We went on a holiday in Washington this week; three days on Vashon Island and driving around the Olympic Peninsula, finishing up with a 4 hour sprint home on US highway 101 and Interstate 5, arriving home at an ungodly hour in the morning.
We saw wildlife:
Ships! (mainly carferries, but one or two cargo ships as well)
Locomotives and streetcars:
You just haven't visited Seattle until you've seen a trolley bus.
And we took the opportunity to get a few pictures of non-artificial items as well. Crescent Lake, which is near the northernmost point of Highway 101 (a point which we drove past a couple of times when looking for a place to have lunch in Port Angeles), is stunningly beautiful, but then again much of the rest of the (non-clearcut) parts of the Olympic Peninsula are beautiful too.
Mount Rainier is always worth a few pictures. When we went to the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad (home of Hammond #17) I was planning on getting more pictures of it, but my Pentax 18-55mm lens developed a condensation spot right in the middle of the lens, which resulted in a great deal of pictures that were blurry exactly where I didn't want them to be. By the time we'd worked our way down to sea level, the condesation spot had vanished, but I still used the telephoto when I took the picture of Mount Rainier from the ferryboat going from Tacoma to Vashom Island.
And no trip is complete without a few pictures of the bears:
Finally, we got an iconic view of the Seattle Space Needle from the
Vashon Island to Seattle
speedboat passenger ferry. No monorail pictures this time -- we ran out of steam before we could walk to the monorail, and instead returned to Vashon Island to gorge ourselves on clams and oysters.