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January, almost right after New Year, found me attending a wedding in San Diego. I couldn't resist a side trip to the famous zoo . There was quite a crowd of Brits in the party - the groom was from the UK - and all of us seemed to plan a drive to San Francisco, up the coast, afterward. Most people were planning to spend two or three weeks doing it, but I did it in 4 days! Through the first proper storm of the season... As you can see, Highway 1 was not busy . Even Hearst Castle closed the first day I tried to visit - something that only happens every few years. I did make it the second time I tried, though: . As ever on my travels I stopped at the local air museums. This Spitfire was at Palm Springs.
One of my promises to myself when I returned to London was to take up gliding again. I spent what was intended to be the first of many days at Lasham over the Easter Bank Holiday , getting three flights under my belt . It was the also the last day I spent at Lasham in 2001. Grrr!
April found me in a small town in Finland, delivering presentations for my job. It wasn't all work though - as this trip to the local gallery proves .
Seattle is one of my favourite cities. I've spent a lot of time there professionally, and never really had a vacation there. So this was my chance to spend a week visiting the town as a tourist. I found the original Starbucks , and admired the space needle (and its view!). The highlight was probably hiring a bike for the day, and then catching a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The route I followed was called the 'chilly hilly', after a spring time club ride that follows it. The summer doesn't remove the hills though, as the supplies I got through testify!
Of course, I visited the air museum:
Immediately after Seattle, I had to be in Vancouver for my job, coinciding with Canada Day .
Did you think I'd skip the local museum?
Last on the itinerary for 2001, another business trip, this time to Austin, Texas. The capitol building is impressive , and the local coffee shops friendly . The Alamo was a fun day trip away, listening to a CD of the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy in the original radio version :o)