We had a student from Paris stay with us many years ago and her father called Seattle  “SEA-uh-tle.”  Randy and I have referred to it as SEA-uh-tle ever since.  Seattle is a great place to visit but a hard place to have an RV.  Last time we stayed in an awful KOA and picked up a mouse.

fullsizeoutput_47ccThis time we stayed at Issaquah Village RV park.  It is a nice enough place – nothing special, but pricey at a discounted rate of $55 per night.  But it is Seattle – and, so far, no mouse!

fullsizeoutput_47dbThe downside is the close proximity to I-90.  It is literally 100 yards away and the traffic noise is non-stop.   If you live here it probably becomes white noise.

fullsizeoutput_47d0We had a Handy Randy project right away. Our water heater wasn’t heating well on electric mode.  The T-Stat and connector had melted and needed to be replaced.  It is a common fail and Randy already had a spare from the last time.


He took the opportunity to play with a new toy – his Borescope camera.  


He drained the water heater, manipulated the camera inside and looked around.  He found nothing else amiss.   Randy thinks he could use his camera to do his own cystoscopies and send the video to his urologist in Boise.  Engineers….

fullsizeoutput_47d5We were very pleased to reconnect with friends Phil and Shirley.  They lived in Boise many years ago and it was very nice to sit with them and catch up.  It was very comfortable,  like the intervening years never happened.  Thanks Phil and Shirley!


We always catch a Mariner’s game if we are in Seattle during baseball season.


We had a nice sunny afternoon game and NO ONE SAT IN THE SEATS IN FRONT OF US!

fullsizeoutput_47dcWe enjoyed lunch at the field, having normal ball park fare – even peanuts later.  Safeco field was recently voted the stadium with the best food in all of baseball and they have an extensive variety.

You can even get chili-lime grasshoppers!  We weren’t tempted, even when a man sitting near us bought some and offered them around.


The Mariner’s ended up losing the game to Houston but we did see a triple play!  That is a rare event!


We went to the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour north of Seattle in Everett.


The entry has flags for the countries that have purchased planes from Boeing.

fullsizeoutput_47f6There are a variety of displays and simulators.  The 787 Dreamliner is the only Boeing plane with a number and name designation.


Pretend away in a 727 cockpit!


Plane purchasers choose and install interior seating.  I’d like to see a reclining seat like this on a long flight someday!


There were displays of Rolls Royce and General Electric engines.  The purchaser chooses which engines they want on their plane. 

fullsizeoutput_4802We saw one of only four Boeing Dream Lifters.   This huge cargo plane gathers parts from all over the world to assemble the 787 Dreamliner in Everett or North Charleston, South Carolina.

fullsizeoutput_4800We stored our cameras and cell phones in provided lockers and loaded onto the bus to access the factory.  The Everett Boeing Factory is the largest building,  by volume, in the world.  It is over 114 feet tall and covers 98.3 acres. All of Disneyland would fit inside and still have 12 acres for a parking garage!


P1010174The outside mural is the largest digital graphic in the world. Both the building and mural are recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Brochure photo 

We were able to see 747,  767,  777 and 787 planes on assembly lines.  Unfortunately, we were at the factory during shift change and didn’t see any work being done.  This plant employs 30,000 people and few, if any, robots.


Brochure photo

fullsizeoutput_47faAlthough we missed seeing active assembly at the factory, we did see inside one of the painting bays – supposedly a rare event.  (This picture is from a viewing area once we got  the camera back.)  A brand new FedEx plane was getting painted in a building specific for that purpose.  It takes five days to paint a plane, adding 1000 pounds of weight in the process.

The completed plane has two test flights by Boeing pilots, each lasting 2-4 hours in length.   When Boeing is satisfied, the purchaser is invited to come to Everett to complete their test flights. Once everyone is happy with the plane’s performance, Boeing gives the purchaser 1/3 of a tank of fuel and a send-off party in thanks for the $200-400 million purchase.   

Randy asked about the Boeing numbering systems for their planes.  He was told that the company began with the lower numbers but as production evolved the engineering department decided to categorize products by design type.  These were done in 100 unit intervals:

200, 300 and 400 series were propeller aircraft

500 series were turbine engine aircraft

600 are rocket and missile products  and

700 are jet transport aircraft

In the 700 series, the second number is the model sequence, 727 before 737 etc.   Newer doesn’t mean bigger as 747 models are still the largest.  The last seven was suggested by the marketing department to sound good and be easy to remember.


Brochure photo

There was a lot of interesting information on the tour.  Some of it, such as production times,  was only given in generalities due to industrial security.   In addition to not being able to take pictures, we also couldn’t take notes  You may not be missing all the cool facts and figures from the Boeing Factory Tour but I was very frustrated with not being able to bring them to you!

About Serene

Former full time RVers, transitioned to homeowners and travelers. We've still got a map to finish! Home is the Phoenix area desert and a small cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona.
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4 Responses to “SEA-uh-tle”

  1. Shirley Reitz says:

    It was so fun to catch up with you! Safe travels tomorrow. Northbound I-5 promises to be busy with all the folks heading up to see the tulip fields!

  2. Teri McClelland says:

    That looks like a wonderful factory tour! I’m always disappointed when cameras aren’t allowed. I wish more companies would offer tours. Great blog!

  3. Mark says:

    We’ve had that water heater T-stat burn up on our trailer also. Nice to have something to work on…

    I’m intrigued by Randy’s idea to use the borescope on himself. But it would probably void the warranty or something. Probably better to stick with using it on the truck and trailer!

    I’ve heard that painting planes adds significant weight and that is why many airlines use minimal paint. Hard to imagine 1000 pounds of paint, but once I think of the number of 5 gallon (43 pound) pails of paint I’ve put on a house I can see where it really adds up!

  4. Elaine Ehlers says:

    As usual I thank you for a trip that I would never have but I agree I would have preferred your pictures but one can’t always have ones way. May you have many more safe trips.

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