I had a lovely low-key time in Seattle, spending time with my sister and her partner, eating wonderful homemade food, darning some socks, and taking care of several other administrative tasks. We also spent some time walking partway around Greenlake, and through a shaded park to the PCC Co-op grocery for some provisions, after the requisite stop at Mighty-O Donuts.
Today, the two of them accompanied me to the train station, where I caught the Amtrak bus to Bellingham. We walked to the U District light rail station, where I enjoyed the cool subway aesthetics and art. We rode that train to the Amtrak station, where we said goodbye (though I might see them again in a couple of weeks) and I boarded the bus (which used to be a train, and will return to train service again at the end of this month.)
On the bus, while enjoying some bucolic views, I struck up a conversation with my really cool seatmate, Ardeth. She and her partner live car free in Centralia, about halfway between Seattle and Portland. They had their own folding bikes and a trailer in the cargo hold of the bus as well! They were on their way to a retreat in the San Juan Islands, which sounded really cool. (I’m putting Indralaya on my list of places to check out and possibly stay sometime. The retreat center periodically offers work trade for lodging, and the work is only three hours per day doing fun things like picking plums.) It was cool to meet a like-minded adventurer on the bus!
In Bellingham, my friend Alek picked me up at the train station, and we stopped at the co-op on the way home to pick up some vegetables to cook for dinner.
I’m looking forward to a couple of days in Bellingham, hopefully connecting with several friends and also visiting the new vegan grocery in town!
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