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									Vol. 13 No. 3
                        Traveling Times
                          Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Newsletter                           March 2006




                          50 Years and Counting
      Believe it or not BETC will be 50 years old in June. We’ve certainly covered the world, made
lots of friends and have stories to tell. This is great time to think back and recall members we
haven’t seen for awhile. If you have a story to share or names of previous members who might like
to attend the party, let Jane or Blanche know. We’re going to have party, details to follow.

Program for March
Rob Lovig of Cardinal Tours will present the Queen Charotte Islands trip which is planned for June.
To accommodate Rob’s schedule, he will present early in the meeting. After the break Jim and
Carole Chapman will show a video on their trip to the Galapagos.

Greeters and Security
Bob and Fran Johnson will be our Greeters for March.. Many thanks to Paul and Birgit Hunter who were our
Greeters for February. Also thanks to Jim Ewing for acting as Security Monitor.

Program for April
Dave Plesha from Collette Vacations will provide a video overview of 6 possible trips to be considered in
2007. These trips are to the New England Islands, Bermuda, South Dakota and the Black Hills, Croatia,
Sicily, and Washington DC

Time Slips Away
To get the best rates many of our tours require deposits months in advance. There is still room on
the Italy tour which is a one of a kind offering. It departs Seattle April 1 st. The Fantasy Cruise to
Princess Louisa Inlet May 25-31 is filling fast. The boat only holds 32. Mt Rushmore trip, June 13-
22, intent is needed to secure trip. The Queen Charlotte Islands also has limited space. Mackinaw
Island and Great Lakes, September 17-24, group air is now being booked. Empress of the North,
Dec 28-Jan 4, need to book by April 1st to guarantee the special rate. Details can be found in the
“Lets Go” section.



Lets Go!!!!               POLICIES FOR CLUB-SPONSORED TOURS
Tour escort costs may be defrayed. BETC cancellation policies are negotiated with carrier (s) and vendor (s) at
the time of contract and will vary with each trip or event. Portions of a trip may not be refundable. BETC will
continue to encourage “wait lists” to help find replacements for cancellations. Non-Members are welcome to
come as BETC member guests on any trip. For most trips, a small fee for non-members will be added: $2 for
short trips (1-2 days), $5 for medium (3-6 days) and $10 for trips lasting seven days or more. Also, the
Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement form must be signed by members and guests.
Please Note: Expression of interest in trips sponsored by the club helps our vendors and us tremendously in
     planning for these trips. Please call or e-mail the BETC Focal or another Board member, or put your name on
     a sign-up sheet at the meeting. Remember: Your only guarantee of a place on any trip is to put down a
     deposit.
     Acronym Definitions: ppdo per person, double occupancy ppso per person, single occupancy

     Girl of My Dreams at the Issaquah Theatre: March 26th Matinee
     Join your BETC friends for lunch at Finn’s Bistro and then enjoy this play at 2:00 PM.
     Cost: Approximately $35.00 per person and lunch is on your own.
     BETC Focal: Alex Henschel at 425-277-4017 or alexhenschel@msn.com


                Umbria and Tuscany: April 1-12, 2006
     Time is running out for this customized trip.
     Join Alessandra Gardino as she leads us to still hidden treasures all over Umbria and Tuscany.
     We will fly to Rome and transfer to Orvieto for the night after dinner in an Etruscan cave. Unpack your bags in Gubbio,
     Italy’s best preserved medieval village where Alessandra’s 800 year old palace is located. and spend 5 days exploring
     central Italy. Visit hidden monasteries and mystic churches, tour the Basilica in Assisi and enjoy a private wine tasting in
     Spello. In Tuscany visit Siena and experience two full days in Florence.
     Cost: $2550 ppdo (land only). Air can be arranged with the Elizabeth Holmes Travel Agency 206-547-8361.
     BETC Focal: Judy Bosnake 425-965-2163 or judy.a.bosnake@boeing.com
     Tour Agent: Montgomery & Gardino Expeditions at www.mg-expeditions.com



Repositioning Cruise - Dawn Princess May 9-12
 This is a good way to try out cruising or another line, have a reunion or just relax. These cruises usually provide representative
service, food and entertainment of longer cruises on the same line.
Enjoy a three night cruise on the Dawn Princess- San Francisco to Vancouver, B.C.
If the Regional Promotion is still in effect the rate is $299.ppdo for an inside cabin and $399 ppdo for Ocean view to Balcony
(best available). If the promotion is not in effect the group rate is inside $309.ppdo and balcony $499.ppdo
Rates include port taxes and current taxes and fees. Taxes of $29 are additional, as is airfare.
If Princess books the air it is $351.00 and includes transfers between airports and piers.
Deposit $200.00 per cabin at time of booking.
Travel Agents: Mary Jacob or Lisa Caulfield of Professional Travel Service at 1-800-275-9876, or Mary at:
grouptravelspecialist@comcast.net
There may be other dates on other ships available


              Majestic Wilderness Passage Cruise – Princess Louisa Inlet: May 25-31
     This cruise aboard the 130 foot MV Island Spirit is a seven day, six night experience for the visitor who has “been there-
     done that”. We’ll get off the beaten track and go further north to beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls-
     and kayak, hike, or take our skiff around the fjord. Our ports of call will be Coupeville, Friday Harbor, Nanaimo. Sidney,
     B.C., Port Townsend, Montague Harbor and of course, Princess Louisa. Included are all meals on the vessel and open
     menu at the Dinghy Pub at Protection Island; all daily cocktail parties and crew lectures; all port charges and taxes and
     transportation from Oxbow.
     Cost: Approximately $1999.00 ppdo. Deposit: $300.pp upon booking
     BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 425-271-6237 or hjbphb@comcast.net
     Tour Agent: Capt. Jeff Behrens of Fantasy Cruises 1-800-234-3861 or www.sanjuanislandcruises.com

              Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone & the Badlands – June 13-22
     Fly to Denver where a welcome dinner awaits. The next day head for Cheyenne, the Black Hills and Rapid City for a three
     night stay. Visit the famous Wall Drug Store, enjoy a chuck wagon supper at the Flying T Ranch. Day four includes two
     visits to Mt Rushmore so you can enjoy it in the daylight and also illuminated at night. You’ll also see the Crazy Horse
     monument which is still in progress. The next day visit Deadwood made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
     Stop at Devil’s Tower and then on to Sheridan for the night. We’ll go to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center before entering
     Yellowstone where we’ll spend two nights in the park. After leaving Yellowstone we’ll go to Jackson travelling through Grand
     Teton Nat’l Park. Our last night will be spent in Salt Lake City where we’ll have a city tour featuring Temple Square and the
     Tabernacle.
     Includes: Air, 9 nights accommodations, 14 meals, tips and gratuities, insurance waiver, transportation from home to airport
     if we have at least 10 people sign-up.
     Rate: $2158.00 ppdo, single supplement is $750. Deposit: $300.pp (credit cards ok)
     Tour Operator: Premier World Discovery , Redondo Beach,Ca – Kelly Ross
     BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 hjbphb@comcast.net

     Queen Charlotte Islands Man and Nature Tour: June 17-29
     This series is designed for small groups who have an adventurous spirit and are free of mobility constraints.
     The tour starts in Vancouver with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology. Ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria with a
     City Tour and Buchart Gardens. On to Port Hardy and then Prince Rupert by ferry . Board another ferry that takes you
     to Skidegate on the Queen Charlotte Islands where you’ll stay at locally owned B&Bs right on the main street. Travel
     along the Graham Island Highway to the villages of New Masset and Old Maaset.. A local guide with tell about the
     cultural and ecological significance of the area. Next day set off on your adventure through the marine ecosystem of
     Gwaii Hannas or beautiful southern islands of the Queen Charlottes. Travel by zodiac with local guides to the best
     cultural and ecological sights depending upon weather and group preferences. Spend a night in a floating log cabin.
     Travel again by zodiac to Rose Harbour for the night. After an organic meal, the last day of marine exploration will be
     around the southern tip of archipelago. Board a seaplane and fly over Gwaii Hannas on the way back to Queen
     Charlotte City. Ferry back to Prince Rupert and the main land. Ride in the Totem Deluxe Class cabin on VIA Rail to
     Prince George. After breakfast it is off to the airport and back to Vancouver. Includes 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches,1 tea
     and 6 dinners.
     Due to the fragile ecosystem this trip is limited to 16 and is RT Vancouver, B.C.
     Rate: $3899. (USDSS) Code QC0601
     Tour Provider: Cardinal Travel 1-800-661-6161
     Travel Agent:; Lou Noess of Normandy Travel 206-824-4682 or kanmanc@aol.com
     BETC Focal: Blanche Arbogast 253-833-0795

    Mystery Trip: July/August Timeframe
     In the works!
      BETC Focal: Rod Call 425-255-8550 or rfcall@aol.com

     Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and The Great Lakes: September 17-24, 2006
    Arrive in Detroit and spend the first night in nearby Dearborn where after visiting the Ford Rouge (the world’s largest
    automotive complex) you’ll have a choice of touring Greenfield Village or the Henry Ford Museum. Then on to the Bavarian
    town of Frankenmuth with a stop at Bronner’s Christmas store. The next day we’ll go to charming Mackinaw Island where
    we’ll spend two nights and have dinner at the world famous Grand Hotel. On day five, move on to Sault Ste. Marie on the
    Upper Peninsula known for the Soo Locks and Ship Wreck Museum. Going from Bar Harbor to Grand Rapids, try some
    Michigan cherries and go to The Music House. Once in Grand Rapids enjoy a visit to the Gerald Ford Museum. On the last
    day we’ll go to Chicago and have a brief tour before going to O’Hare for those who do not wish to extend their stay in
    Chicago. Meals included are 1 special reception, 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners.
    Rate: $2293 ppdo ($1826 land + $402 Air + 65 Tax). Insurance is $109.
    Deposit: $200 pp or $309 with insurance Code A1 60917. For credit cards call the Globus Group Desk at: 1-866-821-2752 ext. 7180 and
     give the code and state that you are with Boeing Employee’s Travel Club
     Chicago Post-trip: Three nights at W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, 3 breakfasts and a lake cruise is $430.ppdo
    Tour Operator: Globus Tours, Diane Witt 425-227-8358J
    BETC Focal: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 or hjbphb@comcast.net


            Pacific NW Coast Cruise – 4 days October 2-6
Round trip Seattle on Celebrity’s Mercury. This no flying necessary mini-cruise includes ports of Campbell River, B.C.(doc) and
Prince Rupert, B.C.(dock) and a day of cruising the inside passage. This is a nice little get away on a first class cruise line where
you’ll be pampered, entertained and certainly well fed.
Rates Per person double occupancy: Deposit $200.00 per cabin
Concierge Class - $699 ;Verandah - $649 ;Ocean view Cat. 5 - $564;Ocean view Cat. 7 - $529
These rates include port charges and current government taxes and fees.
They also include a special onboard gift!
BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580 or hjbphb@comcast.net
Travel Agents: Mary Jacob or Lisa Caulfield of Professional Travel Service at 1-800-275-9876, or Mary at:
grouptravelspecialist@comcast.net

    Turkish Delight: October 13- 27, 2006 (possibly wait listed)
    Could this be the trip of the year?
    Your Istanbul stay includes visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and the Grand Bazaar. Cross the
     Bosphorus into Asia Minor and continue to Bursa, where sightseeing includes the Green Ottoman Complex, and the Great
    Mosque. Via Gordian, continue to King Midas' Earth Tumulus. In Ankara, capital of the Turkish Republic, visit the
    Mausoleum of Atatürk and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. On the volcanic plateau of Cappadocia visits to the early
    Christians' Rock Chapels in the unreal moon-landscape of Göreme and the underground city of Özkonak are included.
    Explore the exotic Caravansaries of Agcikarahan and Sultanhani, and take pictures of the lime cascades formed by the hot
   springs at Pamukkale. Enjoy a full day at leisure in the Mediterranean city of Antalya before discovering the
   fascinating history of Ephesus, Troy and the World War I ANZAC Cemetery on your way back to Istanbul.
    This trip includes roundtrip airfare from Seattle with all airport taxes and fuel surcharges included.
    Cost: $2587 per person. Single Supplement is $336. Tips of $150 per person will be paid to BETC for
          disbursement during the trip
    Deposit: $200 per person by March 1st to hold your reservation. Trip insurance of $109 ($139 for Travel Plus)
    per person at time of deposit if you want the coverage. A trip discount of $150 per person if deposit is made
    by March 1st. An additional $50 discount per person for AARP members.
    Final Payment: Due by August 9, 2006. Deposits and final payments may be made by check or credit card.
    BETC Focal: Alex Henschel 425-277-4017 or alexhenschel@msn.com
    Tour Agent: Globus Family, Diane Witt 1-800-851-0728 ext. 4007 or dwitt@globusandcosmos.com

    Aegean Discovery: October 27 to November 7, 2006
    Take this trip as an extension to the Turkish Delight trip or separately

    Visit the Acropolis as well as other famous sights in Athens before continuing to Delphi, to visit the ancient sanctuary of the
   god Apollo. After a ferry ride across the Gulf of Corinth, learn about the history of the original Olympic Games in Olympia.
   Then take in the scenery through the Arkadian Mountains on your way to visit Mycenae and Epidaurus. Next set sail on the
   deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea for a three-day cruise. Highlights along the way include visits to the Greek islands of
   Mykonos, Rhodes and Patmos, as well as the Turkish port of Kusadasi. This tour includes outside cabins.
        Optional Add on to the Turkey trip: Fly from Istanbul to Athens and spend 2 days on your own before
          joining this tour.
        Cost: $3952 for both the Turkish Delight and Aegean Discovery trips. $2783 for this trip alone.
         of $110 will be collected by BETC for tip disbursement during the trip.
        Deposit: $200 by March 1, 2006. A trip discount of $150 per person if you deposit by March 1st and an
        additional $50 for AARP members. $400 deposit for both trips with a $300 discount by March 1st
        and a $100 AARP discount.
        Final Payment: Due August 9, 2006. Deposits and final payment can be made by check or credit card.
        BETC Focal: Alex Henschel 425-277-4017 or alexhenschel@msn.com
        Tour Agent: Diane Witt of the Globus Family 1-800-851-0728 ext 4007 or dwitt@globusandcosmos.com

New Year’s Cruising the Columbia River on the Empress of the North
December 28, 2006- January 4, 2007
     Day 1    Board the Empress in Portland.
     DAY 2    Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River, with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Motor coach to Mt.
              St. Helens National Volcanic Monument where you may look right into the volcanic crater from the nearby observatory and
              interpretive center. (Views of the mountains and the crater may vary due to weather and road conditions.)
     DAY 3    Port call at Astoria or a motor coach tour to Coxcomb Hill and Astoria Column. Visit Lewis & Clark’s Fort Clatsop. Visit the
               Columbia River Maritime Museum and have time on your own to explore historic Astoria.
      DAY 4    You’ll transit Bonneville Lock and Dam and port call at Stevenson, WA. Visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Multnomah
               Falls and Bonneville Dam. Return to the ship for afternoon cruising on the Columbia River.
      DAY 5    Bow land at historic Umatilla to visit the Fort Walla Walla Museum, the Whitman Mission and one of Walla Walla’s 35 wineries.
               After lunch at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, reboard the Empress.
      DAY 6    Take a safe yet thrilling whitewater jet boat ride deep into Hells Canyon. Return to the Empress for afternoon cruising on the
               Snake River. A Nez Perce native will join you onboard to share the history and culture of his people.
               Rates include: Accommodations in River-view staterooms, based on double occupancy. Shore excursion in
               every port; All meals and entertainment on board; Current port charges of $134 per person; Current fuel surcharge
               of $40 per person; Group Trip Cancellation/ Interruption insurance.
               Rates*: Cat. C – First Class River view ,                   $1471 per person, double
                        Cat. CC – First Class River view with Verandah - $1774 per person, double
                        Cat. BB – Superior with Verandah -                 $2828 ppdo
               Travel Agents: Mary Jacob or Lisa Caulfield of Professional Travel Service at 1-800-275-9876, or at:
               grouptravelspecialist@comcast.net.
               BETC Contact: Jane Bentley 253-520-6580
               * rates apply for reservations on deposit by April 1, 2006.


                                                            Trip Reports
                                     Spirit of Washington Dinner Train, February 25
Fourteen members and friends met at the Renton station on a surprisingly nice day for lunch on the train. All seemed to enjoy their
choice of entrees on the way to the Columbia Winery in Woodinville. Once at the winery we had time to sample, tour and shop.
On the return trip we had a choice of two mouth watering desserts. Before we knew it, we were back in Renton. Several people
commented that they appreciate BETC offering these short trips, as they are unable to take the longer ones or find them too
expensive. It was fun to be with friends in an easy relaxed atmosphere.

                                                   Ski Adventure in Austria
                                                         By Marlene Angell
Three couples from BETC joined the NW ski patrol’s yearly ski flight to Europe. On February 3 we flew from Seattle to
Copenhagen, then to Munich, then a bus trip to our destination of Innsbruck where we stayed through Feb 11. Most of the group
skiied 6 different areas-included were the Olympic women's downhill course and the men's downhill, bobsled course and the
Stubai Glacier of (10,000 ft.). Innsbruck is the Tyrolean capital and is known for it's beautiful architecture, cultural events and miles
of ski runs.
Some of us took a day trip to Salzburg where we visited the birthplace of Mozart, also toured many of the areas used in filming the
Sound of Music. Another day trip was to the famous Neuschwanstrein Castle built by King Ludwig in 1886-never completed. Other
trips were tp Oberammergau, and some women toured Swarovski Crystal World (awesome). Some folks did the bobsled run that
was built for the winter Olympics of l964 and 1976. One evening we had a Trolean dinner at a mountain restaurant-could only
arrive by ski lift- to leave most of us took a sled down for what seemed like forever ( 6KM).
Eighteen of us extended our trip to Vienna where some of us attended a Mozart-Strauss concert which was fantastic! Another
highlight was a tour of the Lipizzanermuseum - the famous Spanish Riding School. As you can imagine the trip was great, snow
most every day, wonderful food; however we all became tired of wiener schnitzel, but LOVED apple strudel covered with vanilla
cream!! Hope you all can visit Austria soon!!


                                       Bali and Beyond January 16 to February 8
                                                By Russ DeCastrongrene
                                                                  Part 1
When its really cold, rainy, dull and Nasty in Seattle in January, where is a better place to be? It has to be Bali! Warm, balmy
breezes, pleasant people, soft music, and cool tropical drinks. Wow. And that's how it was. What could be better?
Five travel club members elected to do Bali this year. From January 15 to February 1st we basked in the delightful warmth of that
tropical Isle. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Puri Santrian, right on a sandy beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. When not using
the pool, sauna, restaurant, lounges, Spa or strolling along the beach walk, we were touring this beautiful exotic Island. We were
with 25 other people, now our friends, all guided by the Grand Circle Travel Guides, Manik and Gede. A real pleasant couple of
guides. We had our own large bus, the two guides, bus driver and his assistant. They took very good care of us handing us
bottles of water and cool wet washcloth as we returned from each adventure.
The club members, Alex Henschel, Barbara Elliott, Jim Chapman, and Pat and Russ deCastongrene met at the SeaTac airport
and off to LA. We were met at the International terminal in LA by Grand Circle Reps and on to a the 747. Many hours later we
landed at Hong Kong and transferred to an A330 for Bali. At Bali we were met by Manik, our guide, who escorted us to the Hotel.
Our fellow travelers included one gentleman, 92 years of age, also from Seattle, people from New York, Las Vegas, Washington
DC, Virginia, North Carolina, and Brazil. All nice folk.
We arrived about 4 in the afternoon. Checked in to the hotel and had dinner in the restaurant which was actually tables under
umbrellas out by the beach. Tried the local beer Bali Hai. and Jim tried the Squink? Beer was good. Jim wasn't so positive about
his drink. I believe he stuck to beer the rest of the trip. The next morning we enjoyed an excellent breakfast buffet including eggs
to order and lots of nice fruit. We then had a tour down to the very impressive Bali monument to the Independence of Bali.
Contained a series of dioramas of Bali history over the ages. Then back on bus and an orientation drive around town and in
stopping at the Bali Museum for a guided tour. We then drove back to the Hotel and had the afternoon off to rest for the welcome
meal and Bali ballet that night. Dancers all in the fancy costumes and a suckling roast pig and other local delights. Dancers did
part of the Ramayana epic ballet/dance.

   The next morning we drove up to a local village and in to a large covered open air seating area facing an old temple. Although
the seating area was large but we were nearly alone for the performance. Bali tourist numbers are way down since the bombings.
We were entertained by a reenactment of the Ramayana epic in several acts which was quite
impressive. Manik explained each village has at least three temples. The performing area was near two of the local temples.
    After that we drove down to Batuan village to see the wood carver and his house and family. He demonstrated the use of some
of his carved masks with Jim Chapman doing the dance with him. Jim was good and the carver kissed him for his performance.
   Our next stop was to watch some folks out in the rice field cutting and thrashing the rice. We drove north into the mountains to
the top of the rim of an old volcano. There was a nice restaurant with incredible view of the crater with a lake below. The buffet
lunch included great fried bananas. Bali food is really very good. Many of the local people speak relatively good English. There
was no problem communicating. On the way back we stopped at a coffee plantation and then at the puppeteers house for a demo
of his art. They are profile puppets with moving arms and legs. Then back to the hotel and on our own for Happy Hour etc.
   Massage is very popular in Bali. You'd think they invented it. Maybe they did? Many of our group tried it and loved it. Our hotel
had a beautiful spa/sauna with tropical setting and soft tables for the massage. Everyone said it was incredibly relaxing except
Barbara who said she though thrashing rice is more fun than the massage! I believe that's what she said. At one of our stops to
watch the thrashing by hand, several of our group ran out and tried it. Barbara seemed to be the best at it. She must have
experience back on the farm? Great fun!
   Saturday was a day of rest. A talk in the morning by Manik demonstrating the sarong, which everyone wears in Bali. Russ was
the model for it and did well. Then a talk on the language with a bit of practice. The afternoon was free for swimming etc. There
was a lecture in the evening, by a local writer on the many Bali topics including the religious history and practices of Bali.
Buddhism came to Bali first, then Hindu. Bali has something like 40,000 temples. Very religious people.
   That evening we went to a local family’s house for dinner. The lady greeted us very warmly and we all took off our shoes. She
showed us the house and introduced the family. She has a sewing business and employs several of her relatives. We were
served a nice meal out on the front porch including a lemonade coconut drink which was quite tasty.
   The next day, Sunday, we were up at 645AM for a busy day over to a nearby island for swimming and snorkeling. Drove down
to the Port and boarded a Catamaran for an hours cruise over to Lembongan Island and bay. We moored to a large float in the
bay and boarded a glass bottom boat for a tour of the reef. They call it a Semisubmersable. Then on an aluminum landing craft to
the Beach Club area. Nice, very pretty place. Along the road to the village we saw farmers harvesting seaweed. Back to the
Beach Club area for a nice Barbeque. Fish, meat etc. Very tasty! We were free to swim etc as we saw fit. About 4 we reversed the
process and went back to the hotel. Several of us ate down at Donalds which was South on the beach and very good and
extremely low cost. Quite a popular spot.
   The next day we visited a basket shop. Many of our ladies picked up handbags and so on. Then to a wood carving place. Nice
woodwork. Very stylized but attractive. Next a silver factory where all the ladies made purchases. The factory itself was a real
sweat shop but everyone seemed happy and came and went as they wanted.
   Everyone rides scooters on Bali. Thousands of them. We saw as many as 5 people on one scooter. Not easy. I spotted a lot of
old Vespas in use. Then to batik place where they showed us how it’s done.
    That evening we attended the dance Kecak. A dance with no music but a group of chanters all around in a circle with an
interesting cadence. I thought it was better than the bongers. Alex and Mel, from Las Vegas, went deep sea fishing today. Caught
a couple of good ones and we each were served some at the BBQ dinner that night. Very good. We were in a separate room and
a 3 piece combo played all evening for us. They knew many old US tunes, and some Mexican music. Such as Yellow bird and It
happened in Monterey! A great evening.
   During the night it rains. When you get up there are little white flowers all over the ground. Very pretty. They sweep them up
every day along with the leaves and palm fronds that fall. Manik brought his family in to demonstrate how they make the offerings
you see all around for the God and discussed their beliefs a bit. Basically had the day off for rest and exploration.
    The following day we drove up to Besakih, a large temple complex on a mountain. It was a rainy cloudy wet day. Very
impressive complex. The Mother Temple of Bali. Built on terraces up the side of a mountain. Very green hilly area. Narrow winding
roads. On the way up we saw a cremation in progress with a very fancy pyre. On the way back we stopped at the town of
Klungkung, with the impressive Hall of Justice. This is the open court platform which has an interesting painted mural ceiling
depicting the punishments of the evildoers in the afterlife. We toured the adjoining museum. Had a delightful meal in country
restaurant overlooking some rice terraces. I spotted some stairs leading up a hill with a large Banyan tree on top. I asked Gede if
there was a temple up there. He said "a Banyan tree with stairs going up a hill, of course, a temple!". Bali is a Hindu Island in a
Moslem Country!
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    On Jan 27 we toured a kite manufacturer. He ships to Ohio ,of all places! Has 40 people working for him all over town.
Produces thousands of kites per month.
   Then up to the Monkey forest. Walked down through it. All sizes of gray monkeys. Barbara was bitten on the left arm by one.
Got bandaged. They claim there are no rabies on Bali!! She was really a good sport about it. We were not too keen on monkeys
after that. Carlos from Brazil had one climb on him and he had a hard time getting rid of it . He finally spun it off. After lunch we
visited the Sudi Dance school.
Part 2 will appear in the April newsletter.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
     Boeing Employees’ Travel Club Board of Trustees 2005
     President Judy Bosnake W: 425-965-2163 H: 425-432-0789; judy.a.bosnake@boeing.com
     Vice President Alex Henschel H: 425-277-4017; alexhenschel@msn.com
     Treasurer Barbara Elliott W: 206-662-5961; H: 425-228-8665; barbara.r.elliott@boeing.com
     Secretary Mavis LaBounty H: 206-878-3514; m_labounty@msn.com
     Membership Mike Yamada H: 425-427-9332; yamod@comcast.net
     Hospitality Blanche Arbogast H: 253-833-0795
     Sunshine Marlene Angell H: 425-226-3166; abemarlene34@aol.com
     Webmaster Jiin Chen H: 425-255-1865; ac1239@msn.com
     Assistant Webmaster: Bill Johnson 253-852-3454
     or balajo@comcast.net
     Newsletter Editor There is an opening for this position
     Assistant Newsletter Editor Bill Forde H: 425-337-4179; wildfire@geminico.com
     Meeting Master/Audio-Visual Rod Call H: 425-255-8550 or rfcall@aol.com
     Past President Jane Bentley H: 253-520-6580; hjbphb@comcast.net
     BETC Security Jim Ewing H: 253-852-5715; jamesmewing5@hotnmail.com
     Boeing Recreation Advisor Evelyn Alexander W: 206-655-1952; evelyn.l.alexander@boeing.com
     BETC WEBSITE: http://www.betravelclub.com
     News items and editorial comment in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions
     of The Boeing Company. Newsletter items for the March 2006 issue are needed by February 17th .

     Sunshine: Marlene and Abe Angell, 425-226-3166
     We’re sorry to announce the passing of member Paulyne Batchlor. No details are available.
     Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to our treasurer, Barbara Elliott, who had carpal tunnel surgery and to
     Don Reha who had knee replacement surgery.
     We talked with Karen Armstrong and she continues to appreciate notes and calls.

     Membership
     If the date on your address label is a 2005 date or January/February 2006 please renew your membership today.
     Complete and sign the membership renewal form and the Indemnification agreement from your December
     Newsletter, enclose a check and mail it to BETC or give it to our Membership Chairman, Mike Yamada or our
     Treasurer, Barbara Elliott. Your membership is important so please renew.
If undeliverable, return to Barbara Elliott, MC 35-72
Boeing Employees’ Travel Club
P. 0. Box 3546
Renton, WA 98056




Next Meeting: Thursday: March 9, 2006
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM Place: 25.01 Cafeteria
Boeing Longacres Park at Oakesdale Rd, Renton
Directions: Go to SW Grady Way in Renton between West Valley Highway and Rainier Ave S.
From SW Grady Way, turn South onto Oakesdale going under Interstate 405 and continue past
SW 16th St. Turn right into the first Boeing parking lot off Oakesdale (there is a small sign
directing you to the 25.01 building). Enter the door on the East side to the left of the loading
dock. Travel Club signs will also be visible.

Badges
Please wear your Boeing badge during the meetings. If you have a retirement badge or card,
please carry it with you to the meetings. This helps us to avoid security issues.

Solo Table
There will be a table reserved for solo travelers so you can meet and discuss trips you might
want to take together.

								
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