03.09.2010 - 03.09.2010 30 °C
My last full day in the United States. I'm really in disbelief. I've had a terric time and now does seem like the right time to move on, go home and close the book on my US travels.
This morning I caught the shuttle up to Seattle Washington University. The heat today was blistering (where is this Pacific North-West rain?!) so the opportunities to tour the inside of the University's cooler buildings was welcome relief. I made my way down the the University's main drag which, when standing at its beginning, points directly to Mt. Rainer - a Unviersity with a view. I did my best to catch a few pages of my book whilst lying on the lawn, but the sun got the better of me and, as has become relatively common for me, I ended up catching 40 winks.
Back into Seattle and I went to Safeco Field, the home of the city's baseball team - the Seattle Seahawks. Another quintessentially America experience was to be had - a beer in the bleachers at a Friday night baseball game. The game was nothing to write home about; one run for the home side in the first innings was the only score. But, this game was as much about what was going on outside the stadium. As the sun came down I caught myself and thought about all those other sunsets I had seen; watching boats rock in the sea off Bar Harbor's rocky coast, sat outside houses from a different time in gentle Charleston, on Miami's South Beach on Independence Day, the last glimmer of the day's light bouncing off a trumpeters instrument in New Orleans and that was just the first month.
My bags (I now have two to go alongside the rucsac I came out with) are packed. My boots are out. Good night America.