Enjoying Seattle

Coming into Seattle Bell Harbor.  Yahoo! we are here.

Coming into Seattle Bell Harbor. Yahoo! we are here.

My time in Seattle was a really great time minus the Immersion/Trench foot problem.  Upon arrival, I was met by good friends Ruby (best friend from Portland)and Nancy (longtime friend through her sisters, Linda Jo and Bette, and as one of my campers in my swimming class at Camp LaJita).  Having someone meet you upon arrival is really awesome and those two being there plus coming home to America was really incredible.  One never knows how much it means until it happens.

We have now arrived!

We have now arrived!

Let me off the boat!! But first gotta go to immigration/customs.

Let me off the boat!! But first gotta go through  immigration/customs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil’s daughter came through with some sausage wraps for us when we returned from customs and Seattle provided us some goodies also in the form of gourmet popcorn, clam chowder, drinks and more!  Then to show the boat to Rub y and Nancy.

Not sure what Nancy thinks of the boat.

Not sure what Nancy thinks of the boat.

Ruby is camera shy so she is taking the picture of us sitting on the mainsail all rolled up.

Ruby is camera shy so she is taking the picture of us sitting on the mainsail all rolled up.

Then off to find some more food and to get my feet back into circulation I thought.  Wrong, the pain of the last two days was still in full force when I loaded into Nancy’s car to go to her house.  How lucky I was as she became a full fledged nurse the next morning when she had to take me to Immediate care clinic, then Pharmacy, then home to soak feet, warm compresses and elevate.  Really great care as laundry was done, even foul weather stuff was getting cleaned and hung out to dry.

Picking up gear and bags from the boat

Picking up gear and bags from the boat

All the wet foul weather gear everywhere in their back yard

All the wet foul weather gear everywhere in their back yard

I did take Amtrak down to Portland to celebrate Ruby’s 60th birthday.  That was a fun ride for me.

Back in Seattle I got to go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ?Museum? where they provided information about their funding along with interactive places that allowed us to make comments.  Lots of great quotes everywhere.

This was my favorite quote

This was my favorite quote.  “As” you and I is the last line.

At the foundation

The wall showing lots of the people they have worked with over the years.

Then a great meal at Ray’s with a great view.

From Ray's restaurant. View of the Canadian mountains

From Ray’s restaurant. View of the Canadian part of the Olympic mountains

One of the best events there was being able to visit with several ex students.  Fun time Daryl Fiske, David Gibson from DS, Fisher from AYC Sailing camp, and Elaine and Kevin Bailey from Judson.  Wish I had pictures of all and if you have been watching Facebook you have seen most.

Kevin, Elaine and their daughters Reese and Paige.

Kevin, Elaine and their daughters Reese and Paige.

Missed Justin Freeman as he took ill, but will see him another time.  Loved seeing everyone!  Really proud of each of them.

Tom, our Telemed man and me

Tom, our Telemed man and me

Then Renee and Lynna came up from Austin to see me or to check out the boats.  Their time to sail though happened with no wind.  We did get to go to Chihuly Glass Museum together and it was amazing works of art.

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Even outside art

Even outside art and Ruby accidentally got caught by camera

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Even saw a man playing an ancient instrument while we were there.

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Then a quick trip to  Snoqualmie Falls where we ran into the wife of an LMax round the worlder, Nigel who took our picture!

Nancy, Ruby and me at the Falls

Nancy, Ruby and me at the Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

Nancy played ocarina for a benefit for the lady who makes Ocarinas in the theatre in Pike market.

Had to visit a friend in the market while I was there.

Had to visit a friend in the market while I was waiting for the concert.

Amazing musician Nancy!  Really enjoyed hearing her play.  I have most of her recordings of Tingstadt and Rumbel so I know what a fine musician she is.  Plus she also does recordings for individual records and she showed me how she did that at home.  she plays her part and then sends it in and it is added into the mix.  How cool in that?

Nancy at her music making station!

Nancy at her music making station!

I even got to go to the GIANT REI store!

Great quote at the REI store

Great quote at the REI store

Is this my next adventure?

Looks more comfortable than the Clipper bunk.

Looks more comfortable than the Clipper bunk.

All in all Seattle was great.  My niece July came up from LA and it was great catching up on the family with her and also seeing her pregnant with the first child to come in July.  Looking forward to going out to visit and see the young one (I call him Jules though they don’t have a name for him yet) when I get home.

Enjoyed visiting with ExPow descendant Nancy Kragh and her daughter Kristen and her family.  Kristen and family are currently living on a sailboat and getting ready to take off on a year or more sailing adventure.

What I learned from this stop is that “friends are friends forever” and “Home sweet Home” and family are important in one’s life.  Another reason I am glad that I am on this adventure….discovering things about myself.

Sunset at Bell Harbor

Sunset at Bell Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Enjoying Seattle

  1. What a great adventure! As a military brat I can relate to your comments ““friends are friends forever” and “Home sweet Home” and family are important in one’s life. ” Have fun.

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  2. Sounds like Seattle treated you well…you saw some of its highlights. So glad you made it to Snoqualmie Falls. Seattle was a great place to cross paths with friends and family. You also caught a “good weather” window. As a Washingtonian for nearly my whole life … both west and east sides … we are proud of our state and all it has to offer.
    Safe Travels, Sharon and John

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  3. Linda,
    I loved the pictures from the glass place. My eyes are so bad that I cannot read the REI quote and cannot seem to enlarge the photo, so you’ll have to share that with me when you return to Texas. We love hearing about your trip!!!!

    Barbara and Rick

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