|Scene taken on the south side of Mud Bay in Crescent Beach - looking towards the north shore mountains.|
This week saw Jeanette host a group of RN's for the monthly games night. Although retired, Jeanette does the occasional 'on call' surgical nursing duty and keeps in touch with all of her colleagues and ex colleagues. For years, these RN's have been getting together for a monthly games night.
|A special treat for those nurses who celebrated a June birthday. Jeanette prepared this cup cake concoction. (Note the alliteration)|
|The June birthday girls: Cynthia, Eunice, Lorraine and Sue.|
|Candles were lit and, with four deep breaths, they were quickly extinguished. Because I too celebrated a June birthday, I was included in the photo.|
|Following some yummy finger foods, and with furniture somewhat rearranged, these girls began their games night.|
|The party lasted well into the night....which means they shut things down and headed for home at about 10:30 pm|
I was busy with all sorts of things during the week - including some golf, a long motorcycle ride and an easy Sunday spent watching a bit of golf on TV, reading, writing this blog and getting ready for visitors this Monday.
We are also preparing for a really funky motorcycle ride involving 10 BC Ferries rides. We leave mid-week for that journey. More on that in the days ahead.
|At the ready for an early morning Tee off @ Peace Portal Golf Course - built in the late 1920's. It is located on the Canadian side of the Canada/USA border - next to the Peace Arch border crossing - ocean side.|
|The first Tee.|
|(L-R John, Rick, Al) Rick was the overall winner - with a really good round of golf.|
|It is sad to see these pine trees in distress.|
|Group shot @ the Beecher Street Cafe, Crescent Beach|
|An after dinner stroll on the beach was a fitting end to a great Canada Day.|
|One of the lovely gardens along our Crescent Beach walk.|
|Approaching downtown Seattle - on I-5|
|Oh yes, it had be a centre console shifter, with on dash goodies to satisfy an oil Barron, etc.|
|This is the truck....and what a beauty.|
We called Trevor to let him know that we were sitting in it and that it was true to the Ford dealer's internet info. He was thrilled (and we also know that he really wished he was there to test drive, crawl around, negotiate and seal the deal).
|Awesome looking truck, I dare say! Oh yes, one more major criteria!... the truck had to be a long box! It is!|
|Yep, these seats are heated. Ginette's criteria had been fulfilled.|
With the deal behind us, Jeanette and I began our ride back home. We could not believe the craziness that became a 4.5 hour ride back home. The normal ride is 2 hours. I-5 was packed to the gills with vehicles seemingly going nowhere fast or somewhere, very slowly. We have witnessed grid lock but this was Saturday - long weekend - Canada Day/July 4th - total craziness. About 30 minutes north of Seattle, the traffic was stopped dead. That's five lanes of metal on rubber, with nowhere to move. We still do not know why but, from our read, it was simply caused by far too many vehicles trying to get somewhere. It was vehicle Armageddon. Unimaginable volume! Once the traffic started moving again, we had to stop every 1/2 mile or so. This went on for about 40 minutes then all heck broke loose and we were back to speeds of 70+ mph. Only 10 minutes later, it was back to a dead stop. We simply tired of this and, because we know the back roads quite well in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State, we headed east on one off ramp and cruised east looking for parallel highway 9. Once found, we headed north through beautiful hills, mountains and prairie. Traffic was light and we were able to relax in the ride without the crazy stop/start that was the I-5 experience.
I seriously could not fathom doing the crazy grid lock Seattle rush hour during the regular work week. We have experienced that rush hour many times....and it is not for the faint of heart. Imagine that grid lock during the wet and dark winter mornings and evenings. But, I digress!
|Booting off I-5 for Highway 9 north.|
|Our view - northbound on Highway 9.|
A brief but warm thought for a blog follower and RV aficionado from southern Alberta. We understand from Tin TeePee/Log Cabin that John, from John & Brenda's Incredible Journey lost a brother recently. Our most sincere sympathies to you and your family.
Thanks for dropping by.