As the waiting period for the decision is still going on concerning my final base and run, I have spent the past week in the beautiful state of Washington. I was sent here to cover what I would call, the easiest E120 run of our network. Probably one of the most enjoyable too. From Monday to Friday, we fly UPS freight from Boeing field located at the heart of the Seattle metropolitan area, to Pasco and Walla Walla on the south eastern side of the state. For a change, the run operates during the day time with an early departure outbound and with a mid-afternoon inbound. The cherry on top being the incredible hotel where we layover during the day, called the Marcus Witman Hotel. It is an historical building where a lot of famous people have stayed. My suite is the one in which Eisenhower spent some time and bares his name on the massive entrance door. I should mention also the very tasty breakfast. As for the flying that I get to do, it offers a wide range of scenery. From the Puget Sound and wonderful Seattle harbor, we get to climb toward the snow covered Mount Rainier, the highest elevation in the lower 48 states with a summit elevation of 14,411 Ft. shortly after, begins the descent toward the rain shadow part of the cascade range, which has a much lower elevation and quickly becomes a windswept desert area where Pasco and about a hundred miles further, Walla Walla, are located. In less than 40 minutes the temperature can go from 30 to 70 degrees. I never expected such a variety of landscapes and after a few days spent in this side of the country, I understand why people enjoy living here. With everything going on lately, I almost wish I could get a longer taste of the Seattle lifestyle. As the state motto says, “Alki”, which means in Chinook Wawa, “Eventually”.