August 22, 2010

I departed back to India from Seattle. My first flight Seattle - San Francisco got delayed, and plan to quick visit to SF also vanished. I already exausted during this Seattle trip having just good time visit to Blake Island. But something better yet to come that day. Though It was too much cloudy and rainy.

As soon as my next flight SF - Frankfurt take off, I take advantange getting window seat, and clicking some snaps. One snap of flight reflection over the clouds is good upto some extent and the snaps having the dense cloud blanket over the San Francisco city. As I go through some of the other SF websites and came to know that fog is the regular features of San Francisco summers.

Sooner My eagle eyes got the glimpse of Golden Gate and SF - Oakland Bay Bridge. I have taken some of the videos over these bridges, and clicked some snaps in addition quickly. The timings of the luggage cruise crossing the Golden gate bridge add beauty to the sky view of Golden Gate bridge picture. After zooming I found that many boats were crawling at the same time, seems like the dots in the pictures. Another is the bay bridge (also known as "James 'Sunny Jim' Rolph" Bridge), has one of the longest spans in the world. It has 10 lanes (5 westbound on upper level, 5 eastbound on lower) for carriers.

SF is also famous for its hills. There are more than 50 hiils within city limits. Some of those hills [Names unknown to me] can be enriched in these pictures. During the further flight, I also enjoyed cloud thunder and lighting. Most of the time the nature was playing hide and seek game with no cloud - dense cloud.

I would say, This flight was like the helicopter tour of San Francisco city, Golden Gate, and Bay Bridge. It seems that I was rejuvenating the live google maps from the flight window. Now its time to relax, have snacks and small chat with beautiful air hostess serving :-) and way to India via Frankfurt.

Other Places visited in USA:

A sunny day to ... San Juan Islands, Washington, USA.
Endless Landscapes ... Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.
Night Life at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Day Life at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Universal Studios Tour, Los Angeles, California, USA
A snowy trip to Leavenworth, Washington, USA
Boulder Dam - Hoover Dam, Arizona - Nevada Border, USA
Tillicum Village, Blake Island Tour, Seattle, Washington

August 20, 2010

This is a 4-hour adventure to Tillicum Village on Blake Island State Park from Seattle waterfront. Blake Island, is a Washington State Park accessible only by boat. On the northeast end of the island is Tillicum Village, a showcase for Northwest Coast Indian arts, culture, and food.

We booked the tickets over the phone with Argosy Cruise, $79.95 per person. We arrived at Pier 55 directly from the office. The adventure begins with an Argosy cruise on Puget Sound to Blake Island having relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery during the 50 minute cruise.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a path strewn with white clam shells bleached by the sun and greeted with an appetizer of steaming clams in nectar broth. The Visitor experience includes a greeting from Tillicum Village employees costumed in Northwest Coastal Native tribal costume.

Inside the longhouse, guests can watch the whole Chinook salmon are cooked over an alder-wood fire on cedar stakes in the traditional Northwest Coast Indian style. Your meal is served buffet-style and includes a menu of Traditional Indian-style Baked Salmon. Fresh fruit salad, Assorted Melons, Grapes, Strawberries and Pineapple, served with a Strawberry Honey Dipping Sauce is the option for vegetarian other than wonderful combination of wild and regular rice, cooked to perfection with onions, garlic and a fragrant vegetable stock. I liked it, Atul and Sumit didn't.

Tillicum Village Menu:

Steamed Clams in Nectar
Traditional Alder Baked Salmon
Signature Northwest Stew
Wild Grain Harvest Rice
Warm Whole Grain Tillicum Bread
Field Greens Salad
Tri-Colored Bean Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad
Northwest Dessert Treat

Coffee and Tea Service with the Meal at Tillicum Village.

As you finish your meal, the lights dim while the myth and magic come to life in the spellbinding performance featuring the Tillicum Village dancers. Tip: Try to grab the front seats, so that performance can be enjoyed and captured closely.

Prior to the return trip to downtown Seattle, time is provided following the performance where visitors may have the opportunity to visit a gallery featuring regional Northwest artwork, watch a totem pole carving demonstration by Native Americans, and walk along the beaches and trails of Blake Island. People used to come here in Summer season for camping and relaxing with nature as well. The beautiful Mount Rainier can be enjoyed at the evening.

The cost of $79.95 (non-refundable) includes a one-hour narated trip on Argosy cruise, clam appetizers upon arrival to the island, a Chinook salmon feed, and entertainment, Native American-inspired dance show, exploration time on the island and the return cruise to Seattle.

So if you are in Seattle, It can be a one time go trip to Blake Island to enjoy marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline providing unobstructed views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline.

August 1, 2010

First of all, A very happy friendship day to all my loved ones and friends. It is right by said, that the expansion of FRIEND is true in itself, [F]ew [R]elations [I]n [E]arth [N]ever [D]ie. Even though it is intensionally expanded. But I like this. So this poem is for all my loved ones and friends:
Every girl wanna to be my life.
But don't know why!
don't know why!

Besides me, every girl wanna to be lie,
I am not telling a lie.
No lie.

Every girl wanna to be my side.
I wanna this to be avoid.
I don't hide.

Every girl wanna to meet me at night.
Its very tough and tight.
Give me some light.
I love light.

So every girl wanna to have some fight.
I don't have any right.
No right, No fight.

Every girl wanna someone my type.
I don't want any hype.
No hype.

Even someone shows me the knife,
I don't want to be wipe,
Save my life.

Even pretty lips calls me anytime,
Be it day or night.
be it nine or five.
Jesus! I am still alive.
Save me with all this talk & jive.

Even those lips wanted to kiss me.
The more they miss me,
more they wanted to kill(ss) me.

Every girl wanna to be with me at tea/Coffee-time.
But I don't feel fine.
Really not fine.

Every girl wanna to be my wife.
But don't know why!
don't know why!

Thanks God for my life.
Every girl wanna to be my bride.
So, I cried.

Still I am single,
ya still single.
So every girl wanna to be mingle.

These are the words from the poet inside me,
It's nothing about me.
Nothing about me.
- Sachin Kumar Gupta (Sach)

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