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Wednesday in Seattle

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Here is the 3rd day of our vacation, which keeps improving. MIL is getting tired so we are slowing down a bit. It was supposed to rain (surprising?) so we drove downtown to Ride the Duck. What is a duck? It is a WW2 amphibious vehicle. When you ride the duck, you get a tour of downtown, then drive into Lake Union for a tour of the city from the lake. The tour includes the Sleepless in Seattle house (repainted and now for sale), Gas Works Park, and some of the most fantastic yachts around.

Then we walked to the Space Needle and had a great (although very expensive) lunch. What a wonderful view of the city you get from the dining room. After lunch we had to let MIL have a rest, so back to the room. For the evening we spent a lovely quiet evening with DH's cousin and his family, sharing stories and remembrances. What a lovely day.

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DEBIPOGUE 9/15/2009 11:27AM

    So glad you had fun! My sister ate at the Needle also and made the same comment...but enjoyed the experience as you did.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/15/2009 10:48AM

    What a wonderful tour. I just love going to places and learning and seeing new things. Too bad I just drive right through Seattle to my son's house up north. We do get around up there though, Bellingham area. This is really a beautiful state (and I grew up in Hawaii!). Glad you are enjoying yourself.

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MIMISCHENK 9/15/2009 8:45AM

    We'll be there this Friday. I may check out the Duck Ride. There is one in P'burgh that is a great way to see the city.

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Tuesday in Seattle

Monday, September 14, 2009

These are a bit late, but internet access was spotty for us.

Tuesday we started out by seeing the Klondike Museum State Park. It is a wonderful place about the gold rush, and be sure to see the movie if you go. Next we walked around Pioneer Square and to the UPS Waterfall Park. It is a lovely little park built on the site of the first UPS office, and a great place to relax a bit.

Then was the Pike Place Market and the world's best Mac & Cheese at Beechers, teriffic cheesecake at Confectional, and the original Starbucks, so of course we went. The vegetable stalls are so bright and cheerful. You can find everything from fresh fish to leather to flowers. After taking our lunch to the waterfront park we went home to let MIL take a nap so she could make it to the salmon bake for dinner.

For dinner we took an Argosy cruise across Lake Washington to the Tillicun Village for a native salmon bake and dance performance. I had to skip the clams (allergic) so as not to swell up and ruin everyone's evening. The fish was cooked in the traditional manner on sticks over an open fire and was quite tasty. Since one of Joe's daughters works for the cruise company, we had a center stage reserved table. There were only about 40 of us on the cruise so all seats were good. It was very late when we got in and MIL was exhausted, but we all had a good time.

Here is a link to some of my pictures. I had to sort through almost 500, so just picked some of the best ones I could find quickly.

I'll get Wednesday posted later.

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1BEARWIFE 9/14/2009 10:27AM

    What a great time you obviously had! How about I come over there, and you can repeat the day for me and DH? You are obviously a terrific travel guide!! Who needs to go "on vacation" when we live in the Pacific Northwest?? emoticon

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SJORDAN7157 9/14/2009 6:17AM

    Thank you for the pictures. Looks like you had a great time.

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Made it to Seattle

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

True to form, our vacation is off to an adventurous start. In Birmingham the airline couldn't find our reservation. When we got to our gate in Atlanta, the attendant said it was moved to another gate, when we got there, it was in another terminal and loading. Had to run (with MIL in wheelchair) to catch plane. The plane had "mechanical problems" and a replacement (different flight number) was at the gate. Got on the plane, found our seats and had a little old lady sitting next to me. She ordered a salad and Jack Daniels for lunch. You got it, threw it up soon there after, yup, on me too. Arrived in Seattle (beautiful area) and had rented a car from Enterprise. The only car rental agency with no office at the airport. Had to take a shuttle to their office to get the car. Finally got the car, and made it to DH's cousin's house. They treated us to dinner at Beach Café. GREAT food, beautiful views. Tomorrow we get a tour of the town.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/12/2009 12:30PM

    You couldn't have picked a better time to visit Seattle. I live in Olympia and believe me when I say this is the best it gets...even if it were in July. Glad you got all the misfortune over with at the beginning. It means the rest of the trip will be awesome. (And some people wonder why I don't fly anymore!)

Enjoy our area.
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EDWARDS1411 9/11/2009 11:52PM

    Wow - the start of your vacation sure sounds like Murphy's Law kicked in!! Have a great time!!!

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TEXQUILTMAMA 9/8/2009 11:01AM

    Hey Lady,
My mom and her family and mine all live in Seattle and around that area.. I wish you could have fit me in your suitcase..Have a wonderful time, it is a gorgeous city and say hi to her majesty..That beautiful mountain is what my aunt says good morning to every morning on her way to work!Have fun.. Joyce emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRDRAPES 9/8/2009 7:31AM

    My sister lives in Seattle-enjoy your time, it is beautiful scenery!

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GRAMMYEAC 9/8/2009 6:08AM

    Enjoy, Bev.

If you have the chance to do some long touring, take in the Olympic Peninsula. There are gorgeous sights to be seen there! And, there's a picture of me in the Skagit Valley (north of Seattle) on my Spark Page.

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Not back yet

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

After 5 days on my antibiotics for the diverticulitis, I'm still not quite back to normal yet. The low residue diet doesn't provide a lot of substance, but helps with the discomfort. I rode 14 miles this morning, and probably should not have. It was very hot and even drinking lots of water and eating before the ride, I got over heated. May skip the ride tomorrow, or stick to the tandem.

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MAKULEWAHINE 8/11/2009 4:34PM

    Take it easy girl. I know it's frustrating, but sounds like you should back off on the heavy exercising and just do light stuff. The tandem sounds good unless your partner likes to push it hard. Relax...easier said than done, I know. Hang in there and you will be back on track soon.

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1BEARWIFE 8/11/2009 3:28PM

    Hey Woman!! What are you doing to yourself?? Why not give your body a chance to heal? You won't fall into a heap and gain 20 pounds if you miss a few days of heavy workout. Either you take care of yourself, or I am heading to your house to do it for you!!!
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How not to spend the night.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Yesterday started out just great. Went for a short (18 miles) ride on my new bike, had a great lunch, took the grands to get back to school shoes. But as the day progressed, I just didn't feel well, and by 10 was cramping, had a fever and felt crummy. So off to the ER I to. I was the only patient there (hard to believe, I know), and got straight in. Seems my diverticulitis has flared up and I will be sidelined for a few days. I have 7 days of Flagyl and Cipro, low residue diet, no exercise. Spent a miserable night freezing, cramping, and not sleeping, but other than that, all will be well. You just never know what to expect when you get up in the morning.

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1BEARWIFE 9/14/2009 10:30AM

    18 miles for a SHORT ride???? I'm worn out just thinking about it! Stay well, my friend! Sandy emoticon

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MEEPMEEP09 8/7/2009 2:23PM

    wow, long night for you. Get better soon!

18 miles is a short ride on your bike? What's a long ride?
I'd be gasping for air!


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NANA2AVALIAM 8/7/2009 10:49AM

    Hi, I hope you are feeling better today! Val

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/6/2009 1:12PM

    great job on the bike ride. I am so sorry about your night in the ER. I hope you are feeling better soon.

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JGMK55 8/6/2009 11:07AM

    Sorry you are feeling so poorly. I hope it doesn't take long until you are back on your feet and feeling awesome! But, wow - 18 miles is incredible!!!! Janice

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GCHUNG 8/6/2009 9:04AM

    Wow - I hope you feel better. I am not familiar with diverticultis but the symptoms don't sound very fun. Hope its a short bout and you're back on your wheels.

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