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.
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.
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.
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.
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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