Posted by: ppernick | August 2, 2006

Seattle Tourism

It’s fun to play tourist guide – you sometimes see and do things you otherwise wouldn’t do – either never finding the time, or taking advantage of the fact they’re in your backyard.

On Friday, we spent most of the day jet skiing around Lake Sammamish.  I believe this is the third year Ari’s group held their picnic here and I was excited to finally get the chance to use the jet skis.  I was impressed when I noticed J had a sunburn…it’s supposed to be in the hundred’s in Kansas.  I guess everybody is staying inside with their air conditioners and watching the sun beat down.

On Saturday we had lunch in Black Diamond – a little bakery with a restaurant that Ari found on a biking trip a few years ago – then continued on to the Sunrise area of Mt. Ranier.  We planned to hike to the top of both Burroughs Mountains, but once we reached the top of the first one and looked around at the gorgeous gray clouds, we didn’t see much point to climbing the next.  Just my luck, going higher would have gotten us above the clouds – but considering Simeon was getting cold and hungry and wanting his diaper changed I don’t regret turning around.

Sunday wet met up with D & J and walked around the Fremont Sunday Market.  J & I took a walk after lunch to visit the Fremont Troll, then stopped by to say good bye to D & J before heading to the Ballard Locks.  Ari keeps thinking he’s taken me to the locks before, but this was my first time. There was an adorable dog in a lifevest on one of the boats going into Lake Washington – it reminded me of Simeon the way it was working the crowd.

Unfortunately, I have to work this week – though I’m hoping to leave a little early on Friday.  The last couple days, J has been touring Seattle proper — Pike’s Market, Ride the Ducks, Space Needle, — and has even been to Alki Beach and Bainbridge Island.  Today, her plans were to head North and check out Deception Pass and Whidbey Island.  Hopefully, it’s as clear up there as it is from my office.  Tomorrow is either Oregon or St. Helens – or so I think.  She leaves Saturday early evening, and I’m hoping we have time to go kayaking around the arboretum.

Well, time to get back to work.

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