Sunday, July 31, 2005

Great Visit

Had a great visit with Aunt Ruth and Marisa this weekend. Made it out to the beach, did some shopping downtown, caught a Mariners game, and even went to Ikea. Thanks for making the trip north!!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Ichiro Sleeve Tug

Marisa, Ruth, and I made it to Seattle to see the Mariners -vs- Indians. Great to see the M's win a game, however unconventional. All three M's runs were scored with longballs with two from Ichiro. Incredible. My boss gave us these great seats, just a few rows off the field, not bad for Marisa's first MLB game.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Fun on the beach

Out in the area were we go crabbing and shrimping in Dabob Bay, there is a little beach with a picnic table, some chairs, and a tire swing that various people have left behind over the years. We took advantage of another beautiful sunny day to play on the beach, pull some crab pots, and go tubing. Ah, summertime.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Elk in North Bend

I go up to North Bend (the place where Twin Peaks was filmed) every few months or so for work. Today I was not alone. This big-as-a-horse elk came out from the woods and stood staring my direction for a few minutes (long enough for me to shoot off a handful of pictures). Incredible.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

M's -vs- Tigers

Matt's family are visiting from Idaho this week and we decided it would be great to take them to a ball game. And even better than just the ball game, this was bat night where all kids entering the park got free Louisville Sluggers with the Mariners logo on them. Between Matt's brother and sister and my stepson, we got quite a few to take home :)

Happy Mariners Fans

Matt and the family enjoying the game.

Dinner at Pyramids

The Pyramid Alehouse is located directly across the street from Safeco Field. We have eaten here a lot but, somehow, it never really gets old. Could it be the seasonal ales? Hmmm... Well, this is most of us before the game enjoying our food and beer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Nice day for sailing

I end up taking a few different ferries depending on where I am working that day. This day I was up north and took the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry home. With the long awaited coming of summer, so many people are taking to the water. And the grace of sailboats always make me want to grab the camera.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Judas Priest Concert

What a great show! Went to the Judas Priest & Queensryche concert last night...actually a project for work (acoustics can take you many places). And though I would certainly not consider myself a heavy metal fan, I can appreciate a good show. Guess you get pretty good at pleasing your audience after 30 years of making music and touring.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Aunt's Birthday Dinner

We really had quite an eventful Fourth of July weekend. Sunday was my aunt's birthday..had quite a spread for dinner (notice the crab legs in the bowl...from Friday's crabbing adventure). After dinner we went on a Blue's Cruise as part of the Portland Blues Festival. For two hours a river boat took us up and down the Willamette River along the Portland waterfront while bands on all three decks played blues music...soooo very cool. It was a late night, got back to the house after 2am, but definately worth it.

Rogue Brewery

My aunt and uncle took us to the Rogue Brewery for lunch...unfortunately a lot of other people had the same idea and there was a very long line...

Beer Sale

But not all was lost...the brewery had a beer clearance sale going on in the warehouse. I must say, the brewmasters at Rogue are very inventive when it come to new flavors of beer. One variety combined chamomile tea with lager...very interesting. We ended up with Honey Cream Ale...sooooooo yummy. Oh, and the boxes contained 12-20 ounce bottles...what a deal!!!

Beautiful Day on the Oregon Coast

We drove down to Newport, OR late on Saturday and woke up to a beautiful day on the coast!! The wind did not pick up until later in the afternoon so walking an the beach was sand in the ears or anything.

Friday, July 01, 2005


Crabs Crabs Crabs!! Matt took us crabbing out of Seabeck this afternoon. He had been out earlier in the morning (season opened at 7am) so we were more or less out for the ride and watch them pick up the crab pots dropped earlier in the day. The afternoon take was 14 dungeness and 2 rock crabs...not bad at all :)