|Yes, we are nearing the Pacific Northwest.....! Rain, rain and more rain!|
|Grey, dark skies in Portland, Oregon.|
|The rains were on and off - on and off - on and off!!!!|
|There were the occasional spots with blue skies and sunshine.|
|Nice waterfall along I-5|
|More blue skies...|
|Rolling in to Seattle, WA.|
|Traffic was OK going into Seattle but it was the usual zoo north from the downtown core.|
|We made it through and before long we were past the freeway frenzy and back to a more relaxed drive once north of Everett, WA.|
|Entrance to the Tulalip Casino, Washington State.|
|Beautiful interior - lobby to the casino hotel.|
|Nice lounge - next to the casino - where I am presently sitting as I write this blog.|
|Not a great photo but I did my best - shooting hand held without a flash.|
I don't mean to editorialize here because I do know people who seem to get pleasure from gambling. I don't mean to judge either but I just don't get this all nighter booze up/gambling thing. I simply do not get it. What I do understand though is the addictive nature of these facilities and the magnet for patrons. That, I find sad!!! I did produce a few mini documentaries on this topic, in Las Vegas, several years ago. Those stories were broadcast on CBC-TV in Canada.
The people who build and operate casinos do get it though. It is obviously a good business model. These businesses must make money. Casinos continue to be built everywhere, so it seems. Heck, even our own politicians in BC, and other Canadian Provinces, agree with the the business model. It makes money - pure and simple. That is why we have so many casinos and more are being planned. That's why we have so many lotteries too.
However, I digress. People are free to make their own decisions!!!! Jeanette and I enjoyed our stay in the casino RV area. We enjoyed a nice dinner out, in a very nice environment, with great service and equally great food.....and far away from the click and clatter, bells and whistles, and the foul stench of a smokey casino.
|Photo without flash taken @ night - hand held. A bit fuzzy....but realistic!|
We plan to leave here sometime this morning for the last 90 minute drive northwards to the Canadian border. From there, it's a 6 km drive to our home. Then the fun begins as we prepare to move from our home of over 21 years to the new home we take possession of on March 18th.
Thanks for dropping by.