I like watching megafactories on TV and being in Seattle for a couple of days, the home of Boeing manufacturing, a tour seemed like too good a opportunity to miss.
Figuring out how to get there was a learning experience. We didn’t feel like paying a premium of US$50 each just for transport by joining a tour group, despite this being the easiest option. Wifi and google found the public transport option, but not really the best/cheapest way to buy the tickets. Buying an ORCA card for $5 each seemed something to avoid just to add value to it, so a cash fare was considered. We also heard of day passes being cheaper and available on the bus. From driver. So after confirming the pronunciation of the end point destination Mulkiteo from a guy in Starbucks over breakfast coffee – as you do. (He happened to grow up in Mulkiteo too) I confidently explained what I wanted with the driver. He asked me where we were from, then waved us on at no charge – despite me with handfuls of coins and notes!
Our first bus was a bus along the freeway with infrequent stops. We got off at Lynnwood transfer station, and I explained my ticket needs to three people inside that booth. I walked out with an ORCA card loaded with the right amount and instructions to tell each driver this was for TWO adult fares. This was making sense now. Next bus came along and we spent a hour winding the streets of the spread out suburbia of Seattle. It was good to see regular suburban life in action.
The Boeing tour was acceptable. Good value at $20 each, but with none of the details either of us we’re looking for. Apparently that’s on YouTube!!!
Great BIG engines.
Carbon fibre is extensively used in the 787 Dreamliner, and the Lamborghini Aventador
There’s a ‘museum’ and the factory tour. Photos are the museum
This dreamlifter is one of four and carries Dreamliner components from other factories to the assembly plant here.
We did get one shot of the factory floor.
Kerry didn’t like walking up or down this 12% hill, downside of public transport.
Bus ride back again, and fish and chips at Hard a Rock Cafe for dinner.
Tip, take screen prints of every valuable webpage for reference when there is no wifi.
Oh, an update on my cough/flu/bronchitis Nearly all better. Medication free for a few days now. 🙂
Our Air B&B host Jeff offered to drive us the kilometre to the train station, which we were grateful for.
Before this, we had a walk around the area and decided it was quite nice
Bags weighed, passports checked, we loaded our luggage under the coach and found a seat. Immediately they were uncomfortable sliding vinyl seats that meant sitting upright was tedious. Loud woman, front seat right side, lost her phone. Could the nice young man go check for it in the waiting area. Thirty seconds later, she’s found her phone, one of two. And prior to us pulling out she was already making calling on speakerphone seeking directions from the bus stop from some poor accommodation provider who was doing their best to remain polite – which they do very well.
We DID want a Greyhound experience!
After not long the border crossing was completed with the bus load being processed in an hour.
Our driver was quite uncommunicative. Not rude when spoken to, just announced nothing. Others had attempts at gleaning info, we said nothing.
Noisy woman got off, so Kerry and I took her front seat, and were very pleased we did. Much nicer views.
We chatted to a young couple in the other front seat
Flags were at half mast
Apparently there’d been five people killed at a random shooting at Macy’s, this Macy’s right here, on Friday. Creepy.
Dinner on the waterfront after checking into our funny little hotel again.