Washington Leg of 2010 Tour

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On Wednesday, August 11, 2010, Stanley Bronstein flew into Seattle, Washington from Anchorage, Alaska and walked 5 hours.

I arrived at the Seattle airport about 30 minutes early.  I waited for my friend Judy to pick me up at 5:00 AM.  We drove over to Gasworks Park and talked until the sun came up.  Since I’d never walked that area before, I wanted to make sure it was daylight before I got started.

The walk was fairly uneventful, but definitely a lot of fun.  Some highlights were:

  • Finding 2 pennies,
  • Eating a delicious banana I bought at the convenience store, and
  • Discovering the trail went right through the University of Washington campus.

While looking around the university campus, I happened to walk into the Astronomy Bldg.  I discovered that they had built a pendulum, duplicating the experiment from the famous French scientist, Foccault.  The pendulum basically proves the rotation of the Earth.

Here is a short video showing the pendulum:

I also happened upon a construction site that was using a jackhammer that made for a semi-interesting video. Here it is:

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
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The weather was just about perfect.  It went from 60 degrees to probably 85 degrees, with no rain.

Judy picked me up when I was finished and we had lunch at a yummy salad bar.  I was famished.  I couldn’t wait to eat.

Before taking me back to the airport, Judy presented me with a $500 check as her company, Perceptivity, LLC, wanted to sponsor me for 200 registrations at the iWarriorWalk Charity Walkathon on Walk Friday, November 26, 2010.  I think that was awesome and I am ever so grateful.  As promised, $250 of that goes to charity at the end of the walkathon.

My flight home to Phoenix was uneventful, except that I had to stop by the lost and found for the Phoenix Airport to pick up my iWarriorWalk.com cap that I had apparently left at the security checkpoint the day before.  The funny thing is that I had to show identification to pick it up, even though all of the clothes I was wearing had the iWarriorWalk logo on them (grin).

When I got home, I took a shower, ate dinner and then slept for 7 hours straight (I usually only sleep 4).  Then I got up, walked 75 minutes on the treadmill, ate breakfast, and then slept for 2 hours more.  Obviously I was exhausted from all the flying and having only slept on the plane the night before and not in a bed.  That’s just part of the fun from this tour . . .

Here are pictures from the walk. Some of these are incredible.  My favorite is the one of the black bird contemplating at the water’s edge.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Washington:

  • 1) The state of Washington was carved out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which had been ceded to the United States, by Britain, in 1846, as part of the Oregon Treaty, which settled the Oregon boundary dispute.
  • 2) Washington was admitted to the United States as the 42nd state in 1889.
  • 3) Nearly 60% of Washington’s nearly 7 million residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area.
  • 4) Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the US.  It is the only state named after a president.
  • 5) Washington is commonly called Washington State, to distinguish it from the U. S. capital, Washington D. C.

Next stop, Honolulu, Hawaii.