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27th-Jun-2017 09:32 pm - RECORD RUN FOR ME PAL
The day has come

Up in the 3am hour.

Headed on down to Renton and met up with Olivia. We went on a 7 mile run down along the Cedar River Trail and back. It went great and she did fabulous.

Bye bye and headed home. Had the breakkie. Passed away the morning. Took lunch and drinks up to Natasha and then headed to Costco.  Bought a few items here along with my own lunch.

Home

Natasha arrived and we went to Tengu Sushi for dinner. Then had the dessert at home while the evening passed away.

Now leaba

26th-Jun-2017 10:13 pm - OPEN DOORS
The day has come

Woke early.
Headed down to Gasworks Park to meet Bridget for a run. We met and ran the Lake Union Loop for a 6 plus miler. Had a great chat as usual along the way. Said our goodbyes and headed off.

I went home and had breakfast. I did the laundry. I started in on cleaning the grout on the kitchen counter tops. Then I removed the old doors off the bedrooms. Drilled out the new glass ones and cut out the hinges on all three. Then hung them up.

Natasha came home and I made dinner. We went through our lists for Banff. Had dessert and passed the evening away.

25th-Jun-2017 10:05 pm - IT'S LIFE
The day has come

Woke up early and passed away the day.

We went over to the Law Office for a wee bit. Then headed on down to Mod Pizza for lunch.

Back home and we watched a movie later on downstairs in the cooler climate. Life.

Feck, this one was good.

Was meant to go running today with Olivia but we didn’t get around to it.

Passed away the evening and now I lay in bed

24th-Jun-2017 11:49 pm - MOUNT SAINT HELENS HIKE
The day has come

Woke up before the alarm that went off at 3:45am.
Scott and Kristine were out and about. Made great pancakes for breakfast. Matt and Philippa got up and we all got the day started. Loaded up what we might need in the bags for the day and headed out.

We walked through the tree line.

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Came through into the clearing in a while. Could see the mountain in front of us now.

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We continued on hiking and went up along the snow. Used our ice axes along here and pretty much for the rest of the day.

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We stopped off along the way for snacks and meals. I built a dolmen in memory of my friend Theresa Hubbard. God be good to this lovely woman.
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Kristine decided soon after this point she had enough of the trip. She rested on the rock pile as the rest of us went on.

I broke away from the group and continued up at my own pace and reached the summit after a good leg burn hike up.

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It was truly a great view of al the mountains that could be seen all around us. Rainier, Adams, Shasta, Bachelor and Hood.

I sat and dined here looking back down from where we came. An hour later Matt and Philippa summited. They said Natasha was weary of the open air areas coming up and went back down to Kristine. Scott took her down.

We chatted at the summit for a while and then went over to have a look down into the lava dome.

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I then headed back over and jumped into a snow chute and rode the whole way back to the gang on the rocks. Kristine gave me some cream filled puffs that she had brought up in a cooler. Delicious. Ate some more here. Matt and Philippa came sliding in about an hour later.

Then we all got ready and slid all the way down to the open area before the trees. So approx. about 50% of the journey. Here we packed the ice axes in our packs and walked back out to the trail head.

This was truly a great hike and probably our big one for the year. We had snacks galore and chatted for a while. Then we headed out. Natasha and I stopped in Kelso and had dinner at Taco Time. Then I drove the rest of the way home. Arrived at our castle right before midnight.

23rd-Jun-2017 11:00 pm - THE EVE OF HELEN'S
The day has come

Up and at them as usual.
Today I took the Subaru in to be washed. .Then to the store to get the provisions for the trip later today.

In the afternoon me Natasha arrived home and we packed food and gear into the car. Headed off on the slowest I-5 south traffic I think I might have ever seen.

Stopped off in Chehalis to the Subway for a sambo on the way. Then headed on down to the Sno-Park at Marble Mountain to camp the night here before the hike.

Matt and Philippa showed up later on. We all got our places of sleeping sorted out inside the vehicles and lights out.

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22nd-Jun-2017 10:04 pm - BACK PACK
The day has come

Up as usual.
Passed away the morning as I do.

Later on I went for a run up to Carter on Aurora and 175th to pick up the car. It was 5.5 miles.

Next I headed on up to the outlet stores in Tulalip. Searched Eddie Bauer, North Face and Columbia looking for hiking back packs. None that would work at either stores. I headed out and stopped into McDonalds for a Reese’s Blizzard.

Ate the blizzard as I was driving down the road. I decided to stop into Cabela’s to look at their bags. Ended up buying a 40 liter back pack and then headed for home.

Natasha arrived and we went straight out for dinner. Tonight we went back to the sushi place in the U-District. We had gone before to this place when Cynthia was visiting a few years back. It is called Musashi’s. We ate a fine meal and headed out.

Back home we started to get stuff ready for our trip at the weekend. Then had dessert. Finished out the night doing noting much at all.

NOW?

The day has come

Woke up before 3am.
Passed away the morning before heading down to Renton to meet Olivia. Got there before 4 and we met up and went for our run. We had a grand chat and ran 5 miles down and back the Cedar River Trail. Today is her birthday to go with the Solstice.

Came home and chatted with the Natasha before she went to work. Had breakkie. Talked with Raven on the phone for a good while. First chat in years and it felt like we had just talked yesterday.

Bridget P came by to see me as well which made me smile. Tea and a chat followed. Always nice.

I then chatted to Teady Connolly on the Skype for a couple of hours. Hadn’t talked to him in many years either. We had a great chat and I felt good after that. My reclusive ways were all opened up today.

We went over to Gordito’s for dinner. Then over to Chocolati for dessert. Then into the Taproot Theater to see Busman’s Honeymoon.



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While the play was good I was falling asleep from the lack of sleep last night.

We headed home and the night was over.

20th-Jun-2017 09:04 pm - RECOVERY 19
The day has come

Up and at them.
Passed away the many hours before Bridget came over around 8am. We chatted for a while and then went out for a run.  It was my marathon recovery run. We ran up 12th down through the park and then continued down Roosevelt and headed east on 70th. Made our way over to 25th NE and headed north up onto Lake City Way. Then headed west up the great hill on NE 98th until we reached 12th and then continued down to the house. This was a grand 5 mile recovery run with hills.

Bridget headed out and I put the kettle on for the second time this day. Passed away another hour or two doing nothing much. Headed up to Trader Joe’s and QFC for provisions. Then home again. Did get some stuff from downstairs to get ready for the camping trip.

I went over to Subaru to pick up Natasha. She dropped the car off so they could have a look at the brakes. The light keeps coming on. Home for dinner. We watched a movie while eating dessert. Table 19.


It was alright

happy

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19th-Jun-2017 10:51 pm - DNA
The day has come

Woke up very early after little sleep.

I had no real signs that I ran a marathon yesterday.

Today I went over to Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought gel shots for the hike on Saturday. Dropped me DNA sample to the post office. At home I cleaned the garage out, well finished cleaning it out.

Bridget O came by for tea and a chat. We had a good chat this day and we will run my recovery run tomorrow.

I made dinner for Natasha and myself after Bridget headed out. We passed away the evening doing odds and odds. Did buy ice axes for our hike on Saturday as well.

Leaba. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

18th-Jun-2017 10:52 pm - ROCK AND ROLL BABY
The day has come

Up and at them.
Had the tea and bread. Then Natasha dropped me down at 15th and Pacific so I could walk on over to Husky Stadium for the start of the Seattle Rock And Roll Marathon.

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Walked on over and went to the bathroom. Talked to a girl from Guam there. Her Name was Pearl. Over on vacation and was able to fit this in.

I went up to my corral for the start and chatted to a nice Marathon Maniac there. She had forgotten her head phones but had come to terms that this is one race that it wasn’t so bad. And true, great scenery with a band every mile along the way.

And we are off. The first song on me iPhone was Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone from Live At Budokan. On we went crossed the 5K mark. I had to stop for the bathroom. Continues on, we passed along where the Wear Blue Run To Remember were lined up with the photo graphs of the fallen military. I counted 156 photos of each person along the way. Male, female, young, old and many photos taken with their kids. Some who won’t had a dad (or mom) around today for Fathers Day. Then we ran along by all the American flags that had a black ribbon on top. My patriotic heard was a beating proud for my adopted homeland here.

The race was well fuelled with water, Gatorade, chews and other bits so I was well hydrated. Had to use the bathroom again around mile 11. We were going through Seward Park at that time and I used the one in the park.  Then we ran back up to Seattle on Rainier Ave. At mile 17.85 we split away from the finishing half marathon runners who were turning in for Century Link Field.

We continued up the Viaduct and up 99 until before the Aurora Bridge where we did the u-turn and headed back south. The u-turn was around mile 22.5. Heading back down Aurora again having more drinks along the way. At mile 25 I called my Natasha to let her know where I was. She was already down there waiting for me. I continued into the start of the 26th mile with Paul McCartney singing All You Need Is Love. I was thinking about Natasha and I would be seeing her right after this song. I removed the headphones for the finish. We ran up between the fences and my first marathon in two years was over. I felt grand well. My moving time for the Rock & Roll Marathon Seattle is here.

Went through and got my medal. Then had two chocolate milks and half a banana. Went over and got my finishers running jacket. Headed off to Natasha straight away then. I walked down south to where she was parked. I was happy to see her as always. We then headed off down to Smarty Pants for out lunch. Ate a grand meal there.

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Headed up north when we were done. We stopped into QFC for a few provisions before going home. At home had a shower finally. It was good, well except the areas of chafing.

Realta popped down to see us for Fathers Day with Aine. We had the usual fun with them. It was great to have them visit. Meant a lot to me. We made plans for the future and had a great time. They had to head out to another party at Steve’s dad’s house.

Later on we ate dinner and copious amounts of dessert. Watched some of The Office on Netflix to pass the night away.

Off to bed and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz

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