Saturday, April 7, 2018

March 2018 Teasing Spring in Seattle

March 2018 Teasing Spring in Seattle

After one of those winters that others think always occurs in Seattle we were ready for Spring, Especially after returning from our Texas trip. The days would bounce from a almost spring day to back to winter type temps and rain. March constantly teasing that Spring was here. Everything started to bloom and started to look like Spring was emerging but no early Spring this year. We now make weekly or bi-weekly trips by ferry to Eagle Harbor to enjoy the Island and complete boat projects in anticipation of the Real Spring.

The day after we returned from Texas our son-in-law treated us to tickets to a Sounders VS Los Angeles FC match. 

The Sounders lost 0-1 but it was obvious the new kids on the block had a great team and a great coach.
See The Band:

The boat project for March was removing the Dutchman system and installing a a Mack Pack. It takes two to install the Lazy Jacks so I hired a dock neighbor to install the cheek blocks just above the spreaders.

All done. A great DIY project, he Mack Pack will make raising and lowering and stowing the main a lot easier. 

On our walk to the grocery store we discover the Amazon Banana stand, free bananas for everyone. Amazon was having a employee meeting at Key Arena. Scores of buses were lined up ready to take them all back to the South Lake union campus. 

Wow, a new huge Dry Dock just arrived, pretty cool to see the submersible ship.Always cool stuff to see in Elliot Bay on the Ferry ride to Bainbridge Island

Zhen Hua must specialize in shipping big stuff, this is the second one of their ships I have seen bringing in unusual cargo.

Walking at Fort Ward is of of our favorite spots great views of the Olympics.
Evidently there is some  Blue Heron migration.

The Labyrinth

So you choose your chant while turning the prayer wheel 9 times, very powerful experience.

Great swing for meditation.

The view from the swing.

Spreading Peace and Love to you!

This guy observes your meditation.

By the time you make it to the middle you are cleansed!

How sharp was your surveyor, ours found this cracked sail slide and included it on the survey report. About a 15 minute job ripping the old out and sewing the new in. Fortunately I recently learned about seam ripping tools and so gettin ghte old out was a lot easier than before.  

Heading East on the Ferry made the Sunset last a long time. 

Wow, the ship was slowly submerging to offload the dry dock.

Arriving Seattle and we still have a sunset!

Spring means Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington

The local news said the blossoms were full but not quite yet. The Asian community shows up big time for the blossom.

Pink Magnolias we learned.
Well it just so happened to be First Thursday so free Museum day. This Univ. of Wash museum was all about social justice, historical social awareness and tolerance. 

One interesting piece on the wall had an everyday photograph, the label besides the photograph had a long synopsis regarding the photo, and inside all those words were these:
"Your presence is contingent on your absence elsewhere."
You were not allowed to take photos in this section of the museum so I took the one above to go with the quotation.

We had to stop at the Captains Nautical Store over in Ballard for some Puget Sound charts. Well I was surprised to see my book on the shelve of this iconic Seattle store. 

We make weekly and sometimes bi-weekly visits to Eagle Harbor to do projects on the boat. Looking from Pocket beach in Seattle, Eagle harbor is to the right of the sunset about mid-picture.

We are looking forward to our move to Shillshole Marina so when we are over in Ballard we drive over to take our walks along Shillshole Bay and Golden Gardens Park.

On our walk back to Shillshole I took pics of this racer hosting his boat back onto his trailer.

With a electric motorized hand truck they simply  move there racers back to the storage lot.

When we first moved to Seattle our son-in-law pointed out the Amazon building he started work in when he first came to Seattle on 2nd Avenue downtown.

 I wanted to get a picture of it before it was knocked down for a high rise. Just really a few short years from this single building to the sprawling Amazon campus that now reached from the southern edge of Downtown to South Lake Union.

I think this might have been the very first Amazon Building when they were just an online bookstore. I Googled "Amazon's 1st headquarters" and I found this so maybe it is? Jeff Bezos story is very interesting, check it out.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

February 2018 in Seattle Saved By TEXAS

February 2018 in Seattle Saved By TEXAS

Our fifth winter in the Pacific Northwest has turned into one of those that most people think of that have little experience in this region. This winter has been record setting in terms of rain, cold temperatures, think 30's, and of course the cold and flu season. The beginning of February was one of recovering from the flu and cold bugs and finding indoor activities especially with the grand-kids.

Another Longhorn in our future? Who Knows what this world will be like 17 years from now?

When we did have a sun day we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island to check on the boat and take short hikes in our favorite parks. We always go to Fort Ward which is located on the shores of Rich Passage that leads from Elliot Bay to Port Orchard and Bremerton. Since there were significant WWII military installations along this route this fort guarded the passage.
In 1903, Fort Ward was officially commissioned as a seacoast fort with the primary objective of protecting the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Two gun batteries are located in the park. During World War II, the navy used the fort as a radio station and training school for communication personnel and installed a submarine net across Rich Passage.

The heavy moss provides a convenient alternative to traditional graffiti.

Two gun turret bases remain

views of the Olympics and especially the Brothers Peaks

Fay Bainbridge is another great place to visit on Bainbridge. This special February day is crystal clear allowing all The Mountains to come out and play. 

We could see all the way to Whidby Island in the center of this pic and all the Cascade range beyond.

Low tide in Eagle Harbor

As we boarded the ferry to leave we can say goodby to SNOWBALL just across the harbor in Eagle Harbor Marina.

A rainy day activity. Big D learns new skills and I get a haircut.

100's of Serendipity type artist had a hand in sculpting this magnificent piece made of thousands of small wood pieces glued together 

John Grade’s large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, echoes the contours of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

Be sure to see the video here:

If the sun came out in February, so did we, no matter what the temp was.

AHHH- Austin , sunny and 70 degrees. First we went to our Brookdale property to check out the new paint and found a couple of small projects like replacing the water cut off housing. 

Fourtunately we have a neighbor across the street that knows a lot more about trees than us. He recommended the we go to Shoal Creek Nursery and talk to the experts Sam or James there. So we pulled off some bark and took a couple of picks. 

James diagnosed it as Carpenter Ants and sold us this. 

Then he said to feed the treees in two months with these organic products.

Judging by his demeanor we learned that if we had been keeping our tree healthy then the carpenter ants would not be a problem in the first place. 

We planned on some fun on South Congress. We planned on a afternoon at the Continental but our son suggested we also check out the Chicken Shit Bingo at C-Boys Heart and Soul. 

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars were playing at Chicken Shit Bingo

The rules, be sure to buy a beer fist, the IPA with the Goose on the spigot isn't bad.

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Just a short walk down south congress and your in the thick of it at The Continental

The Marshall Hood Band was pretty damn Good!

Cheated Death One more time by driving I-35 to Cowtown to spend a couple days with the Admirals dad. We are continuing our effort to help him downsize his 3,000 square foot hobby shop. We loaded up nearly 5 full tall file cabinets full of high school annuals dated from 1929 to the present and took them to the Travis County Archives located in the Old Tandy building, the one on the right.
"Our mission is to collect, preserve and offer for research documents which are a record of Tarrant County history.  To give a hint of the variety of our holdings, explore the various options from our guide to collections. We house more than 600 named collections in a more than 10,000 square foot facility located on the fifth floor of the Tarrant County Plaza Building."

More Serendipity, on the first Floor of the building is a Conference Center named after the Admiral's Step Uncle. He was the president of Tandy for many years and put technology in the hands of the masses through Radio Shack.

Our oldest Grandaughters latest Art projects, She is into fabrics and design and is headed to University of Texas next year.

Yes, 5 Cats

Our son was determined to take us to get some Mexican food at a new spot, El Alma.
Not sure if I was going to like this place, a lot of Millennials in there. This is NOT Tex Mex, it is more like interior Mexican food. 

But it has a 2018 Austin flavor
Veggie Verde Enchiladas spinach, mushrooms, rajas, smoky tomatillo salsa, raw hemp seeds. white rice, black beans. $15      I can not tell you how much I liked this food, definitely going back for more on the next trip.

Our trip to Texas saved us from the cold Pacific Northwest and flu bugs  We returned to Seattle eagerly awaiting the turn of the seasons and begin our new journeys aboard SNOWBALL.