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A Tourist In Seattle, Part 1 January 14, 2010

Filed under: Route 66,Seattle,Travel — Janet @ 12:23 am

I am enjoying exploring my home-to-be.  In 1958 I applied to the University of Washington in Seattle to do graduate studies in geography.  I did not receive a favorable reply.  In fact I did not receive any reply at all.  The 2 other universities I applied to both offered me teaching fellowships but as I recall, the terms for the post at Northwestern were more attractive – so Evanston Illinois is where I spent the academic year, 1959-60, including a summer school in Platteville Wisconsin to learn fieldwork.

The following September I travelled to Evanston to attend the wedding of one of my Middlebury College roommates.  I met up with some of my Northwestern friends and the upshot of that was that I joined these friends, Helene and Bob and (mad) Mohammed Mohammed, for a road trip to the West Coast – all the way on Route 66, as it then was.    

Upon arrival in Palm Springs near Los Angeles, Mohammed delivered the car to its owner, and Helene and Bob and I flew north to San Francisco to visit friends and go camping in the Sierra Nevada.  Still footloose, I decided to take the bus North to visit another college roommate who was teaching in Seattle – my first arrival in Seattle, September 1959.

I thought Seattle was a wonderful place then – (and I still do now.)

Photo credit – 1994 view, heading west out of Chicago