Sunday, June 8, 2008

John and Eithne, Now In Washington!

John and Eithne came into town late Friday night(early Saturday morning really) I was long gone by the time they got to the house so I didn't really get to see them until Saturday Morning. With pretty lousy weather we opted for non outdoor activities such as The Blue Onion Bistro, Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, and the Olympic Sculpture Gardens. Later we ended up at The Copper Gate for a couple hours before ultimately ending up back at the house for some Tutta Bella. Mucho alcohol was consumed and a good time was had by all.

Michele and Eithne exploring their centurion side at the S.A.M. kids play area.

S.A.M. shop, everyone liked the chairs.

Even me.

Pike Place view.

New installation at the sculpture garden.

Today we started with the traditional S&M household guest breakfast of crepes. Amazing that we've been here for nearly a year and this is only the second time I've made them since we've been here. After our food settled we headed out on an exploratory ride. Thanks to the fact that Pat has not come and retrieved his bike yet we were able to supply gearies for all. From home we headed over to Ballard to hit the locks, stopped at Dutch Bikes in Ballard, and then up to 42nd and Fremont in an attempt to eat at Paseo(closed on Sunday), straight down Fremont to Dad Watson's for lunch and spirits. Post lunch stops included the troll, Gasworks, cross the Eastlake bridge to a closed dessert shop, UW campus to make our presence known in the quad, Ravenna Park for zipline fun and back home. 6.5-7 hours and 16.5 miles between departure and return home including the many, many stops.

We found the conference bike at Dutch bikes and even got to ride it around the block, it was awesome.

Thinking about what's important at Gasworks.

Fooling around at Gasworks.

The Ravenna Park zipline. This thing is awesome.

Check out the look on Michele's face, priceless.

The mother of all bike lanes. wide enough to ride four across if you so desire.

John and Eithne are off to do some climbing during the week and will be back next weekend for even more activities.

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