7 week Road Trip – 1st week

Oct. 17th & 18th

We almost didn’t make it to the first flight! The security line was big and 4oz salad dressing bottles didn’t make it through… We couldn’t find 2 seats together so on the first and longest flight, we had to travel separate. With the rushing I forgot to take my contact solution out and glasses to rest my eyes, so for 5 hours my contacts were stuck dry in my eyes and I couldn’t rest. I also forgot to take my book out and my sweater. I had sandals and I was freezing!

What a way to start!

The schedule was Hilo – Los Angeles -San Francisco – Seattle.

Finally we got to sit together on the last part, San Francisco to Seattle.

The clouds were so thick! so so thick… no visibility at all in Seattle. I’ve never seen anything like that. Dense solid blanket over the whole city.

We couldn’t land. The pilot went around and around, attempted to break through the clouds and suddenly accelerated the airplane upwards very fast. No way we could land.

Back to Portland to get some gas and try landing again.

This time we did. We arrived to Seattle 3 hrs later than we planned. Hurry to take a shower and get to Auction at the Westin Hotel.

We got there an hour and a half later so we couldn’t witness the “green” part of the auction where Dan’s piece was but it was fun anyways. The art was awesome, the silent auction was great, the live Auction was exhilarating! $60,000 plus art pieces sold right there in competition, all bidders! That was exciting to see!  There was even a bidding for  donation to the glass school that got to go over $200,000! …The food was yummy and beautifully presented and the people we met, great.

We went home around 11:30pm. We stayed at a AIRBNB ( B&B ). A room in he basement of a house. Bed super comfy, snuggling and joy in abundance!

GLASS ARTIST – CAPPY THOMPSON – AT THE SEATTLE AIRPORT

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AT THE PILCHUCK GLASS AUCTION

FAKE/GLASS BLOWING WITH MY BELOVED

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ICE SCULPTURE

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OUR TABLE AT THE LIVE AUCTION

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Oct. 19th, 2013

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

Next morning we got up at 12pm! we needed that rest…and we were feeling jet lagged.  We drove to Downtown to explore the city and have some “breakfast”. It was about 48 degrees!!! AND people were wearing skirts and sandals!

I was bundled up and I was freezing!  We got the Fresh Market minutes before it closed at 5pm. So alive, so much life and color! We had a great time…

FAMOUS FRESH MARKET IN SEATTLE  – PIKE PLACE

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DINNER AT TASTE – ORGANIC CUISINE

AFTER- DINNER -STROLL, AROUND GLASS GALLERIES

VITRI GALLERY – CHIHULY’S WORK

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FIVE TIMES AROUND ON THE SEATTLE GREAT WHEEL

Romantic times

VIP OPPORTUNITY – AFTER HOURS VISIT TO TREVOR GALLERY

Dan’s friend’s sister, Allison, works at Trevor Gallery. Even though the gallery closes at 5pm, we got invited to have some drinks and tour the gallery privately.

Todd and Jessica texted us and invited us and we got the exclusive – Behind the Scenes special tour. Such blessings!

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA

just exquisite…

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SALATINO-GANDOLFO

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CHIHULY’S BIG VESSELS

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PRESTON SINGLETARY

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CAPPY THOMPSON

one of my favorites

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Oct. 20th, 2013

IMG_1589Today, we decided to wake up early – Whole Foods for breakfast and then to the Seattle Museum for: Peru Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. It was fantastic! Seeing all the history and the artifacts that were discovered in tombs. We are having a blast and getting so inspired!

Then, we drove about 1 hour north to Raven and Kelly’s house, Dan’s friends, glass artists. They care take Bill Morris’s house/farm. It was a treat! Wren, their 3 yr old son, was super warm and welcomed us with big hug. “Sushi”, their dog was super fun and energetic.

Raven and Kelly walked us through the Warehouse where Bill Morris keeps some of his glasswork. It was so inspiring to see this! They even gifted us with a couple of huge books with photographs of Morris’ art.

We also got to see some of Raven’s and Kelly’s artwork. Also, very beautiful and inspiring to see how they make their own tools to work the glass and how talented they are.

Dinner and sharing with the family was all so very nurturing. Wren is such a delight! He lives by his name. Such cuteness and smart little boy…

Since Raven’s house is a small house, they let us sleep next door, at Bill Morri’s house. We were so grateful for their generosity and their trust. We slept sooo good. Dan was visited by Morri’s in his dreams. We felt honored to be there. We had a bath, did yoga the next morning and had some time to re-charge.

Thank you Raven and Kelly! Thank you Wren and Sushi! We had fun.

BILL MORRIS’S GLASS WORK

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Oct. 21st, 2013

PILCHUCK SCHOOL

5 MIN DRIVE FROM RAVEN’S HOUSE

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RANDY WALKER – MAKING A LEAF

THE STUDIO/GALLERY

RANDY’S WORK

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ROSS RICHMAN’S GLASS WORK

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INSPIRING COLDWORK STUDIO

GETTING IDEAS

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BACK ON THE ROAD – US20 HWY TO SPOKANE TO VISIT JESSICA AND TODD

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BEST ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES-BLUEBERRIES ICE CREAM EVER!

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Oct. 22nd, 2013

We stopped at Winthrop last night. Looking for a hotel/cabin in the dark was an adventure. We made the best choice though, I am confident, as our choice led us to stay at a really nice Hotel with an amazing view of the river: Hotel Rio Vista.

It was so sunny, warm and clear this morning…. Yesterday afternoon and today we saw the sun for the first time since we arrived to Washington. Such a blessing…truly… sunshine is the best!

VIEW FROM OUR ROOM AT THE HOTEL

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THE COWBOY TOWN OF WINTHROP

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AND BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

We stopped in Twisp, the next town, for the best Food-Co op we’ve encounter so far… and got amazing lunch… organic, local…super yummy!!! Then, back on the Road… we have 4 more hours until we get to Spokane where Jessica, Todd and baby Tagg are waiting for us.

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DRIVING AND SINGING  TO TITO PUENTES AND RUBEN BLADES

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Oct. 23rd, 2013

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

Stroll in the Park with Jessica & Taggart

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6 comments

  1. Rachael Epperson

    Maria & Dan, thanks for sharing your beautiful trip. We are in Oregon while you’re in Washington, helping my brother press apples into cider and loving the fall weather of sun and chill. Have a wonderous trip! Love, Rachael

    • Hey Rachael! Good to hear from you! We are in Oregon right now as well… on our way to Breintensbush. We were driving and enjoying the smell of apples.. so divine. Blessings and hugs to you!

  2. Kealahi

    Wow, this is an incredible journal! How much time do you spend on it? (Could I possibly do something like this?) What a great way to keep track of your adventures and showcase your beautiful pics!

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