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After the wedding, I looked forward to the whirlwind day we had planned ahead before we flew back to Oklahoma.  Here was the gist of the plan – 1.  see everything we have time to see in Portland in the morning, 2.  take the Amtrak Cascades train to Seattle, 3.  see everything we have time to see in Seattle in the evening, 4.  take the late flight from Seattle to Oklahoma.

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The plan part 1:  The first attraction to see was the International Rose Test Garden in Portland.  We saw dozens of champion roses and took quite a few pictures of a few of them.  Next we headed to downtown Portland for lunch at Noodles & Company and a trip to Powell’s, the most gigantic book store I’ve ever seen.  Then we made our way to Union Station and waited for the train.  As a side note, this white rose smelled like bananas – not kidding. :-)

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Part 2, the train:  Our train ride was really nice.  We spent some time in the dining car, which is my favorite part because it makes me feel like I belong in an old movie (even though the cars don’t seem as fancy as they do in the old movies).  We even got to see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

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Seattle:  Whew!  Seattle was where the whirlwind came in!  We took the monorail to the Space Needle and rode up to the top, where the view was magnificent.  We went down to the market so that we could buy drinks at the first Starbucks!  We bought souvenirs, and then headed to the airport.  After dinner in the terminal, it was time to get on the plane back to Oklahoma!

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Bye bye Pacific Northwest!

IMG_0635(Tea latte at first Starbucks)