Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dexter to Ann Arbor

We woke up early to eat a little breakfast before heading to the race. The race was from Dexter to Ann Arbor so we had to park in Ann Arbor and get bussed to Dexter. The race was very well organized. When we got to Dexter there were a lot of people hanging out in the sun waiting for the race to start. This one lady was videotaping and videotaped the crowd through the reflection on Jeff’s sunglasses. I would like to see her video. I knew the race was going to be competitive because they offered free entry to any elite runner…(half marathons around usually around 50 dollars) but I didn’t think it was going to be as competitive as it was! My first mile was a 6:07 and I knew there were girls in front of me. I was thinking that that was great because they must have started too fast and will be coming back to me later on in the race. They didn’t. I looked up the top 5 after the race—quite the running resumes…Olympians, DI steeple chase national champion..etc. Anyways, Jeff and I ran the first 11 miles together. We didn’t really talk, we had a good rhythm going, and were feeling great. However, I died midway through mile 11. My last two miles were 50 seconds slower than the other. I learned a valuable lesson….take a gel or gu in order to keep you from running out of juice. It was a fun race though and even with 2 really bad miles I got an 18 second PR and won my age group so I can’t complain. Jeff did awesome! After the race we enjoyed the post race festivities and then headed home to shower. After we showered we headed over to Jeff’s mentor. Jeff’s mentor is a Christian vascular surgeon. He has a wife and 3 really cute kids. They grilled burgers. We ate in the sun on the deck. The kids were hilarious. There was a 9 year old girl, a 7 year old boy, and a 4 year old boy. They were always wanting them to watch them do tricks or play with them. After that we headed to Jeff’s and watched Slumdog Millionaire. I would highly recommend it. After that it was time for me to head back to Chicago! What a great weekend!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ann Arbor

The next morning I woke up around 8:30 and Jeff was making breakfast. He made blueberry pancakes, and eggs with potatoes and salsa. It was very good. I was impressed...nice work Jeff : ) After that we took some bikes and cruised around downtown Ann Arbor. Our first stop was a coffee shop. We read the news and chatted and felt like old people. The next stop was the farmers market. We didn’t buy anything but enjoyed the atmosphere and felt like Hippies. Next we went to a shoe store that sells shoes for the medical profession. There are special shoes that are for people that stand on there feet all day. He didn’t end up getting them because they were 130 dollars so he wanted to think about it. As we were biking home we saw a sidewalk stand that had crocks for 5 dollars. I wanted some. I found some in my size but they had gotten dirty outside. I went in to see if they had some more. It ended up that only the little kids ones were 5 dollars and the adults that were dirty were 10 and the packaged ones were 15. I think I must have looked really disappointed because he said “okay okay, you can have the new ones for 5.” I was super excided about this. They are kind of marbled light pink and white. They will be perfect for kayaking or camping. After we got back we went for a short 3 mile run to get ready for the race the next morning and then headed over to packet pickup. After packed pick up we met 5 other med students that were doing the half marathon for dinner at Olive Garden. We all had a lot of pasta and bread sticks. Most of the other students were M2’s instead of M3’s. One of the girls did her undergrad at UW! After dinner Jeff and I went over to Nate’s (fellow med student, and runner- have spent time with him several times). We watched the Redwing game there. Detroit got really lucky. They won the game but didn’t outplay the other team. By the time the game was over it was after 11PM so we went home and went right to sleep.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Traveling to A2

Today I traveled to Ann Arbor after work. Our bus got off to a late start so I was worried that we would be late but the bus driver didn’t stop for a rest stop so we arrived 20 minutes early! Jeff picked me up and we went right to his apartment. We talked for a few hours with Ted, Jeff’s roommate. He is in OBGYN rotation. It was interesting to here about his experiences. It’s kind of crazy to think about getting knocked out for your surgery and then having 5 med students getting taught about women anatomy while you are unconscious! Jeff has been getting up around 6:30 so he has been going to bed in the 11’s which is very different then his normal sleep pattern. We all went to bed after chatting and laughing for awhile.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

cleaning the freezer

Sorry to gross you all out but I thought you might want to know that it is a good idea to remove the grate on the bottom of your freezer and clean under there. You might be surprised at how dirty it is! GROSS! Well that is one of the many things I did. Tonight I was on a roll. Cooked food for the week, cleaned my shower, mopped, dusted, labled my various USB cords, got stamps, wrote and mailed some checks, and did some scrapbooking.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Torth Lake Day 3

This morning Jeff and I did our own things. I went for a run and Jeff did the RAT (ride around torch). Caitlyn, Ryan, Tracy, and Dave had gotten up to torch the night before so this morning there was a lot of people at breakfast. Jeff and I took the Kayaks out later in the day. We didn’t take them out very long because our hands were getting really cold. The water is the same temperature as an ice bath. It can’t be much above 40 degrees. We stayed close to the shore because if we were to tip we would have about a minute to get out of the water before we would freeze to death. Later in the day we took the speed boat out. The lake was looking so beautiful. We went and looked at all the mansion on the lake. After that we had to hurry to leave to drive to Kalamazoo. I caught my train with plenty of time. What a fun weekend

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Torch Lake Day 2

The next morning we all got ready for church and headed to town- one problem though. Nobody had checked what time church started or the exact location. We drove to one and the service started at 11. We drove to another and it started at 11 also. It was about 10:20. The younger kids really wanted to just get back so we ended up just heading back to the house instead of waiting until 11 for the church to start. It was kind of a funny morning. When we got back Jeff and I went for a little bike ride to Lake Michigan and back. The lake was really beautiful. Later that day we went golfing. We played 9 holes with teams. We were at the golf course from 4PM to 8PM! It was a slow game. Jeff played great. I, on the other hand, need to work on my golf skills. I think I perform well under pressure because if there was water I would hit it really good : ) When we got back we were all really hungry but dinner was ready which was really nice. Mrs. Crawford had made grilled chicken, cheesy potatoes, Asian chicken salad, jello salad, rolls, and fruit salad. After dinner we had a fire down by the water. Calab, Dave, Jeff and I then played a very very long game of Settlers. Dave and I were battling it out for the longest road and everyone thought that Jeff was a non-factor. He had practically no settlements or cities or roads. However, he kept getting development cards. It ended up that he had a lot of victory points in his development cards. We were trading with him without thinking about it because it looked like he was loosing big time and then he won! Haha. It was a fun time and I did end up with the longest road : )

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Torch Lake Day 1

Today we woke up and talked awhile with everyone and then had a big breakfast of eggs, pancakes, fruit, bacon, and toast. Jeff and I then went for our traditional run to North Beach and back. Later in the day we played tennis. He won the set 3-6. We went back and did some reading. Later we had a good dinner of pork tenderloin, potatoes, fruit, salad, and bread. Susie, Jeff and I played a fun board game after dinner. Jeff ended up beating me by 2 points. We had some brownies and ice-cream for dessert and then called it a night.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Chase Corporate Challenge

Today after work was the Chase Corporate Challenge. The race started at 7:10 but we all headed over after work and hung out for a bit. It was a hot hot night. Rob had done the Challenge last year so he knew that we had to get to the start line about 20 minutes early so that we would be at the front. When the gun went off it was a bit of a shock to the system because usually you do some strides and jog around right before instead of being packed into a corral for 20 minutes. I went out a bit fast (first mile was 5:23-ish) but it was nice to be the first female from the start. A lot of guys started too fast and there was a couple hair pin turns at the beginning that were hard to do quickly with the congestion. We went onto Lower Wacker and that was death. The hot air just had settled there and it was sooo hot and stuffy. It felt so nice to get out of there (even though it was still hot). The route had a long out and back stretch so I got a lot of cheers from other people in my company who were running on the other side of the road. Holly came to watch the race and I really appreciated her cheering for me. Coming into the home stretch I knew I was going to get first female. I was excited. This was only the second time in my life that I have gotten to break the finish line tape. Nothing beats that. However, this was a very different feeling! This was no tape! Usually these banners are precut so it rips easily…not this one! This was a fake leather material and did not break at all. So I guess I can’t say that I “broke the tape” I have to say I ran into the tape : ). Fun none the less. When I finished they whisked me away and started asking me all these questions and all I wanted was something to drink. I said “can I please have some water.” I guzzled the water they gave me and then I told them the information I needed. They gave me two more Gatorades d I pounded those. I didn’t even feel water logged after drinking all that. I must have really needed the liquids. They handed me this slip that said “Please report to the awards tent at NOW.” I found that kind of funny at the time. Why would they hand me a piece of paper that told me to be right where I was NOW. But then knowing my history of missing awards on accident this was pretty fitting. They brought the first place man and women up and gave us these giant Tiffany’s boxes. I was hoping there was some diamonds in it but it ended up being a big bowl. I guess it is quite a nice bowl and it has etched on it “Chase Corporate Challenge First Place Female.” Actually it is going to be very useful because I only own one serving bowl. We are still waiting to see how we did as a team. We should have a good chance at the co-ed team. We have one guy who ran in college and was a head of me and another guy not far behind me, and then a girl that was 4 minutes behind me. Last year are combined time would have placed us second. However, last year the course was 3.35 instead of 3.5 so we might have won as a mixed gender team. After the race we had a cookout in the park. I stayed until 9:30 just enjoying the summer night and good food. It was fun to meet some of the families of my coworkers and some of the owners of the company.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Universal Sole Monday Run

Today I went running with Universal Sole. It was a fun run. The weather was perfect. I did a tempo run for 40 minutes. I say “I” because I think that these guys were going close to there normal pace but it was fast for me. The GPS said we were averaging 6:33 miles. It was a nice change in rhythm. The guys that I ran with had done the Corporate Challenge last year. They said it is absolutely chaos. There are 30,000 people doing a 3.5 mile race and since it isn’t chip timing everyone wants to be up in the front. Also, it is an out and back run so on the way back you run into on coming runners! Eeek! One of the guys that I ran with just started a job for a small solar water heater company (he used to be a software engineer). They are mainly marketing to restaurants. The technology is used throughout Germany right now but isn’t used in the states yet. He sounded really excited about his work. I liked his enthusiasm.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lunch with Line and family

I woke up today to sunshine. It is starting to feel like Spring (I mean it is almost June : ) I left for church too early so when I got there I realized I was 15 minutes early. It was such a nice day I thought I would just go for a walk around the block. I ended up running into a friend and started chatting. She said she was working out and I said “goodness! You look way to cute to be working out.” And then she said that she lived in Colorado for a short while and that everyone in Colorado spends a lot of money on looking good when working out. Interesting. I didn’t know that. So I ended up being 10 minutes late for church instead of 15 minutes early. That always happens to me. I will think I am too early- I should do something really quick and then I end up being late…haha. Church was on being more focused on being one body of believers instead of categorizing and focusing on the differences. After church Holly, Lisa, and I met Line and her parents for lunch. Line had made a reservation at Bistro Zinc which is kind of funny because I have been there three times and there are a bunch of other restaurants in my neighborhood that I haven’t tried. I got the same thing though. I just love this sandwich- it reminds me of my mom’s ratatouille sandwich which I love. It is good bread with a lot goat cheese on one side and a little pesto on the other with a ton of grilled veggies in the middle. It was really fun to meet Line’s parents. It ends up that her father was in the Olympics in crew and got a silver medal. Wow! I have met a lot of Olympians in my life! Line was very dressed up for her graduation and looked so beautiful (as well as her parents). I got to admit that I think the Europeans have American’s beat on dress. The whole family looked so stylish and classy- everything from nails to shoes to just how neatly they ate their food or how they posed for a picture!

Still no power but I am getting used to this. I found my head lamp that I got from Jeff and it is really bright. The only thing that I can’t live with is the freezer. I bought some ice for it but it is just obnoxious to have to worry about your food going bad.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tri-Taylor running

I had a fun morning with Jenny, Tyler, and Paul. I met them at a coffee shop in the tri-taylor area and then we ran into town and through Little Italy. It’s fun to explore new areas running. Running is just the right pace- walking takes to long and biking is to fast and you have to concentrate on not bumping into someone/something. Afterwards the Café gave us a free beverage (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate). We then walked over to a school’s rummage sale. We all found a few DVD’s for 50 cents each.

When I came back I was sleepy and wanted to take a nap...but I couldn't because it was daylight! I still don't have power so I have to make the most of the natural light. I did my laundry and other random chores. I went to the Library to check my email. I got a hold of the electric company who said I had to try back between 7-5 M-F. ...urggg.

Friday, May 15, 2009

No Power

Today, I got home and went to turn on the lights…”darn my light bulb is burned out” I thought. Then I went to the fridge to get a snack…”oh no! The light in the fridge is out.” I had no power. I tried calling my land lord and calling the electric facility. Then I decided there was no reason to stick around in a dark apartment and went and met Joko for a run. I came back refreshed and ready to combat the problem. That was for about 2 hours and then I realized that I was wet from running in the rain, hungry because it was now 8 PM, and uncomfortable because I was sitting on a wash machine in order to charge my phone (which was dead because I had thought it was charging all day). I decided I had done all I could and would hope I would be able to contact the electric company in the morning. I took a shower by candle light, and then ate as much as I could from my fridge since I knew that food wouldn’t last long…..oh boy…what an adventure this is going to be………..

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last Chace Meet

Today I raced home and changed and ran to Union Station. I met Mel there and we took the Metra to Naperville to watch Calvin at the North Central Last Chance meet. It was a beautiful night. Watching the race brought back so many memories of competing at that meet. It was always during finals week…eek..don’t miss that! Kelly and Sarah did well in the 10k. It was cool to be able to see Kelly’s last race in a Calvin Uniform. I got to run a little with Mel on the Prairie Path. Naperville is a cute little town. It was fun to talk to the coaches, Liz, and Gries as well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Power Convention and Mile Repeats

Today was

Today I went to two lectures: one on Solar Energy and one on Carbon Capturing for Fossil plants. Both were very interesting and I came away with a lot of thoughts. Pretty much, like everything, things are much more complicated than you think. Every solution has quite a few cons and quite a few pros. If you want to know more about what I learned you will have to ask me. I don’t want to put it on the blog. Above are a couple pictures that they showed in the Solar Presentation.
After work I met Line and Kalina at the zoo to do some mile repeats. Kalina convinced me to do one more than I wanted to—she said “you don’t look tired at all.” I tried to convince her that I was but she convinced me to do one more. Good peer pressure. We had fun talking on our cool down. Line explained her problem with not knowing that “dating” was “in a relationship.” When we talked about it I realized it is really confusing. What happened was a guy asked if they were dating and she though “well yes-they had gone on dates.” He thought they were now boyfriend and girlfriend and she didn’t know that. Kalina who is also from Europe said that she didn’t understand that either. I guess the American dating system is flawed. Perhaps we need to bring back the term “going steady” haha.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dinner with Extended Family

Today after work I had dinner with Jim L, Pete, Willma, John Vandyke and his grandparents, John and Hilda. I decided to take them to the Tempo Café which is just a few blocks from me. We were lucky and found street parking right away. They all liked there meals. It was quiet, it had a lot of variety of food, and almost everything was under 10 dollars. Uncle Pete got a French dip and said “I have gotten a lot of French dips in my life and this is the first time I received the whole loaf of French bread!” This was quite amazing. He took enough home for probably 3 lunches. I think if I went back I would get this dish that I saw people getting that comes in a half of a cantaloupe! It was nice to talk to everyone: such nice people. I really enjoyed dinner with all of them. Once again: such NICE people.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Universal Sole

Today after work I ran with Universal Sole. It was a great day for running because it was sunny and cool. They had a short presentation before the run. They always try to teach you something before we head out. This one was on the importance of massage in running! Ha! I don’t know if I could justify getting a massage. One of my friends told me that she just got back from Mexico where she was going to a destination wedding. A day before they were going to leave they canceled the wedding. Everyone still went and had a good time but it was pretty crazy. While I was running I saw one of my friends was running ahead of me. As I passed, I decided to tap him on the shoulder. BAD idea. I scared the living daylights out of him and am lucky I didn’t either give him a heart attack or get myself beat up before he realized he knew me. Won’t do that again! Besides Universal Sole my night included nothing special: returns to express, recycling running shoes at Nike, getting groceries, and eating dinner.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Nate and Franny spent the night at Jeff’s and had breakfast with us. Jeff was a great host and got breakfast ready for everyone. After they left we cleaned up and went to Church. The series is on common questions and concerns that non-Christians pose. This sermon was on people that say “The world would be better without any organized religion.” He stated lot’s of instances when religion was the cause of something horrible. The conclusion was pretty obvious- you can’t generalize- for example: just because some Moms murder there children doesn’t mean that mom’s are inherently evil (just because somethings have been done in the name of religion that are evil doesn’t mean that religion is evil.) Although the overall point was obvious the pastor made several interesting points. There was a special offering for an organization that helps single mothers since it was Mother’s Day which I thought was neat. We stuck around a little bit after the sermon and chatted and had snacks. We went for a short run and then over to the Crawford’s for dinner. There were a ton of them. All 7 brothers and there families and then both grandma’s and Aunt Cindy (Mrs. C’s sister) were there. They were grilling burgers and dogs. My favorite was just the appetizers though I liked the shrimp cocktail, spinach dip in a bread bowl, fruit salad, and Big B’s vanilla latte. We watched some of the Redwings game. I wished I could have stuck around longer but I had to go catch my train back to Chicago!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Kyaking and barbeque

The next morning Jeff and I had a nice breakfast together and then prepared the salad and veggie burgers for later. Then we headed out on a nice run. It was all trails, the sun was out, and the air felt fresh and clean. Alittle later, Nate and franny arrived from Grand Rapids, and Chris from Jeff’s church came over. We all went down to the river to rent Kayaks. Nate and Franny brought there own sweet Kayaks. I ended up getting a single and Jeff and Chris shared a double. We paddled up the river for about an hour. Then we floated back down. I don’t think I have ever floated down a river in a kayak! We then went back and 3 more friends came over for a barbeque. I had never made veggie burgers before and it ended up being quite a problem. They just were falling apart so I had to run up really quite to fry them in a skillet. Fortunately the beef burgers did not get cold. We had a great spread of curried pasta salad, quinoa salad, cornbread squares, lime tortilla chips, burgers, beers, and brownies. We got really lucky with the weather. It rained off and on all day but never when we were outside! We sat around Jeff’s apartment for a long time telling old stories and memories. I don’t think that I have laughed that much in quite awhile. It was one funny story after another.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Med School Party in Ann Arbor

Today I took the Megabus to Ann Arbor to visit Jeff. I got in around 11PM and we went straight to a party. The Fourth years just graduated and the 3rd years are just about to start. There were a lot of people out and I am starting to remember names and know people in Jeff’s class which is cool.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dancing on the wall

Today was a beautiful day EXCEPT from 6:00-7:00 which was about when I was running haha. We had a big thunderstorm. It felt tropical though because it was warm and the rain drops were large. I felt bad for a lot of bike groups who were just starting biking when it started to rain. I ran into an old friend from Calvin on my run. She used to run mid distance and was a couple years older than me. I saw the most amazing show on my way back from my run. On one of the skyscrapers there was a group of 4 dancers dancing on the wall….sideways. They were harnessing to the top perpendicular to the wall. It just felt so weird- like the world was tipped 90 degrees. I talked to Jeff on my way home and he was excited that he got his pager today.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Accident on the El and bible study

Today when I got out of work it was pouring. Absolutely pouring! I decided to take the el home. It was pretty full so we were all kind of pushing to get people to move in. The lady next to me all of a sudden fell! There is a small hole between the el train and the platform and her leg was jammed in. I was panicked. I tried to pull her out but she was a large lady and her leg was swelling up from the pressure. That was a bad first response of mine. Everyone started screaming to the driver to stop. We finally got her out buy having her lay down and then we pulled her pants out and then were able to twist her leg out. I am sure she is going to be hurting tomorrow. How scary! When I got home I ate and then the rain had passed. I went on a run and the air felt so refreshing from the rain. I resurrected my Garmin that I hadn’t used in a couple of years. When I got back I realized that I had a phone message from Paul saying traffic was bad so it would be better if I could take the El to bible study. This was fine but meant that I had to leave right away I quick showered and then ran to the el stop. I was just 10 minutes late to bible study which wasn’t bad. Mark led bible study. We started bible study by splitting up and having the guys right down what they expected from women and the girls what they expected from men. It was interesting to hear the different perceptions. I think the biggest perception that the guys disagreed with is that they aren’t emotional. We decided that guys and girls experience the same emotions just sometime the outlet is sometimes different. We talked about Psalm 139. It is finals week for the people in grad school. I sure don’t miss that!
I went home and got to talk to Jeff briefly. Sounds like 3rd year is going to be busy but he is excited. He was fitted for some sort of gas mask yesterday and has been thrilled with the free breakfasts and lunches he gets in orientation. We also talked about our plans this weekend. We are having a cook-out with seven friends so we wanted to make sure we had the food we needed. Should be fun!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Last morning of vacation

Today we went to went to the west Seattle waterfront and ran. It was so calm and peaceful. It felt like vacation because we realized that everyone was at work except us! We stopped by REI on our way home. After that it was straight to the airport. The flight went smoothly but we got stuck on the el for awhile. It was kind of frustrating just because we were so close to home and had been traveling for so long.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

making the most of the sunshine

Today we woke up and it was nice and sunny. It was supposed to rain. We ate breakfast and then I suggested that we bike to Church to take advantage of the weather. We biked to church and then after church it was still nice weather so we biked home. Then my dad rollerbladed as we ran to I90 and back. It was bicycle Sunday so Lake Washington Blvd was closed to cars. A lot of people were out enjoying the day. It was really fun. Then I went to Seward Park where my mom was working for WEI. They were walking around the park to gain awareness to the amount of time women in Kenya spend walking to get water and also to raise money for rain catching jugs ( I wanted to go to the park to see a friend of my mom and I: Mary. It was nice to see her briefly. When I got back Jeff was helping my dad with yard work. I had to pry him away from the yard because I wanted to go downtown. We drove down town and had fun at Pike Place. We bought some asparagus and bread to go with halibut for dinner. We also had some tasty samples. We then went to Gap and AE to look around. Jeff ended up getting 2 nice shirts. We left downtown and helped with dinner. My dad was in charge of the fish. My mom broke her hand so she was in charge of telling us how to do stuff. Jeff set the table and cut the bread. I made the salad and asparagus. My mom made a really good rhubarb crisp one handed. Jeff invited his cousin and her boyfriend over and I invited my high school friend Ally. We all had a great dinner together. So much fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Arboretum, Art Museums, Relaxing

This morning we headed to the Arboretum after breakfast. My dad went with us and took some pictures of all the pretty flowers. It was Opening Day for the boating season so there were a lot of people down by the Cut. We had fun running down Azalea lane and through all the Rhododendrons. This is a picture of Jeff and I enjoying the smell of the skunk cabbage : ) After our nice run we headed back to shower. We then went to Tacoma with my mom and dad. We ate at this great place called Indochine. It was Thai Fusion food I believe. I loved it. It had a pool of water in the middle of it and pretty wood tables. But the restaurant was not as pretty as our food! Wow! Quite a great display when they brought it out. I had more Ahi tuna than I could eat, great huge shrimp with lots of fresh veggies and more. After our great lunch we went to the Glass Museum. It was fun to watch them blow and work the glass. After that we went to the Tacoma Art Museum. They had a neat exhibit on the Author of the “How things work” books. Jeff and my dad loved the human body illustrations. I did also. He really showed things in a fresh light. I could tell the guy was brilliant.
After that we went home. Jeff and I turned on the fire and did some reading. My parents had dinner plans with their friends. Jeff and I made a pizza together. It was quite a challenge. We tried to roll the dough and throw the dough but it kept contracting. I tried clamping the dough to the edge of the pizza pan with chip clips to get it to stay stretched. Finally we got it to be the size of the pan (we did have to patch up some holes haha). The pizza actually ended up great. It was a spinach and chicken pizza and it was delicious. We watched a couple detective shows on TV as we relaxed and ate our pizza. Another great day.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Northwest Trek, Trail Running, and the Stones

We woke up at 7AM because we were still on Central Time. We had a good breakfast and headed to Northwest Trek. It was about an hour drive. On our way there we passed a Great Harvest Bread which is my favorite so we had to stop for samples. We ended up getting a little cinnamon chip roll. When we arrived at Northwest Track we had a great time. I really can’t go through everything that we saw/did so I will have to give some highlights. 1. Learning taht a barn owl's "satellite dish" face helps pick up noise hundreds of feet away. One ear is positioned higher than the other as part of a cool 3D hearing system. 2. having the Elk come right up to Jeff’s window on the Tram . He was practically looking Jeff in the eye and licking his camera. 3. Seeing the baby Bisen. 4. Learning that a Moose eats 23,000 calories a day along with a ton of other interesting facts. 5. Having the grizzly bear snort at us whenever we raised a camera. 6. seeing a bunch of hilarious kids who were loving seeing the animals. 7. feeling like I was on vacation and had no where and nothing I needed to do!
We were at the Trek for 4 hours. We had a picnic lunch in the sun at the park. On our way home we stopped in a town called Orting and where there was a trail that ran along the river. It was a beautiful run. We were pretty hot and thursty when we finished though. We stopped for icecream on the way home and it hit the spot. We had leftovers for dinner with my family. After dinner we plugged Jeff’s camera into the TV and showed our pictures. Then my dad put in his movie of the Rolling Stones that he rented. My mom and I fell asleep and the guy watched the movie. Another great day in Seattle! (pictures to come)