Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seattle/Bainbridge Island 2017 Pt. 2

As promised, less words, more pictures.

Day two in Seattle brought me down to the waterside to meet my cousin Jill for breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel. Kari and Jason eventually joined us and we headed to the Space Needle and ventured around Pikes Place Market before heading to the ferry to go to Bainbridge Island where the rest of our festivities would take place.

I like to call this photo series #50shadesofblue

View from Edgewater Hotel

Once we arrived on Bainbridge we cleaned up and headed over to my Aunts house for pre-dinner beverages and to see her home. It was beautiful and right on the water. After our drinks, we loaded in to our cars and drove to the North end of the island for a little welcome dinner for out of town family.

My cousin and his family rented an amazing home right on the water that was able to accommodate all 50+ of us for dinner.

On our third day in the PNW we explored the town of Winslow on Bainbridge and let me tell you something, I've never wished to be a 65 year old retiree more in my life. Half way there...

This town was like something out of a Hallmark movie, and it didn't hurt that every where you turned was family you hadn't seen in several months so you were always greeted with a happy hello and a hug.

That evening was the wedding reception at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts that my Aunt works at. Sadly I kept my phone in my purse and tried to focus on spending time with family, but the space is absolutely beautiful and they had a really cool under water glass exhibit, think glass crabs and glass jelly fish hanging from the ceiling.

And that wraps up my three days in the PNW.

Next up - Fourth of July 2017!!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seattle/Bainbridge Island 2017 Pt. 1

I've been home for a couple of days now, but my lack of sleep would make you assume I flew home on the red eye this morning. I'll chalk up my exhaustion to having a great trip to the PNW exploring and catching up with family.

The purpose of my trip to Seattle was for my second cousins wedding reception. Since I hadn't taken a vacation since her sister got married in Hawaii last November, I thought what better time to take a long weekend and get out of the Minnesota heat?

Just like Christmas morning as a child, the anticipation of a trip kept me up late and had me springing out of bed hours before my alarm was to go off. I took my time getting ready since I didn't need to call for an Uber until 8:00 AM, but since I was up bright and early with an extra hour to spare, I decided to add a little airport adventure to the mix. I wheeled my suitcase down the street to my bus stop, took the bus downtown to the light rail and hopped on the train to the airport. It might have taken close to an hour, but it was free, no traffic and it brought me right to my terminals security check point.

When I landed in Seattle I was dropped off at my hotel downtown where I dropped my bags and took off walking. I was meeting Kari and Jason for an underground walking tour so I found a nearby bar to pop in to, ordered up some lunch and tried some of Seattle's finest ciders.

Our bartender at The Collin's Pub was so friendly and attentive I wanted to go back every day just to say 'hey!' and grab a drink.

After lunch we walked to Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Depending on how much you like group tours and how much time you have, I would probably suggest skipping this tour, but it was interesting non-the-less.

Halfway through the tour while we were above ground, we walked past a barber shop, Jason went for a haircut and Kari and I continued on...until we came back above ground and we decided we'd rather have a coffee and watch Jason get his hair cut than finish the tour. So that's what we did.

We walked with coffees in hand and a fresh cut to the Smith Tower. It was the tallest building West of the Mississippi in the 1930's and has an observatory on the 35th floor that you can walk around and take in some stunning views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately for us it was a typical Seattle day, rainy and overcast so no views of Mt. Rainier for us.

For dinner we decided on The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak and Oyster House. I was in heaven with my steak oscar with scalloped potatoes. If I were to find myself in Seattle looking for a yummy steak, this is the place I would go.

I'll be back with a less wordy, more picture heavy follow up on the rest of the trip. In the mean time, start looking for airfare to Seattle.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Weekend 2017

I love holiday weekends up north, especially when I am able to take an extra day off and extend my weekend on the lake.

I don't think there's a place that makes me as happy as the cabin.

We lucked out with the weather since we were forecasted for storms most of the weekend. We took full advantage of the dry weather and took several boat rides, lounged under the sun, watched the sun set off the dock and Kari and I even did a morning workout.

Every year as you drive through Grantsburg there's a giant 'HI' mowed in to a small hill. 
A little welcome in to Gods Country.

Nothing like starting your holiday weekend with a little coffee and baileys watching your dad continue to putz with the dock. The yard has come a long way thanks to the parents endless work on flattening it back out after the ice heaves basically rolled up the yard like a rug.

Saturday morning A10! My first workout with the torpedo and I'm still sore. 
Guilt free beverages the rest of the day 😉

Storms tend to go around our lake, but we saw the rain coming and decided it was a good time to head to the bar for some live music and fried pickles. 

Post bar and fried pickles, Kari and I teamed up to make dinner. She made the apple/carrot/feta slaw and I made one of my best pork tenderloins to date.

And that folks, is my Memorial weekend in a nut shell.

Thank you to those that have given their lives to allow us the freedom we have today.

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