Wednesday, November 28, 2007

From Arcadia to Seattle (well, Tukwila and some walking involved)

Of course, since the inspirational post for this series was written by Archie Binns more than seventy years ago in The Roaring Land, I should document the same journey from just around Shelton, nearest to Archadia, to Seattle.

It was a big shopping trip for the Binns', but for us, it's just a lets-look-and-see.

First, you need to set out for a walk. There is no bus that's take your from where Archie grew up on a stump farm, so walk to the Red Apple Market. To catch the 8:20 a.m. Route 6 bus and cover your 5.8 mile route, you'll need to leave the house by 6:00. Leave a bit sooner, you can buy some coffee and an apple at the Red Apple for breakfast. Either way, you're already behind Binns, who had the boat pick him up right on his beach.

The bus to Olympia gets in pretty early, you're there by 11:25 a.m. You have some time in Olympia to get over to Bayview and pick up lunch.

The trusty 603 picks you up at noon and gets you into Tacoma by 1:10 p.m.

So, instead of actually going into Seattle, I'm going to take it easy and drop down into the South Center mall, since this is a memorial of a shopping trip. And, where else would you go shopping in King County, if not the mall?

The Sound Transit 594 picks you up at 1:28 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome Station, dropping you off at the Spokane Street Transit Center at 2:04 p.m. Of course, that's way to far north, so you have to turn around and take the King County Metro 150 back down into Tukwila at 2:41 p.m.

So, just cross the highway over-pass on foot, and you're shopping like the Binns family.

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