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This was another Road Scholar trip: "Naturally Magnificent: Washington State's Olympic Peninsula". I flew in a day early to spend some time in Seattle.
In Seattle, I started with a quick visit to the EMP Museum. I'm only a little into pop music, so I went through all that quickly. The fantasy and science fiction exhibits were mainly film and TV props, and I'm more into SF&F books.
Chihuly Garden and Glass was lots of fun. I was tempted to stay into the night to see things lit up, but that would have been quite late.
The next morning I went to the Seattle Central Library, which wasn't as striking as I expected. I finished my extra Seattle time in bookstores in Pioneer Square. In one that was going out of business, I asked about the price of a large Chihuly book I had seen at his museum the day before. The proprietor named a low price and threw in a Chihuly DVD and a box of Chihuly notecards. I took the deal, adding extra weight to my suitcase.
The Olympic Music Festival program was very good. After that, it was all Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula. The weather was great - hot and dry. Most didn't like the heat and accused me of bringing the weather from Los Angeles. I loved the scenery. And once again, I didn't do enough walking.
Just before the trip began, the first legal recreational marijuana stores opened in Washington state. But that didn't work out for me. The two in Port Angeles hadn't yet received their licenses, and the one in Seattle sold out of everything in the first three days, and was closed for another ten days. Sigh.