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June 28th, 2009 | in Family | 2 comments

Mark & Johannah invited us over for dinner Saturday night; Johannah loves to cook and it was a great excuse to get some family together.



Those that got to enjoy a  wonderful meal of scallops, talapia, pasta salad, asparagas & garlic mashed potatoes are: Mark, Johannah, Skylar, Jim (Johannah’s dad), Marissa, Bill, Jim & myself. Johannah out did herself on the dinner. Skylar cut up a bunch of strawberries for strawberry shortcake and Marissa brought over a homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie, both excellent (I had some of both!). Me, I bring beer and wine, what else 😉


The day was perfect, we got to enjoy the dinner outside on the back patio at Mark and Johannah’s newly purchased home. They are having fun (and LOTS of hard work) making it their own.

June 28th, 2009 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

A few more pictures to share…



(don’t forget, you click on the right or left side of the picture, they will rotate as you click)

  • celebrated a birthday with Dave
  • had dinner with son Mark & family
  • had dinner with friends Keith & Sandy (20+ yrs friendship)
  • Jim & I got our haircut with Toni (been cutting our hair for 20+ years)
  • took the RV in for a new awning…


We have been busy, times flies so fast. The RV should be ready Monday; we head down to Portland on Tuesday for the month of July…

June 27th, 2009 | in Friends, Scenic | Leave a comment

Yes, the dreaded but exhilarating Poo-Poo Point. I wanted to see if I could do it, but knew I would be hurting when I was done. I was right on both accounts, I made it to the top and my calves are still barking at me :) I want to thank the ladies for dragging me along on this hike, I really slowed them down, but they got lots of rest on the way up. Poo-Poo Point is where the paragliders launch themselves over Tiger Mountain for a great ride down.


I was always lagging behind

I was always lagging behind, but it was really steep… about 1800 ft vertical in 1.5 miles; that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.


top of South launch

Looking out over the Cedar Grove landfill from the South launch site


Vicki in silhouette

Vicki just over the rise to the North launch site


Lake Washington from North launch

looking down the actual North launch over Issaquah and towards Lake Washington


Hiking girls

Awesome ladies; Rhonda, Jennifer & Vicki; there is no slowing them down


Mossy tree & creek

This mossy tree was very cool, looked like velvet on the branches


Looking up at the North launch

We came out behind Issaquah HS (under renovation), look up – center – you can see the North launch site that we hiked up to (light green cleared area).


I would do this hike again, but definitely need to be in better shape! or maybe I just didn’t do enough stretches afterward, nope, better shape… thanks again ladies, for letting me tag (and drag) along :)


June 26th, 2009 | in Friends, Scenic | Leave a comment
It's dark in here

It’s very dark… here… in this forest… up on Cougar Mountain


Follow the Red Town Creek Trail

It’s not exactly the yellow brick road, but more fun


The dogs are keeping us on track

The dogs are leading the pack


Girls on the bridge

Leslie, Rhonda & Vicki





Magical forest

Dog in the magical forest


Thanks ladies for letting me tag along on your Thursday hike, it was fun, but Poo-Poo Point next week? Sheesh!


June 26th, 2009 | in Friends, Wine & Wine Tasting | Leave a comment

 Dave & Vicki came to see us the last weekend of our stay in Walla Walla; this was their first trip here.


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I told them to be ready for some power tasting! Check out the pictures, here’s the line-up:



dinner at T. Maccarone’s


Ensemble Cellars

Coffee (waiting for Buty to open)


lunch at Brasserie Four

Sleight of Hand

Walla Walla Vintners


Saviah Cellars

Pepper Bridge Winery

Flying Trout Winery

dinner at Saffron


L’Ecole #41

Woodward Canyon

then the drive home…

Dave & Vicki were kind enough to ask us over for dinner after the drive from Walla Walla:


Dave cutting up lamb chops, YUM

 Dave getting the lamb chops ready for the table


The table is all set for a great, simple, meal

The table all set for dinner



sitting around the table

chatting around the dinner table


So, that’s it for Walla Walla, aren’t you glad? I miss it already, but it is so great to be around family and friends again here in the Seattle area.


June 24th, 2009 | in Friends, Wine & Wine Tasting | Leave a comment

 Another new style to try out…



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 Bob & Kathy Bolam came to visit us for a couple of days the first part of the 2nd week in Walla Walla. Jim and I took Bob wine tasting on Monday while Kath stayed home to keep tabs on their dog Mokie. We missed Kath, but I am sure that Mokie appreciated it.


The best viewing of this style of "picture book" is to take it to full screen size (click on small screen, bottom left of the book), and then flip the pages. I am still trying to figure out how to put captions on the pictures, but until then, thought I would do the post and see what comments I might get. I like the book "look & feel", but if I can’t use captions, doesn’t do me much good :)


Until there are captions, these are the wineries we visited in the order of the pictures: 1) Reininger Winery, 2) Cougar Crest Winery, 3) L’Ecole #41, 4) Glencorrie Winery, 5) 3 Rivers Winery 

June 22nd, 2009 | in Friends | 4 comments

If this is your first time here, welcome! If not, well, hi, how have you been?


Jim Kim Vicki Dave


I just wanted to thank you for stopping by, everyone is busy, but I sure like letting people know what we are up to on our travels. I just sent out the note about all the changes, so I hope that brought you here and that you will remember about us and come back often :)



June 21st, 2009 | in Friends, Wine & Wine Tasting | 2 comments

I know, more Walla Walla, but then, we love it so much! We had so much to do; we did wine tasting on our own, Vintage Walla Walla (previous post), had friends from ID come down (new post to come), friends over from Seattle (another new post to come) and storm damage to our awning (previous post).


This one is all about "us". Prior to Vintage weekend and in-between friends, Jim and I dropped in on some of our favorite wineries and got the chance to try a few new ones.  Here is a picture video of some of those stops:



I hope you don’t get too tired of this format, it makes it easy for me (well, sort of, it does take time to put it together) for display purposes and hopefully easy for you, no clicking through lots of pictures.


So sit back… relax… hey, why not get a glass of wine and enjoy??? :)

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June 20th, 2009 | in Scenic | 2 comments
Sky on fire from the RV park


This sunset was on Sunday, June 7th. The colors were wonderful, but we were already in the RV park and there was no where to go to get a better picture. You can see a "ball of fire" just over the 5th wheel (center of the picture).


Sun is setting


This sunset was the last Saturday night (June 13th) in Walla Walla. I took the picture over a wheat field near the RV park.


Sunset continues


The sun continues to go down…


Sunset over wheat fields


just below the horizon…


Last of the sunset


the final colors as the sun fades into the night…


June 20th, 2009 | in Wine & Wine Tasting | Leave a comment


Not only did we go to Walla Walla to enjoy wine tasting, but also to learn more about the Walla Walla wine region (and to taste more wine). One way to learn a lot, is to take part in the Vintage Walla Walla weekend; it’s always the first full weekend in June. The Walla Walla Wine Alliance puts it on every year, this is our 2nd time, we went in 2005 also.


We get to learn about the "Terrior" of the area (what makes the Walla Walla AVA so great), taste lots of great wine (newer and older vintages), learn about how to blend wine, eat great food paired with local wines, and meet up with old friends and make new ones.

The video is made up of pictures that I took over the 2 day event. I hope it will give you an idea of what we did and how much fun it can be. I almost messed up, I thought the winery dinner was Saturday night when it actually was on Friday.


 We had left the Vintage pour a little early, I was so "red wined" out. We headed over to the Hangar Lounge (Dunham Cellars converts part of the winery once a month to a fun lounge) to listen to some live music and have a glass of white wine. We had already eaten dinner before the vintage tasting to make sure that we had food in our tummies. Well, on our way home from the Hangar, I got a phone call asking us if we were going to the dinner. OOPS! We were full of wine and food already, but didn’t want to miss out on the fun. We turned around, drove back to Flying Trout Winery and enjoyed some of the food and even more great wine. I was SOOOO full by the time we finally headed home. We also had more tasting and more food to enjoy at the brunch on Saturday! Oh well, you only live once :)


There’s more Walla Walla to come…