There will be more once I’m done with various photos, but that’s going to take a while. For now, a summary:
* 7/16: drove to Eugene, saw the game at PK Park next to Autzen Stadium. Nice place, though some of the shooting locations in the ballpark were a bit further away than I’m used to. After Eugene’s manager got tossed in the bottom of the 9th arguing balls and strikes (it went almost 5 minutes) I turned to the photographer next to me and said, “Might as well end it now.” No kidding, next pitch: walkoff home run.
* 7/17: had VooDoo Doughnuts at the Eugene location (not bad, but probably overrated), drove to Salem, stopped off at the Oregon state capitol building, saw the game at Volcanoes Stadium. Mariners #3 pick Mike Zunino hit two home runs in his fourth professional game for visiting Everett, who beat Salem-Keizer. No photo wells at the place but the shooting spots were still great. Drove to Portland for the motel.
* 7/18: did a little wandering before lunch with a couple people at the downtown food carts. After that, got to Tacoma and rushed over to Cheney Stadium with a little time to spare before the game. That was the 18-inning marathon I wrote about, ending with a position player who’d come in to pitch hitting a walkoff homer.
* 7/19: wandered around Tacoma’s inner harbor area, which had some decent sights. Shot my second game in Tacoma, a Sacramento blowout win. Left at 10 PM to make it up to the Seattle area before it got too late, where I stayed with friends.
* 7/20-22: worked from there, though on the 21st I went out to a car with a completely dead battery so I had to get that replaced. Good thing that happened when it did and not while I was in the middle of any part of the trip.
* 7/23: up early to get on the ferry to Victoria, BC from Seattle. Nice ride, though the waters were rough enough getting close to the end that everyone looked drunk when they were walking around. Hopped a tour bus to go to Butchart Gardens and two hours was too short to really enjoy everything, but part of that was me having to speed it up after I realized I was taking too long in one area. Checked into the hotel, got some Canadian money, then did some walking around the harbor and a few blocks away here and there to see various things. Went back out a little after 9 PM to take pics around the harbor & parliament building at night.
* 7/24: checked out some of the interior of the Empress then toured inside the parliament building. That was worth seeing. They also had some people dressed in period clothes to act like certain people from the past. We got the architect, Francis Rattenbury. You can look him up for more info. After that I rented a bike because I didn’t think I’d have enough time to see what I wanted by walking alone, and my feet were already complaining from the day before. Hadn’t rode in nearly 15 years but I had Tim Horton’s before seeing Craigdarroch Castle, going over the Johnson Street Bridge (“Big Blue”) to see the harbor from the other side, Chinatown, parts of Beacon Hill Park and the coastal road back into the harbor, then the miniature world at one side of the Empress. The bike helped a lot because most of those places were multiple blocks away and back from the same central area. Then, rode the ferry back to Seattle and stayed in Olympia for the night.
* 7/25: checked out the Washington state capitol in Olympia, which was really impressive, then drove on to Redding for the night. Went out to the Sundial Bridge with the tripod to do some shooting with a DSLR.
* 7/26: went back to the Sundial Bridge to get some morning shots around 9 AM, then got back on the road to get home by 1 PM. Now it’s time to catch up on everything and go through a few thousand photos.