Over Seattle and Under California

Summer is the time to travel and if you have to fly there’s nothing like Seattle from the air, where on a clear day you can see forever –  at least across Puget Sound to the Olympics.

And if you’re lucky you’ll have close-up views of Mt. Rainier, as I did on our recent trip –

To Southern California.

Where we didn’t go to any amusement parks but didn’t need to – this time the rides were free.

A shake, a rattle and a roll – twice in fact – to the tune of  6.4 and 7.1 on the Richter scale. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been in an earthquake – I’m from Seattle and have  passed through two major ones here.

Still, you never get used to the floor moving under your feet and the lights swaying overhead and you hope and pray it will stop sooner than later. Fortunately for us it did – there were no casualties or serious damage where I was.

All in all, I’m happy to be home again where all is cool and calm.

~ Susanne

15 Comments on “Over Seattle and Under California

    • Thanks so much! It’s hard to take a bad picture when you’re next to the mountain and the sky is clear. Even if you only have your phone!

  1. You almost got a photo of me! I was the guy waving, out of frame, to the left of Mt. Rainier.

  2. Nice to see such magnificent views, Susanne. Not sure about earthquakes though. We do have them here, but they are tiny by comparison. And I have never experienced one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. t’s a good thing the epicenter was in the desert or the damage would have been so much worse. 7.1 is greater than the earthquakes I experienced in Seattle.

  3. Oh wow! So you were here for the earthquakes! I didn’t feel the first one but I did feel the second one. At first I thought it was Foster messing with stuff in the living room because I could hear rattling. Then it dawned on me: “Okay…” And that was all the way in Fresno, not even close to Ridgecrest! 😬But your photos as usual are beautiful!

    • Yes, we definitely felt both. The first one was shorter but we had no doubt what it was as the building was shaking. The second one was a little scarier as it seemed to roll and go on for a long time. I guess you never get used to them! Thanks for your comment as always! 🙂

  4. How ironic that you leave the earthquake threat in Washington only to experience the quakes in California. I still remember one in Oregon when I was a kid playing outdoors and lost my balance from the shaking.

    • I’m becoming quite a veteran! But I still don’t remember what you’re supposed to do when it happens. Stay put, go outside, get under a table, cover your head, it’s all lost in the moment!

  5. Whoa, you were in CA during the quakes? Surprisingly, we have earthquakes every few years in TN too. But they are much lower on the Richter scale, seem to come in the wee hours of the morning, and I always sleep through them (which is crazy, as others have said they were almost shaken from the bed).

    That view of Mt. Rainier from the plane is so awesome!

    • Thanks! Yes, I’ve been to Southern California many times but this was the first time I was there during an earthquake! And not just one but two! They always talk about the ‘big one’ both there and in Seattle. Hopefully I won’t experience those!

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