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Text Box: Doubletree Hotel
Seattle Airport
18740 Pacific Highway South
Seattle, WA  98188
(206) 246-8000
September 8  — September 11, 2004
Text Box: The reunion dates and hotel are set for the 2004 reunion.  We believe we have contracted a good property which includes many amenities that will benefit all that attend.  The hotel has 838 spacious guest rooms and 12 suites and provides all the services and amenities you would expect of a first-class hotel.  The hotel also features 18 ADA accessible rooms.  
Room Rate: 
$ 85.00/night  -  single or double occupancy
$ 95.00/night  -  triple room occupancy
$105.00/night  -  quad room occupancy
     (Room rates are exclusive of local taxes
      and fees which is currently 12.4%)
· Complimentary Hospitality Room
· Complimentary parking for reunion attendees which is normally $12.00/day
For those wishing to attend the Reunion, attendees need to call the hotel directly (206-246-8600) or (800-222-8733) or write the hotel room reservation department.  Please request the group rate for USS Whetstone Association Reunion when making reservations to guarantee you the special rate extended to our group.  Reservations must be made by 08/18/04.  
To confirm a reservation, all guests will be required to: 1) provide a major credit card at the time of making the reservation to establish a guarantee method of payment or 2) send a deposit equal to one night’s room and tax charges to the hotel reservation office within seven (7) days of the making the reservation.
Thursday Day Tour  —  Anchor’s Aweigh Tour (A look at our Navy’s Past and Present)  Deluxe coach transportation and scenic cruise aboard a Washington State Ferryboat through the extensive inland waterways of Seattle’s Pugent Sound to the Kitsap Peninsula   :  
First :       USS Turner Joy
Second:  Narrated tour along Bremerton’s harbor aboard Admiral
              Jack while we get an up-close look at the US Navy Shipyard
              and Mothball Fleet   (Lunch served on board)
Third:       Bremerton Naval Museum
Fourth:    Naval Undersea Museum
Return ferry trip will conclude this fascinating look at local naval heritage and allow for beautiful afternoon vistas of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges.
Thursday Evening  —  A free night to enjoy wherever you choose.  However, transportation will be provided to the Muckleshoot Casino for those who want to experience one of the casinos in the area.  The Muckleshoot Casino has a buffet you may enjoy or you may want to eat prior to leaving.  If you are not interested in the casino, there are restaurants at the hotel, as well as a variety of restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel.  You may want to join other shipmates and take the  $12.00 roundtrip (hotel provides) to downtown Seattle and enjoy one of the superb restaurants in the area or you may want to take the hotel complimentary shuttle to Southcenter Mall and shop. It is your choice! 
Friday Afternoon  — The Museum of Flight….Celebrate mankind’s aeronautical achievements and view the amazing exhibits.  The museum offers an exciting voyage through time from the beginning of flight to the present.  Many fabulous exhibits including the first Air Force One and a British Airways Concorde Jet.  Or, tour the Microsoft Campus.  Contact David Vydra for info on this event.
Friday Evening  — Spirit of Washington Dinner Train….A unique experience including a three-course dinner on board.  Vintage cars with an observation car, platform car and three dome cars.  After dinner, the train stops at Columbia Winery for an informative tour and wine tasting.  Upon leaving the winery, enjoy a truly decadent dessert on the return trip.  NOTE:  Menu choices must be made prior to boarding...please make your selection where noted on the reunion reservation sheet.  Must have prior to August 9, 2004 deadline.   
Saturday Day  —  Seattle City Tour and Harbor Cruise….Sample Seattle.  Narrative tour providing overview of Seattle.  Visit Pioneer Square, International District, Pike Place Farmers Market where we will have time to browse.  Next onto private charter tour of Seattle Harbor aboard Argosy Lady Mary where we enjoy a lunch buffet during our harbor cruise.
Text Box: ALASKA CRUISE following reunion (9/12 through 9/19)   A group of shipmates have decided to take a Holland America Alaskan Cruise following the reunion.  Floyd and Jane Pennal contacted us and asked that we mention in the newsletter that it would be great if any would like to join them.  Jane has contacted Holland America and received some wonderful rates for the group.  Please contact Kay Goble (239-768-1449 or at sectreas@usswhetstone.net) should you want additional information regarding the cruise.   It would be a wonderful opportunity to see Alaska with a fun group of people.





























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