Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Junior Returns to Seattle

Brian and I saw the rubber game of the three game series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, June 24th. The M’s won 3-2, despite Ken Griffey, Jr.’s two home runs. It was Junior’s triumphant return to Seattle having played for the M’s from 1989-1999. The “kid” as he was known back then brought back a lot of memories for me. As a “kid” myself I fondly remember those summer evenings spent in the Kingdome and even though I was living in Australia during the 1995 season, I still remember Junior’s smile on the bottom of that “dog pile” after beating the Yankees.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Saturday in Seattle

Brian and I spent Saturday in Seattle. I had a nice 2 hour lunch-chat with my Mom who I had not seen since Mother’s Day. It was a nice time for us to catch-up and it gave Brian a chance to re-connect with the north-end of Seattle (his old stomping ground). The picture below is of the house my Mom shares near Seward Park with two other women, although the entire top floor is hers. It's a wonderful house with lots of light and space.

(This picture was taken Mother's Day Weekend)
In the late afternoon, Brian and I headed to the Greenwood area and to Brian’s favorite pub, the 74th Street Alehouse. The place was packed as the area was hosting an antique car show, but we got a spot at the bar and had a quick drink before walking to Sonja and Geoff’s for a wedding wine tasting/BBQ.

As you can see, we had a great time at Sonja and Geoff’s - blind tasting chardonnays for their wedding reception and grilling fresh corn on the cob, garden burgers and chicken. Sonja made a yummy berry crisp for dessert and Brian and I headed back to Tacoma before dark – leaving Sonja and Geoff time to prepare for their 100 mile bike ride on Sunday.


Old Town Tacoma - Cafe Divino/The Spar

Happy Monday!

Brian took me to Old Town Tacoma on Friday night after I got off the train. It was our first time exploring this area of Tacoma (south west of downtown) very close to the water (excellent views of the sunset) on one of the longest days of the year.

We started out at CafĂ© DiVino, a quaint wine bar with a nice selection of wines by the glass and an interesting - adventurous menu for such a small place. We skipped appetizers and dinner and opted to walk “kitty corner” across the street to The Spar Tavern. A total day/night experience! The Spar is Tacoma's oldest saloon with a loud and boisterous crowd for a Friday night. Brian and I had a pint of Fat Tire and watched the start of the M’s/Red’s game at Safeco Field. Dinner was a BLT (Brian) and a homemade “fishwhich” (Stacy) and the Spar’s famous homemade potato chips.

We left about twilight and discovered a beautiful neighborhood of older homes with manicured lawns and turn of the century architecture. A place we will definitely explore in the months to come!


Friday, June 22, 2007

Fanno Creek Greenway "Greenbelt" Trail

Sandra and I have been walking the "greenbelt" for over 2 months now. We've discovered about a 2 mile loop from Rebecca Lane over Greenway and onto the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail. It's a great walk with beautiful weeping willows and rows of poplar trees. Many nights we see squirrels and hear numerous birds (part of the greenbelt is devoted to a bird watching area with information boards).

The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District maintains an extensive urban trail system. With more than 35 miles of trails, many of which are multi-use where residents can enjoy the outdoors at their own pace. Our "greenbelt" is east of Greenway between Hall and Scholls Ferry with a park size of 87.37 acres.

At the end of July they are hosting a free outdoor concert from 6-8. What a great summer evening activity. We are looking forward to that!


The ROSE LADY's House

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day Weekend in Eugene, OR


I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Our weather here in the Pacific NW continues to be cool, cloudy and wet. It was a lovely weekend in Eugene despite not having a clear, sunny day to explore King Estate Winery in Lorane, OR - one of the Willamette Valley's premier wineries. Check out the website for pictures, wine descriptions and the menu.

Brian and I drove down from Portland on Saturday morning and my Dad and Rosemary and Rosemary's mother, Phyllis drove Brian and I out to Lorane, OR for lunch at the estate. We had a wonderful complimentary tasting and all really enjoyed the Pinot Gris and even the "ice" processed dessert wine. Our lunch was fantastic, especially the torchon of duck foie gras with pineapple chutney. It paired well with the Pinot Gris. Brian and my Dad had crabcakes and Rosemary and Phyllis had a white bean soup. Excellent and decadent food.

After lunch we took a wonderful drive around the back side of Spencer's Butte and back to Eugene/Springfield to share our Delaware pictures with the family.

We met my Dad and Rosemary in downtown Eugene for dinner at the Lucky Noodle Cafe for an amazing dinner. Brian once again had the penne with braised beef and I treated myself to the filet mignon special - cooked to perfection. It's quite an interesting restaurant with an Asian theme, but an eclectic menu including pasta, seafood and grilled steak.

It was nice to spend the weekend in Eugene!


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Chambers Bay - Tacoma, WA

Happy Wednesday!

Over the weekend, Brian and I had an up close and personal walk through the new Chambers Bay golf course set to open on June 23rd. It's situated right on the Puget Sound about 2 miles from Brian's front door. I've been watching them construct the course for the past year as the train rolls right past the course.

They've incorporated this interesting black-top walking trail through the golf course - which I initially thought was the cart path, but come to find out they are not allowing golf carts (sorry Pop) - caddies only!

Brian and I walked from Grandview street down into the course to water level on a nice trail and then through the course and back up a 10% grade to Grandview. The entire walk took us about an hour (but Brian did it in 45 minutes, 2 days later - with a slight jog).

This course will be hard to play, especially on a windy day. Check it out!



Monday, June 11, 2007


Thursday, April 26th:
As Brian previously mentioned in his baseball blog, Thursday was spent in Philadelphia, PA. We headed north from Wilmington mid-morning and walked around historic Philadelphia. Philadelphia's architectural history dates back to Colonial times and has included a wide range of styles, sometimes showcased within a range of several blocks. Most of the city's landmarks in Old City and the Historical District in the Society Hill neighborhood east of Center City, including Independence National Historical Park, site of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. A steady drizzle fell as we walked around Independence Hall and snapped a few photos. Unfortunately, with tickets to see the Phillies we didn’t have time to wait in line to see the Liberty Bell, although it is visible through a large window from the outside of the building. I did, however eat my first “authentic” street cart Philly Cheese steak. YUM!

We drove south back to Citizen’s Bank Park for the 3:05 business person’s special against the Washington Nationals. The Philadelphia Phillies have played in the National League since their inception in 1883.
Although the Phillies are currently the only major-league baseball franchise operating in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Athletics, now based in Oakland after residing in Kansas City from 1955-67, were the club's (generally more successful) cross-town rivals during the first half of the 20th century. They are the oldest continuous one-nickname, one-city franchise in all of American professional sports (although the team briefly used alternate nicknames in some years). The Phillies also have had a long acquaintance with futility. They won their first league title in their 33rd season (1915), and they won their first World Series in their 98th season (1980), the 78th season since the beginning of the modern World Series in 1903, becoming the last of the 16 pre-expansion Major League franchises to win the World Series. In 2007, the franchise will reach the ignominious mark of 10,000 losses. Despite the club's meager overall success, the team has had its share of talent, and currently claims 31 Hall of Famers including, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Richie Ashburn.
Citizens Bank Park (informally called "The Bank") is a 43,647-seat baseball only stadium that opened on April 3, 2004. The ballpark was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium. Behind center field is Ashburn Alley, named after Phillies great center fielder and Hall of Famer, Richie Ashburn, a walkway featuring restaurants and memorabilia from Phillies history, along with a restaurant/bar and grille called "Harry The K's" named after Hall of Fame broadcaster, Harry Kalas (the Campbell soup commercial guy as well as the voice of NFL Films). It was a chilly afternoon so Brian and I hit the Phillies shop for a long-sleeved shirt and wandered around every inch of the park. Brian really wanted me to walk up to Greg Luzinski in “Bull's BBQ” for an autograph and to reminisce about watching him play for the Eugene Emeralds when I was a little girl – but I was too chicken! Instead, we walked down to field level and watched the last of the Nat’s batting practice and one of the coaches tossed me a ball!

Brian and I had great seats down the 3rd base line and in the upper deck. A great over-all view of the entire field and the city of Philadelphia.

Friday, April 27th :
Our last day on the east coast! Brian, Ann and I drove south into Cecil County, Maryland and had lunch with Brian’s Uncle Paul and Aunt Iggy at Wesley’s in Elkton, MD. Elkton was once known as the “Gretna Green of the West" because of its popularity as a place for eloping couples to marry until a state law was passed in 1938 requiring a 48-hour waiting period. Still, the town maintains several wedding chapels. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were married in the Main Street Chapel.

It was nice to meet more of Brian’s family and to talk with Uncle Paul about baseball. Knowing I am a huge baseball fan, he showed up to the restaurant with a Spring Training T-shirt especially for me!

After lunch we took a drive through the countryside and before I knew it, we were in Pennsylvania! I woke up in Deleware - I had lunch in Maryland and ended up in rural Pennsylvania. Sound confussed? Brian's mom, Ann had mentioned growing up in Pennsylvania in a home called "Elbow Lane". I had this idea that it was somewhere in the middle of the state and had no idea that it was so close to Newark, DE. Brian and I really enjoyed seeing the old home and Brian took a couple of really great photos.

A few last minute photos before we left the east coast. Brian's last meal request was a Philly Cheese Steak from Mike's in Newark, DE.

Our hosts, Kerry and Julie Lee

Our last evening at the Lee's.

Brian and I say our goodbyes to Ann.

Our east coast adventure is over. We are looking forward to our next trip to the east coast