Well it's been just over a week since we arrived and normally I start these trip reports earlier but due to some issues before we left, missing credit cards and the airline losing our bag in San Francisco it lead to a lot of extra stress, fatigue and not much spare time, but I'm here now. So let's get this party started. After three years of Japan we thought it was time to return to Canada since the kids had never skied here. Due to school holiday dates we decided to take the Fiji Airways route Brisbane-Nadi-San Fran- Seattle. Had no problems with Fiji Airways with all flights on time, good service and reasonable food. Only issue was when Alaska Air lost our main bag on the last leg into Seattle but luckily after a lot of persistence, many HOURS on hold and two visits to the airport searching through 200 lost bags we finally got our bag two days later. And to Alaska Air's credit they did compensate us for some replacement items to get us through the two days. All went well picking up the 4wd Jeep Patriot from Alama in Seattle which I booked through the UK website to get a better deal. Had always wanted to visit the Boeing factory just outside Seattle and now that my youngest was over 4 feet tall this was the year. (The tour has a minimum height of 4 foot for all guests) There's no photos allowed on the actual Boeing tour, and they are strict about this, but you're welcome to take pics in the museum section before the tour. The kids learning to fly. And @Scooter I found you a new carbon fiber snowboard based on the Boeing 787 technology. So after a little sightseeing and a lot of messing about it was time to leave Seattle for the flight to Spokane and the drive up to Fernie.