We lay in long after Tommy had left for work this morning and spent a lazy morning blogging (still not caught up!), with the advantage of a computer each to get as much done as possible. We had arranged to meet Tommy for lunch before hitting the road, so just after 12 he called to give us directions to the restaurant, and to explain how to lock the house. This was a little complicated, but I managed it, with just one call to clarify how to shut the garage door. We met Tommy outside a small restaurant called Thai Beer, which didn’t look like much from the outside, but was both delicious and cheap. I had the green curry, but my only mistake was asking for medium instead of mild, there was SO much chilli in there, but it was delicious none the less. After lunch we bid Tommy farewell, thanking him profusely for having us to stay, but also for introducing us to couchsurfing which has saved us SO much money. Back in the car, we called our couchsurfing hosts for Seattle, Rachel and Matt, who had very kindly accepted our rather last minute request, to get their address. The drive was relatively easy, mostly just following the I-5 all the way, with patchy rain following us northwards. About an hour south of Seattle we visited the city of Tacoma, where we had one place that we wanted to visit, Stadium High School. Another high school? Yes, and this one was another film location, used in the film 10 Things I Hate About You.

The football field and bleachers from 10 Things I Hate About You

Luckily, school was long finished by the time we got there, so we didn’t look quite so creepy taking pictures of the football field and of the school building, which is based on a French chateau, so is rather impressive. One dog walker did give us a very odd look, so we talked loudly about the movie as she passed us, in an attempt not to look like complete creeps. A few photos later, after spotting the plethora of security cameras we decided it was time to return to the car and continue on to Seattle.

...and the school building.

Rachel and Matt would not be home until 8.30pm so we headed to the nearest Starbucks to use their internet (and electricity) to blog for a couple of hours while we waited. Once we arrived at Rachel and Matt’s they were so welcoming, and we were surprised to have not a couch, but a bedroom of our own complete with four poster bed. It was also a pleasant surprise to find that they are both vegan, and were able to recommend some veggie friendly places to eat inSeattle, which is great. We joined them for some home made potato wedges and chatted for ages before we all headed to bed.