v4

As you all know, I travel a bit. About three years ago, I was on a quest to find a world clock with the ability to display four time zones at a glance to help with my ever-present travel bug. I’m too cheap to pay the $750 to $1000 on the vinyl lettered one: And […]

Sun
11
Sep '22

Trip Report: One Hour In Kona

Another day, another mileage run? Different starter when you are on an evening flight! Maybe I should be headed to Germany, not Hawaii…but alas, I’m in coach to Kona, though moved seats to have the middle open and me at the window. And some window shots: Dinner arrives – ordered the Protein Platter, and the […]

Thu
1
Sep '22

Trip Report: Mountainous Mileage Run

Time to go back to racking up status for 2023 – and off to Juneau on the milk-run go I. This route used to be serviced by a “combi” which had the first 15 rows removed to make room for cargo. Now, it’s just a standard 737, but with 3 stops between Seattle and Juneau. […]

Fri
26
Aug '22

Trip Report: Return to Whistler

Well, this trip started with a hiccup, and a cancelled first night out of town, so I used the day to rest up, with a little “mental health” trip over to the Museum of Flight to just sit in the Pavilion amongst the planes. It is an incredibly calming place for me. Later in the […]

Fri
19
Aug '22

Trip Report: Points Run

Most of you know about my mileage runs (flying someplace just to fly home usually on the same plane), but this week I did a points run for Wyndham Rewards points. How it works in this case, is booking a Bonus Time stay at one of the WorldMark resorts that also has a sales center […]

Mon
15
Aug '22

Home Report: Lots Of Visitors!

It must be summer in Seattle – everyone is showing up! Well, the first isn’t a guest, I was the guests – but these are dear friends from the wine shop that invited me for cocktails! Not the best picture but shows the joy in the evening. Then, my “nephew” from Nagoya, Japan and his […]

Sat
13
Aug '22

Trip Memories: Guest Post From Julian Honeycutt

Gods & Penises by Julian Honeycutt   In Japan, they say you are born Shinto, marry Christian, and die Buddhist. That is, as a new baby you will go to the Shinto shrine for purification, when the time comes, you’ll likely get married in a big building fashioned to look like a chapel and say […]

Thu
11
Aug '22

Trip Report: Boise 2X

Normally I don’t do mileage runs in summer. Too many crazy clueless travelers – and pissed off angry, entitled, travelers this Summer of Revenge Traveler…but here I am. And here I am a few minutes before opening: That is my carry-on for the day. Reading material and room for snacks. That is a Virgin Mary […]

Sat
6
Aug '22

Home Report: Guests Coming!

Time to finish the rehabilitation of the guest bedroom and bathroom (and clean up my own bedroom). Have company coming in from Nagoya (Japan) and then Athens (Greece, not Georgia). First up, finish the guest bedroom from its previous life as an office. First up, stiffening the bed for TWO guests: The front section has […]

Sun
24
Jul '22

Trip Report: Portland For A Couple Of Days

Another week, another train? I should be so lucky. Just a little mid-week getaway. Had some Amtrak points, so splurged on the Roomette for the 4 hour trip: Was surprised when there was actually a MENU in my room. Those haven’t been available for YEARS. Printed time schedules still aren’t available. The view are always […]

Fri
15
Jul '22

Home Report: Relatives In Town!

This week it’s relatives in town from Santa Fe. Three nights close by at the airport, and I’m lending them my Escapé to avoid a $1200 car rental for 10 days. Ouch! Even picked them up at the airport and fed them dinner. The next day found us at the Museum of Flight with Jonathan […]