Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fourth of July Part 2

Day 3 found us taking an impromptu trip south towards Portland. We decided to take a detour down the Washington State side of the Columbia River Gouge. This drive wasn't new to Andy, as he lived near the Columbia River in Washington for a short while. Nevertheless, the views were spectacular. And we continued to have amazingly clear, sunny skies... as you can see.

Greg and Claire with the Columbia River in the background

Same view, without the fat guy and pasty girl
Onto the Oregon side of The Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is littered with waterfalls and other scenic stops for lazy tourist that don't want to hike very far.
Here is one such stop: Horsetail Falls
LookieHere. Ain't they cute?

"Act NORMAL for once!"

Next stop, Multnomah Falls.

On a whim, we called about getting a room at McMenamins-Edgefield. None of us other than Claire had heard of this place, but what a surprise it was. The property consisted of a series of buildings that houses rooms, bars, restaurants, a brewery, and a winery. We arrived around 3:00pm, had lunch, and then some drinks. And some drinks. And some drinks. Uggh.

Here are some pictures.

Us sitting outside the brewery with hole 1 of the Par 3 course in the background
Hey look! A red door. Whatever!

The lovely couples
And then we went to the Winery. Yeeaaahhh... about that...

We have no clue what happened after this picture
Okay, let's not talk about that again. Deal? Deal.

On to Portland. Again, no plans. Who cares, we're on a roll. Last Day. Let's do this!

After an unsuccessful attempt to eat at a nice, brunch locale, we stumbled upon the Portland Saturday Market. Just what the doctor ordered.

Big Girl Gotta Eat!

We decided to relive our McPosey Wedding Weekend in Portland. First stop: Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for some old-school arcade game playing.

Andy and Greg rocking some Contra

Claire at Ms Pac-Man
Next stop: Voodoo Donut - Site of the McPosey Wedding.
No one should eat this. Ever.

No more food for these two, please

Oh shit. We're eating again. Last stop, we promise. Back in Olympia, WA for dinner on the water.

And that's all she wrote, folks. The airport and a red-eye to Atlanta await. We had a great trip and we hope you enjoyed the pics. See you around.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fourth of July Part 1

Forth of July week in the Pacific Northwest to celebrate our 1st anniversary and visit with Claire and Greg. Claire lives in Olympia, WA, not too far from Seattle. We flew into Seattle and stayed the night downtown. First stop, Safeco Field to watch a Mariners' game.

Street view of Safeco's retractable roof
Claire's seats weren't too bad

The view from out seats and the weather were the only good things about this game. The Mariners are terrible.

This group isn't too shabby looking
After the game we headed downtown Seattle for some sightseeing. First stop, Pike Street Market. Unfortunately, the fish throwing shop, and many other businesses, were closed for the 4th.

Big girls gotta eat

The original Starbucks

Elisabeth, Claire, and Regina, Claire's roommate
Claire and Kool-Aid #fatjokes

Greg partaking in the local custom(?) of snake handling
The day was as clear as one could hope. It was hard to decide what photos to show.

Seahawks' and Mariners' stadiums with Mt. Rainer in the background


Other than the Mariner's game, we had no set plans for the week. A last-minute cancellation at Joey's on Lake Union allowed us this premo spot to eat dinner, drink some drinks, and watch some fireworks.  Elisabeth's friend Molly and her boyfriend, Jesse joined us for the evening on the lake.

Andy and Greg with Aaron Rodgers. We allowed him to sit at our table in exchange for this photo
Elisabeth, Molly, Regina, and Claire
One last picture before the explosions in the sky start

Day Two found us continuing on our Seattle sightseeing tour. First stop, the Space Needle.

Another clear day in Seattle. Who knew?

Another amazing view from the Space Needle

Da' Gang

After the Needle, we headed down to the Pier for some lunch and a final stroll through the Market.
Lunchtime on the water

Elisabeth's salmon pesto sliders and her white peach sangria

On the way back to Olympia, we stopped off in West Seattle to visit with Molly one last time. We headed over to Alki Beach for more amazing views and some brews. Rhyming is fun.

Alki Beach
Finally made it back to Olympia. As it doesn't get dark until nearly 10pm, we didn't eat dinner until 10:30.

Fish Tale Brew Pub for dinner and drinks
One last view of Fish Tale as we stumble our tired bodies back to the car
The 4th of July vacation started with a 4am alarm in a bed in Charleston, had us in Seattle for a Mariners' game, fireworks, and sightseeing and ended on an air mattress in Olympia, WA two days later. Pretty typical for us.

Part two coming soon.