Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rock & Roll Seattle

Yesterday was the 2011 version of the Seattle Rock & Roll Marathon / Half-Marathon.  This was my third running of this even and Sue's first ever half marathon.  This race is quite a production and started for us the day prior to the actual run.

We went to the Quest Field Event Center Friday afternoon to pick up our race numbers and go through the expo.  There were at least 100 vendors there selling running related items from shoes, clothes, food and gadgets.  It is quite interesting to browse through the booths, although it would be better if there were not several thousand other people trying to do the same thing at the same time.  After the expo we made a quick trip to the REI flagship store and then on to dinner at Cheesecake Factory (the Fettuccine Alfredo is delicious) and then to a hotel for the night with a 7 pm lights out and a 3:15 am wake-up call.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

North to Alaska

Sue and I spent last week taking a cruise to Alaska along with some dear friends.  This was my first 'cruise' other than in the Navy or aboard my parents boat several decades ago.  I must say that it was quite different from either of those prior experiences.  The Golden Princess carried 2600 passengers and 1100 crew, making it larger than at least one of the towns we visited.  Service was wonderful, the food was endless and fairly good, and the accommodations were nice.  There were a lot of opportunities to stay busy on board, ranging from eating, working out, eating, going to shows or movies, eating, and lounging around.  Did I mention eating?  So much food!