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Old 12th July 2010, 19:36   #31
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Good idea, nice thread and amazing photos. Liked all of them.
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Looks like Karnataka (specially, the wet part) will need another trip (or at least 6-7 days of a trip) ..
@LongDriveLover -- Thanks!
Karnataka surely has much more than the Nh17 stretch. And there are loads of threads to refer to.

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This is the next set of snaps. Mostly from Seattle and Around. Dallas and around. SFO.
I would travel abroad mostly to work with mobile operators. And hence a full cycle of staging and deploying a telecom product in the network takes a good 3 months. So, i got to stay at Seattle-bellevue for 3 months, twice. Visited SFO, where my sister was staying till 2008.

Seattle is the lake country. Lake side living is not a luxury here. Weather is perfect. Neither hot, nor very cold. It snows for sure in winter. But just for a week. The greenery, the narrow lanes and old unique architecture of its own. It all seems very perfect here at seattle.
Except the rains.
We visisted the following places around:
1. Snoqualmie falls
2. Multnomaoh falls (Oregon)
3. Wahkeena falls (Oregon)
4. alpental (Ski zone)
5. Mt.Vernon and Skagit valley --For the Tulip festival.
6. Mt.Rainier -- 1 magnificient mountain standing above all others in this Rocky mountain range.

Also visited Richardson, Dallas. Nothing much to see around Dallas, to be frank. You can hog quite well though, with so many nice restaurants to eat.
Winter in Dallas is quite chilly. But doesnt really snow. 2009 was different. A lot of snow! So i clicked.

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On the way from Seattle to Snoqualmie pass on I-90
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Grape Vine Lake -- 25 miles from dallas. The amazing thing about this area was, it was just outside the DFW International airport. and evey min, you could see atleast 6 to 8 planes landing or taking off. Time passes by very easily
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Kite festival near Bellevue
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next 3 snaps are at Mt.Rainier national park. and the Mt.Rainier peak.
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We drove 900 miles in a single day in 2 cars.
Seattle - Renton - Olympia - Portland - Multnomoah Falls. (I-405)
While coming back, we drove to pacific beach drive on US-101 and came to Seattle via Olympia again, where US101 joins I-405.
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Pike place market - Seattle downtown
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Wahkeena falls -- Again in oregon state.

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Tulip gardens at Mt,Vernon/Skagit valley. This place is 60 miles north of Bellevue/Seattle. We need to drive on I-405 North.
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Snoqualmie Falls is 25 miles north of Bellevue/Seattle. One needs to drive on I-90 East to reach this falls.

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Family Re-union at SFO
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Pier 39 at SFO
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Getting to see a different part of the world in different colours, different steeds, different weather with the same people. I hope the symmetry-rainierdrive.jpg was shot from the moving car. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Slightly late to comment but can not help it. It would be better to call BOP O for Ox. Did you notice carefully what happened to BOP in front of BHP?

BTW the Dallas and Seattle pics are good. The tulip garden (though here only six rows flowering) reminded me of picturisation of "dekha ek khwab to ye silsile hue". I dont know where it was shot? Kashmir or somewhere else.

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Old 12th July 2010, 20:11   #34
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When did Karnataka change to Dallas ! Nice snaps. Dallas has not much to offer. You need to head more towards Austin.

Also in Dallas where ever you go, we will end up with Indian UTD (univ. Texas Dallas) students all over the hotels/places, working their way up!
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Old 12th July 2010, 20:18   #35
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@ampere. You are right.
But i missed going to Galveston and San Antonio. I wanted to experience the river side life in the city.

@aargee -- Everytime, i am out of the country, i think of Malnad. The feeling what you go through when you see that the flight has just enteres Indian air, is something which i go through everytime. Same people. Different country.

@TaureanBull -- I expected atleast some one to comment on the BCP-BHP !!
I realised it after posting. I then thought i would answer any comment on that with "C for cattle. Not cow :P" . Yes, BOP seems more apt.

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Old 12th July 2010, 22:39   #36
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Serendipity can create wonders sometimes. I just notice that you'd propped your camera on the car and set the timer mode. With you people in foreground and the Golden Gate in the background, wait a min, what else is captured? Surprise surprise, the reflection of you people and the GGB on the car!
Nice photo.
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With you people in foreground and the Golden Gate in the background, wait a min, what else is captured? Surprise surprise, the reflection of you people and the GGB on the car!
Nice photo.
Yeah. Nice catch MX6!
I had been to SanJose for just 3 days. Was fortunate to visit the GoldenGate. Watta place it is. Just loved it. Spent some time on the Pier 39 for some shopping. It was pretty chilly, what with the cold wind blowing from the Pacific.
And ofcourse, a big IceCream at Girardeli. Nice times.

One small story here:
This was the time, when my sis and bro-in-law were in SanJose. My parents on a 4 month trip to her house in US. I was on a month long trip to Dallas. And visited there. Then, i came back to Bangalore. Home Along. Had just bought a 800. You can imagine the freedom. The feeling.
I went to Shiradi in the worst of monsoons alone. Drove to Agumbe, Sringeri solo. That was the only chance i got to attempt solo drives.
Then it was family time Ofcourse, i enjoy this better. Drive loving companion.
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Old 13th July 2010, 10:21   #38
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A delicious photo, from the International House of Pancakes
Choco pancakes, Normal buttermilk pancakes, and a veggie Omlette.

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Now, we go back to India. Karnataka.
We drove to a Coffee Estate in the town of Kutta, by name Manu Estate.
The homestay is called Green Resort. It is run by Mr.Manu. Husband and wife stay there, with their children in bigger cities.
Accomodation consists of a old farm house which holds a group of 8-10.
And, there is the new house that they have, with 3 doubebed rooms. The hospitality is very homely and personal. We drove into wayanad sanctuary road which leads from Kuttu to wayanad twice, with the anticipation of sighting wildlife. We did sight the Bisons, deer, mongoose, Elephants.

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The omlette and pancake snap is splendid. Mouthwatering already...
I see my car in misty Kudremukh snap and Tadiyandamol snap just reminds me of the Maggie that we had to cook in the eve for 6 of us
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I see my car in misty Kudremukh snap and Tadiyandamol snap just reminds me of the Maggie that we had to cook in the eve for 6 of us
@Anup -- Well your car and VJ's car would ideally have to appear in all the road trips. Will post more of them.

I do treks for 2 reasons:
1. Look at more sky and stars than i could, in city.
2. Eat Maggi.

Well, KP trek was done for Lunch at Bhatru mane. :P

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Where is the manu estate? The place looks nice!
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@ampere
Drive from Bangalore - Srirangapatna - Hunsur - Nagarahole - Kutta.

At Kutta town, there is a Canara Bank, you would see on the left side. Take the left, next to that bank. Just 100 meters on that narrow lane leads into the estate gates.

Tariff should be Rs.2700 per couple. -- If u stay in one of the rooms in the Bunglow.
Rs.900 per person, if u stay in the Old farm house. They will provide this, only for a bigger group.
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You love maggi? WOW. I love maggi too! I can eat Maggi anytime in the day (or night). Even after a heavy dinner.
I was in Bradford, UK for 3 months. I heard that they were selling 30 packets of Maggi in Mullaco at Dewsbury for just 50 pence. I picked up a full box for 50 pence though the expiry date was lapsed by 2 months. Yeah, in UK, certain things go completely unnoticed.
I had one packet to see whether they do any harm to me. I finished the 30 packs in a week and was there outside mullaco next weekend for more maggi.
Not because it was cheap. Because that's one place in a 100 mile radius where we got Maggi.
Later I found that there's another shop called Patel near Bradford selling Maggi. His stock is fresh and gets sold off the day it comes. So I watched it for ages and the moment I saw maggi in his shop, I made away with 12 packs. It was 50 pence per pack!
Maggi is Amruth for vegitarians in a foriegn land!
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I picked up a full box for 50 pence though the expiry date was lapsed by 2 months. Yeah, in UK, certain things go completely unnoticed.
....shop called Patel near Bradford selling Maggi.
Maggi is Amruth for vegitarians in a foriegn land!
Did you appear in any Maggi Ads Thats a lot of maggi for a week MX6!

And looks like a "Patel" shop or a Taj exports is mandatory on any city on this planet.

I had carried 2 family packs of maggi, here (Vietnam). I finished them in the first 2 weeks, being lazy to cook anything else. Then, i missed them badly. I was using only a portion of the maggi masala for every cake. So i was left with masala. I boil local Vietnamese rice noodles. And Add maggi masala to it
Now, an Indian restaurant is delivering me some good food.
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Over the last decade, I have learnt to customize my Maggi with various experiments.
Soups, Pastas, Salads, Peanuts, Haldiram Namkeen and what not!

But the base IS Maggi!

So you guessed it right. Even I can eat Maggi any time of the day!
How can one not love the first thing he ever cooked?

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