A Bit More from Qingdao

At the Chihuly Glass Museum

At the Chihuly Glass Museum

OK, this is not Qingdao, but an afternoon with friends Renee, Lynna, Nancy and Ruby at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle.  That’s me in the picture, but behind me is how my hair normally looked on the boat and is how I ended up with my head shaved when we crossed the Equator.  This was a great way for me to share the look with you.  And now to finish with Qingdao!!

I loved these manhole covers around the Olympic Sailing Center!! A proud city!

I loved these manhole covers around the Olympic Sailing Center!! A proud city!

At the Awards party with crew mates Han and Alex.

At the Awards party with crew mates Alex, Han and Sunny

Those bottles are all theirs!  I was drinking fresh orange juice and water!!

Fun crew dinner

Fun crew dinner with Han, Judith, Tom, Me, Doug, Alex, Martin (Hyde Sails) and 2 of our awesome maintenance team from Clipper at the Boiling Pots place

Another meal with Elaine and Judith to watch the Japanese cook

Another meal with Elaine and Judith to watch the Japanese cook

Improving with those chopsticks!! I can do anything when I am hungry!

Improving with those chopsticks!! I can do anything when I am hungry!

Bet you are thinking that all we do in port is eat.  Well, yes, checking out the local food and finding great places to eat is a top priority.  Sunny also took us to a place for Peking Duck while we were there.  She then got us to the place where we put seasonings and then meats, vegetables, fish into boiling water.  I think it was called Boiling pots, hot pots, something like that.  Great fun! (Crew dinner)

Something interesting about China. They do not use the number 4. Check it out!

Something interesting about China. They do not use the number 4.  Check it out!

Standing in line ready to go on one of the boats. Awesome quiet also.

Standing in line ready to go on one of the boats. Awesome quiet also.

Couldn’t resist this as they made me think of marching band!  What discipline!

 

These strawberries made it to the boat! Actually more but they did not make it past the galley entrance.

These strawberries made it to the boat! Actually more but they did not make it past the galley entrance.

Yes, we did work.  Mark spent a bit of time as did many others at the sail repair area (I was fixing things involving rigging).

This is Mark!

This is Mark!

Sail repair area with finished work and Mark is in far left hand corner

Sail repair area with finished work and Mark is in far left hand corner working hard.

And after a fun time in Qingdao, the race gets ready to go again.

Our percussion group appeared to send us off.

Our favorite percussion group appeared to send us off.

We did a procession down from the stage area and then the ladies left ranks to join us at the docks.

Visit Seattle with Dana slipping lines from dock.

Visit Seattle with Dana slipping lines from dock.

Media friend Julia wishing us good sailing. She is missing Seattle to get married so see her in NYC!

Media friend Julia wishing us good sailing. She is missing Seattle to get married so will see her in NYC!

This time we knew this was going to happen! Really nice.

This time we knew this was going to happen! Really nice and not so scary!

Makes me think of Batman

Makes me think of Batman

And after a fake start for the people of Qingdao, we are off to motor our way past lots of the fishing issues like getting caught in a net, etc. and do a Lemans start some 100 miles away.

Yahoo, we are on the way to Seattle!

Yahoo, we are on the way to Seattle!

Fun to see everyone following in the parade.

Fun to see everyone following in the parade.

More later about our Pacific crossing.  Hang tight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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