Archive for May, 2008

Day off – Golf – Mariners’ Game

Took the day off to do a practice round in preparation for the weekend tournament. The good news: I shot a solid 85. Bad news: I probably can’t play that well two days in a row. Trisha and I headed off to a Mariners’ game getting to the park early enough for a Dixie’s BBQ pre-game meal. We splurged and got Terrace Club seats. I’ll never go back to the bleachers again. What a comfy way to watch a ball game: nice padded seats, carpeted areas around the adjacent concession stands, TV monitors just few feet away to view replays, and an occasional foul ball coming our way. The only down side was the pathetic performance by the Mariners. It was a pretty dull game after that 7 run, 8 hit, 47 pitch top of the first by the Tigers.

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$4.14 a gallon!

Ughh! Just bought gas at $4.139 a gallon. That’s up about twenty cents since Saturday. I bet gas will be $5/gal. by July 4th.

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Golf – Memorial Day at Mt. Si

Mt. Si (white tees); teed off at 3:35. Shot a shakey 50 on the front (featuring an 8 on #1 and a 9 on #7). Rebounded with a 40 on the back nine. Could have been better except for that missed par putt from 2 feet on #17. Only hit 5 fairways.

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Memorial Day weekend

Yard work all day Sunday: cut grass, weeding, edging. Plants look great this year now that the elk fence is up. Cooked burgers over the grill for the first time this year. More weeding on Monday; Trisha weeded flagstones on patio. Golf in the late afternoon.

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Travel back to WA from New Mexico

Wake up at 5:30 a.m. for return flight Albuquerque to Seattle. Arrived pretty much on time and took limo back to North Bend. A glorious day in Washington, temp in 70’s. Good to be home after ten days travelling. Grass is at least 6 inches high.

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New Mexico trip – Durango to Albuquerque

Long drive back to Albuquerque (215 miles). Cold morning leaving Durango and hit snow for a while about two hours outside of Albuquerque. Visited the Petroglyph National Monument on the outskits of town and stopped by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. We had hoped to have dinner at the High Finance restaurant atop Sandia Peak overlooking Albuquerque but high winds closed the tram for the evening. We settled for a nice steakhouse (The Cooperage) where Trisha has steak and shimp scampi and I did steak and crab legs. Of course, there was a successful hunt for Baskin-Robbins after dinner.

—» Here are a few photos of the petroglyphs near Albuquerque.

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New Mexico trip – Durango–Silverton Railroad

Took the 9:00 train from Durango to Silverton. Started out as a beautiful day but about two hours into the trip we got rain and then snow, lots of snow. We were in an outside, open-to-the-air car and it was really cold. Cruising along at 20 mph in the snow at over 8,000 feet was quite the bracing experience. Silverton is an old mining town with just one paved road. We headed immediately for the local sporting goods store to purchase additional layers of clothes and gloves for the return trip. Cold and snow aside, the scenery was fabulous.

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