September 6 was spent mainly on trying to organize la bestia‘s forthcoming passage to South America. No word from shipping companies yet, but I remain hopeful — what other options are there, right? On September 7 we woke to sunshine and surprisingly mild temperatures.
We stopped at Fay Bainbridge Park for the night, right across from Seattle. Mt. Rainier was visible — the first time I got to see it as it had either been foggy or overcast during my previous two visits to the city. An active volcano, it is also the highest mountain of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range.
We closed the day with a bottle of Vinho Verde from blessed Trader Joe’s and gave a toast to my late maternal grandmother who passed away exactly eleven years ago. She was intrepid and well-traveled and would surely have loved to join for parts of this trip.