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Pacific Northwest Trip (Day 2)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Oh wow!! Gotta get used to that time zone difference! We may have been on the west coast but our dang body clocks were still on the east coast.

We passed out early (9p) but we sure did wake up early (3a).

So after staring at each other for some time, waiting for the cob-webs to leave our heads, we decide to just hop in the car and drive up to Canada.

We stop at a conveinence store to grab some drinks.   The only employee there was a funny little thing. She was hopping around, high on Red Bull, and we also learned that she was going to school to get a degree . Well good for her. We wished her luck and got on our way.

It was a nice foggy day and at times was quite thick.

WOO HOO! We’re close to the border!

So we finaly get to the border and see just one lane open with a line of cars. Figures.

Of course the line goes slow but I’ll fast-forward for ya.

The guard was polite. Asked us a handfull of questions like… “Who’s your daddy and what does he do?” ……. oh wait…. that was from a movie I saw……

He did ask us how we knew each other (Rage: “Sir, I’m just filling my quota to help a mentaly disabled”)

He then asks how long we’ve known each other (Rage: “Sir, I just picked him up about a minute ago, just wondering around on the road drooling”)

He then asks why were we way over here in the west coast (Rage: “Sir, I was just wanting to see Canada, I didn’t plan on having this drooling mess here next to me”)

He asks how long we plan on staying there (Rage: “Sir, I just want to cruise around and take in the beauty of Vancouver and hopefully find a home for this poor dumb man there”)

 

So the poor guard feels sorry for Rage and lets him continue on. British Columbia!!

 

The drive is quite nice with the fog lifting slowly but surely. It even lasts up to us getting to Surrey.

But after that? The fog lifts quickly and O M G!

 

Well, looky here…..

We’re going through a tunnel….. in Canada…

 

 

A nice mountain view ahead….. in Canada…

 A shot of Captain Rage and his sidekick Commander Cage….. in Canada…

What Rage? Not Commander? Oh….. ok…… Lieutenant Cage then……… No? …….. um…… Ensign Cage? ……. oh boy…….. this is gonna be a long trip…….. some ex-military people can be su{THIS COMMENT WAS ABUSIVE AND WAS REMOVED}

 

Ok, I’m back….

Here were some nice streets….. in Canada.

 

 

This was all taken in Vancouver and with these next few shots, we noticed that the city has a futuristic look to it.

 

Ok…. more street shots.

 Oh, look, here’s a stop sign….. in Canada.

Ok, ok, sorry Rage, I’ll stop interrupting… continuing on with the great city shots…

 

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday…

Now, would you consider this a lazy dog? Lucky dog? Smart dog?

 Now for some bridge shots…… in Canada

 

There’s always that one car that has to stand out from the rest… eh?…. in Canada 

 Now earlier in the day, Rage had made us a mission….. you see, Rage’s ma collects little bells from various places throughout the world and we needed to get one from around here SO… as we’ve been admiring these greats views….in Canada…. we’ve also been looking for a gift shop of sorts so that we could complete this mission and complete it we shall!!

We just basically drove without much of care which direction…. just drive man… drive!

We found ourselves in a nice bay called Horseshoe Bay.

 

 

 

At this nice little place, we found a gift shop that had bells!

 

So with the mission completed, we decide to try to find our way back to the border.

 

Going back to the good ol’ U S of A!

Thank you Canada for your beautiful scenery and hospitaility, hope to come back again someday!

Getting through the border went just as smooth as getting through this morning. The guard asked just about the same questions as this morning. The guard was most pleased that Rage was taking his bumbling jester Cage back into the USA…

So once we were moving on, we started looking for the first exit available with a diner so that we could sit for lunch and discuss our next move.

We figured that since we were way up from Seattle to visit Canada, why not just keep doing the long distance spots. So our next stop? Portland, Oregon.

Rage placed in the mission to find a bell in Portland SO… off we go!

 Along this trip we witnessed a miracle of sorts. As we were crusing along, we saw a puff of smoke from within a handfull of cars ahead of us and then a car swirves from the right hand lane to all the way through three lanes of traffic, past the left hand lane and into the grass median and then come to a complete stop. We noticed no other cars were involved into this so Rage pulls over in fron of the stopped car to see if they were all ok. The driver came out looking around his car. He was wearing a Soldier uniform, the typical camouflage, and started talking with Rage. I noticed in the passenger seat was a lady looking scared to death. Rage shakes the guys hand and we take off to continue our journey. The soldier said someone had tried to push him off the road so he did the best he could to avoid any accident but found himself very lucky that he didn’t hit anybody else! Yes, lucky indeed to the point I would say a miracle considering the amount of traffic that was around him at the time and he found no damage to his car and no other car was hit! Rage did tell him that someone upstairs was looking out for them. Wow….

So, as you can see from the pictures above, the clouds were getting thicker as the day went along. By the time we got to Portland, the weather was miserable and so were we. Rage was wanting to kick me out of the car for the umptenth time but we were bound and determined to find a gift shop to find a bell dag’gummit.

We finally stumbles upon a store called… get this… Made in Oregon! You think we found a bell?

 YES!!

So with bell in hand, we head on out to find a Hotel and passed out.

 

 

Pacific Northwest Trip (Day 1)

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Howdy! I’m Cage and I’ll be your tour guide for the FIRST ever Rage n’ Cage road trip!! WOO HOO!!!

Rage took quite care of posting the trip through Facebook under the Pacific Northeast album. Take a gander at the album for his perspective. Probably better than mine….

So the day started early with a 5:00am trip to the airport. All was good and easy until the bus ride from the parking lot to the terminal. It was PACKED with everybody looking around with the same question on their faces: “Why are all these people here this early in the freakin morning??”

By the time we got on, there was very little room to place luggage so Rage decided to keep his as a companion…. (I was ALREADY replaced)

Ticketing went through great and then I got to see something rare for Philadelphia Airport…. more than two security lines were open!!  INSERT ANGEL CHORUS…

OK, enough of that. So, we manage to get to the gate and we have this excitement of what is to come with our plans to tour around Washington.

In what seemed like a very long time (yea…) we finally board and we’re STILL stoked…

Well, even that can only hold someone for so long….. while sitting…… in an airplane……. waiting to leave…… yes, insert the ETERNITY waiting list. Well, Cage got bored…..

hmmmmm, what to play? Oh! Words with Friends! Airlines LOVE having people play that….

OK, lets fastforward through the first flight that included some moaning and groaning about the ever so uncomfortable airline seats (sigh… old story, I know) to Salt Lake City, Utah. Philadelphia weather was pretty decent but in Salt Lake City?? We landed into a hail storm!

Just great!! We’re not gonna leave from here anytime soon! Surely the next flight will get delayed!….. Nope, all goes out without a hitch! WOO HOO! If this was Philadelphia, our flight woud have gotten delayed to maybe even getting canceled. (yes, I’m sure you’re getting the idea that my love for the Philadelphia Airport is low)

We land in Seattle, Washington, got our bags, and took the shuttle to the car rental joint. All is going good until…. Rage has been notified that he took someone else’s luggage! OOPS! Ya know… I’ve always heard of people doing that but never got to experience it with someone….. welp, I can now check THAT off my list…(RAGE EDITORIAL INPUT:  The bag was the exact same as mine)

SO, since we already have the rental car papers all set, we decide to just drive back to the airport to exchange Rage’s luggage. Meanwhile our friend Dave caught up to us at the car rental joint, and so with the three of us, we trot on over to see what car we was assigned. WOO HOO! A Dodge Charger!!

OK! Way to go Rage!

We get to the airport, the baggage exchange goes good and we’re off to Dave’s house. Seattle looks great! We do a lot of “oooooo”s and “aaaaaaa”s and even some LOLs….

We’re enjoying the scenery and looking forward to all the neat stuff we want to see “We’ll drive here and we”ll drive there….” yada yada yada…. until we see a piece of scenery that makes Rage and I both go “Oh Crap!”

Gas is HOW MUCH here??!??!

So…. I guess we’ll talk again about JUST how much driving we’ll do….

Anyways, we continue on our journey and still admiring the sceneries.

Rage loves coffee. Here’s a nice little shop he spotted.

We get to Dave’s house and he has a nice view from his balcony.

 I don’t think the pic does the view much justice but it is a good view. Back there is a factory but behind that is a Naval Base.

After a nice little rest we decide to head on down to Seattle’s world famous Pike Place Market which is one of the oldest farmer’s market type of place right next to Seattle’s Elliott Bay waterfront. A very nice BUSY place to visit. You can walk around for hours just looking at all the different shops and diners. It seems that whatever you need, this location has it.

One particular shop, that Rage just needed to get to, is THE original Starbucks from 1971. Him Loves Starbucks!

 

I wished that I could have just spent a day here but since this trip was a broad trip, we just couldn’t spend too much time looking in all the places.

 

 

 

We finally did get to the place that I needed to get to… The famous Pike Place Fish Market! Here you can watch them operate by yelling out their customer’s orders and toss the fish around.

I called the three of us to pause for a photo op.

OK…. not…. quite….sure…… what I was doing in that last pic (RAGE:  He was trying to kiss me!) but this next one I had to do for one of my favorite pizza joints in North Carolina called Blue Mountain Pizza, since of course I was wearing their teeshirt.

 OK, lets continue on our tour around this place.

One thing I’ve learned in this place was that Bigfoot is famous here. I guess he slept here sometime ago and people have not forgotten it (nor threw anything away)…

 We stopped in Pier 57 to take a look-see and was faced with some great carvings.

 We just couldn’t resist an arcade stop at the Seattle Waterfront Arcade! Of course Rage found a great outlet for his…. well… RAGE!

(You’ll need Quicktime to see these two files)

Dave tries his hand at King of the Hammer (QuickTime)

Rage then shows why he’s the… KING OF THE HAMMER!!! (Quicktime)

 The Rage says: “Yea! I’m da man.”

OK, so enough of that, let’s get out of here and start walking some more!

 Great sunset from the pier.

So as we’re heading on back to the car, we have to walk through the Pike Place Market, which is along side of a hill which leaves some of the shops with more than one level, and we’re now walking upwards. We take notice that along side a part of the hill, their are free walking goats. A great idea since they help keep the weeds down while yet the town doesn’t have to feed them!

We get into the car and we now find ourselves heading on over to the Space Needle! I’ve been looking forward to this one.

It’s your typical go to the window, buy the tickets and…. WAIT for the elevators.

OK, so I get goofy when I have to wait for an elevator…..

So we finally get in the elevator and it’s a half glass elevator, yes!

>>> Elevator ride up to the top of the Space Needle! (Quicktime)<<<

Absolutely great view up there!!

The last one shows a great view down so, of course, I couldn’t resist acting like I was gonna get sick..

 

 Dave just can’t believe he’s so high up!!

Rage snatched my hat!

 Can you have too many sunset pics? Nope.

 

Ok, let’s call it a day. Gonna go crash and wake up tomorrow for another day of adventure!

The elevator ride back down. (Quicktime)