May 2009


 

Woke up after a wee sleep.
I weighed myself for the first time in a long time. I am at a new record low. The hike yesterday sent me to this point.
Ate a huge breakfast.
We headed down to the Lake City Freddy’s for provisions.
Back home.
Then over to the Freddy’s in Ballard picking Realta up at Annabelle’s. She had a good time at the prom last night.
Bought a few more items at Freddy’s and then over to Whole Foods for the remainder of the provisions.
Home.
I primed the trim in the bathroom.
Then we walked over to Target to buy a few cake tins.
Next we walked over to QFC for cooking powder. We met Alan and Suzanne out for their jog. On the way back from the QFC Pat Coyne passed by honking. Today it was a small world.
Carmen came by for a wee visit.
Natasha cooked enchiladas for dinner followed by a smashing chocolate cake. All this should counteract the weigh in this morning.
Watched some more “24”
Oh yea I forgot I watched a movie the other night called “My Bloody Valentine”
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There were parts in it where I found myself kind of looking away from the gore. A good killer type movie.

We went for a walk down around 80th for 58 minutes. This may counteract the first slice of cake I had for dessert.

Woke up early after a wee sleep.
Ate a huge breakfast and headed off over to Leavenworth and down 9.4 miles on Icicle Creek Road to the trailhead of the “Fourth Of July Creek” trail.
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I’m not so fond of snakes really. Damn and off we go.
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We cross over the creek,
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The trail begins with an uphill slope all the way up through a sparsely treed area and then up through a flowery meadow. I loved the meadow and going through it. The colors were so nice.
100_3695.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

Some Lupines.
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Plants from Montana for Natasha and Joyce. “Bitterroot”
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Balsam Root or Mules Ear
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Some good views along the way up.
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After the one hour going throw the meadow the trail got steeper and it was a tiring walk that went on for another hour. I could have turned back at any time but the mule in me just said keep on hoofing it. The scenery was so good anyway.
100_3727.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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Phlox.
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The forest up here burned the trees down pretty much. Yesterday’s forest fires are today’s meadows. The cons are you get the sun beating down on you all the way up. The pros are uninterrupted views all around you.
100_3747.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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we continue up.
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this is where we have come up.
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Our destination is off in the distance. Still a very long way to go.
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At the snow line the trail gets lost. People are turning back at this point. The two stubborn mules plod ahead. We take a wide climb up to the right and then sweep off to the left across undisturbed snow towards the summit.
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I realized as I was going across the snow sinking up past my knees in some areas my face was hurting a little. It was because I was smiling so much. I was at a very happy moment in my life. This trail has opened up so much natural nature to my eyes. I felt so alive. So much so I could have died right here happy.

It took us nearly 50 minutes to cross the snow and arrive at the summit.
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100_3807.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

We hiked up nearly 5,000 feet to this point here at 7,028 feet. It was around six and a half miles up to here. We have been walking uphill for 3 hours and 35 minutes. Without doubt one of the best hikes for the scenery we have been on to date. Another record for us with the nearly 5,000 foot gain and six plus miles in. More gain than Mailbox Peak last week but over a longer distance. So a 800 foot gain per mile as supposed to 1600 foot gain per mile to Mailbox Peak. However the constant uphill walking for the six plus miles took a lot of effort.

We hike down for a moment to have our lunch. Never a bad view having lunch on a hike.
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We depart the summit and down along at a steady clip towards the bottom. Tiring enough on the legs going down too.
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Back over the creek
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and we are down after 2 hours and 26 minutes of walking. That’s up on 13 miles total.

Into the Jeep and off to Leavenworth to grab a bite for dinner. Then the 120 mile drive home.
Realta is at her prom tonight and won’t be home.
I put on the dessert.

Now I will shower and relax for a bit.

Fourth Of July Creek full of happiness
Woke up early after a wee sleep.
Ate a huge breakfast and headed off over to Leavenworth and down 9.4 miles on Icicle Creek Road to the trailhead of the “Fourth Of July Creek” trail.
100_3692.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

I’m not so fond of snakes really. Damn and off we go.
100_3693.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

We cross over the creek,
100_3694.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

The trail begins with an uphill slope all the way up through a sparsely treed area and then up through a flowery meadow. I loved the meadow and going through it. The colors were so nice.
100_3695.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

Some Lupines.
100_3697.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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100_3704.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

Plants from Montana for Natasha and Joyce. “Bitterroot”
100_3713.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

Balsam Root or Mules Ear
100_3716.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3717.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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Some good views along the way up.
100_3724.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

After the one hour going throw the meadow the trail got steeper and it was a tiring walk that went on for another hour. I could have turned back at any time but the mule in me just said keep on hoofing it. The scenery was so good anyway.
100_3727.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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Phlox.
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100_3743.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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The forest up here burned the trees down pretty much. Yesterday’s forest fires are today’s meadows. The cons are you get the sun beating down on you all the way up. The pros are uninterrupted views all around you.
100_3747.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3750.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

we continue up.
100_3757.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

this is where we have come up.
100_3758.jpg picture by irelandsking

100_3764.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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Our destination is off in the distance. Still a very long way to go.
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100_3785.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3786.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3791.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

At the snow line the trail gets lost. People are turning back at this point. The two stubborn mules plod ahead. We take a wide climb up to the right and then sweep off to the left across undisturbed snow towards the summit.
100_3795.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

I realized as I was going across the snow sinking up past my knees in some areas my face was hurting a little. It was because I was smiling so much. I was at a very happy moment in my life. This trail has opened up so much natural nature to my eyes. I felt so alive. So much so I could have died right here happy.

It took us nearly 50 minutes to cross the snow and arrive at the summit.
100_3805.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3807.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

We hiked up nearly 5,000 feet to this point here at 7,028 feet. It was around six and a half miles up to here. We have been walking uphill for 3 hours and 35 minutes. Without doubt one of the best hikes for the scenery we have been on to date. Another record for us with the nearly 5,000 foot gain and six plus miles in. More gain than Mailbox Peak last week but over a longer distance. So a 800 foot gain per mile as supposed to 1600 foot gain per mile to Mailbox Peak. However the constant uphill walking for the six plus miles took a lot of effort.

We hike down for a moment to have our lunch. Never a bad view having lunch on a hike.
100_3810.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

100_3811.jpg 4th of July Creek hike to the old lookout site. May 09 picture by irelandsking

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We depart the summit and down along at a steady clip towards the bottom. Tiring enough on the legs going down too.
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Back over the creek
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and we are down after 2 hours and 26 minutes of walking. That’s up on 13 miles total.

Into the Jeep and off to Leavenworth to grab a bite for dinner. Then the 120 mile drive home.
Realta is at her prom tonight and won’t be home.
I put on the dessert.

Now I will shower and relax for a bit.

Woke up feeling kind of ok today.
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Off up to Fairhaven again. Stopped off at Home Depot on the way to rent a ladder.
James arrived around 8:30 as replanned.
Took a gwall of the building apart. Found the leak and packed up. Called Cleopatra on the way home to set up a meeting with her for next week.
Made the drive home in great time and got the ladder back 9 hours after renting it.
Picked Realta up and took her to the job.
Home.

When the good woman came home we headed over to Choi’s Grill for dinner. Then we headed down to the Triple Door to see “Luka Bloom”  http://www.lukabloom.com/ in concert.

I have heard of Luka Bloom and his music for many years but this was the first time I saw him in concert.

Luka Bloom w/opener Birdie Busch

Description

The younger brother of influential Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore, Barry Moore had tired of being in his brother’s shadow when he decided to relocate to the United States in 1987. Re-christening himself Luka Bloom during the long airplane ride, he took the first steps toward establishing his own reputation. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. His reworking of LL Cool J’s “I Need Love” transformed the song from its hip-hop origins to a brogue-inflected folk tune.

Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing has given LUKA BLOOM, child of a musical Irish family, a secure place on the music map. His live performances are prolific and highly entertaining, featuring Luka’s distinctive “electro-acoustic” style of guitar playing.

“The naked honesty…is breathtaking. …someone whose quest is far from over, but whose comfort in his own skin bears testament to a road well traveled.” – The Irish Times
 

We met Donegal on the way in and we sat together for the show.

I have seen his brother Christy in concert over the years and Luka lived up to him. A good show in all.
Birdie Busch, not my cup of tea really. Waited for one good song and it came a little bit in her song about Passwords.
The Triple Door, I think it opened up around 2002 or 2003. This was my first time here. Probably the best concert venue I have visited on all of Seattle. Very intimate setting and the acoustics were totally great. We had dessert there too. That was ok.
So overall a great night.

Home now and I will get a nap in before the hike up in the Leavenworth area tomorrow.

 

We met Donegal on the way in and we sat together for the show.

I have seen his brother Christy in concert over the years and Luka lived up to him. A good show in all.
Birdie Busch, not my cup of tea really. Waited for one good song and it came a little bit in her song about Passwords.
The Triple Door, I think it opened up around 2002 or 2003. This was my first time here. Probably the best concert venue I have visited on all of Seattle. Very intimate setting and the acoustics were totally great. We had dessert there too. That was ok.
So overall a great night.

Woke up tired. Packed up my truck for the investigation and headed up the very familiar road to Fairhaven.
Got set up and James from CAI showed up. We went to town on the area of suspect. A huge amount of openings later and we found the source of the damage.
We went to Lunch down the street to some restaurant. The name is not in my mind right now. Anyway I had a great salad.
Back to the job and cleaned up. Then took the garbage back to Seattle. Tomorrow I will leave for Fairhaven again. Maybe on Monday too. We’ll see.

Dinner

24 season seven for a bit.

Up and out the door. Well after breakfast of course. Today I went down to Delia’s to install tile along with Paul. It was good to see Terry and Delia. We got the upper deck finished with the tile. Tomorrow we will cut and install the bottom deck tiles. I will pick up the saw at Betty’s house on the way home. Inside Betty’s I was just about to round up the saw and me phone rang. Kyle looking for a wee investigation opening to be done at Creekside tomorrow. We set it up and now tomorrow I won’t be laying tiles. It will be opening up some more of the building @ Fairhaven. I went up to the post office to pick up my parcel that has been sitting there for a while. Then dropped off receipts to Kim. Seems like I got a lot of stuff done that I was too busy to do done. Ok well I have a few pay checks to deposit for the last few weeks that I had no time to get done. Maybe tomorrow, then again I get paid again on Friday so I could do all 5 checks then I suppose. Natasha cooked a great dinner and I cooked a wee dessert. Then we went for a 64 minute walk. We did stop into Safeway for a few provisions and met Shay and Moe along the way and chatted to them for a bit. All this time was not included in the 64 minutes. I went over to say good bye to Ciara and Dean. They will leave with baby Mike for Ireland tomorrow. Mike was asleep when we got there. Talked to them for a while and then in true Irish fashion Bridget and I went into the kitchen and talked for hours. Now I may sleep for the trip up to Fairhaven in the morning.

Woke up a wee tired. Got the dump truck and headed off up the I-5 to Fairhaven.
I loaded up the garbage and material. Chatted with Luke for a while.
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Got everything I needed to do, done. Then I headed out of Creekside for now. Not sure when we will visit again.
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The morning had rain in it up here.

Home and switched items from the dump truck to mine. Then dropped it off. Talked to Mary back in the old country. She had a bit of news to pass on. Picked Realta up at school. Then we brought the three foster cats we had back to the store. Dropped her to her Yoga class. Got home just before Natasha. We headed up to Costco for a few items. Then dinner by Choi’s Mongolian Grill and dessert by me.

Done for now.

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