Relaxing pre-race ride
David and I rode out to Edmonds on Saturday to visit Mom before taking off on our South Africa trip. It was a leisurely short ride, so different than what I've been doing these past six months and it reminded me that bike riding can be a really pleasurable means of transportation, not just a way to train up for a triathlon.
At Momís we christened the pasta maker by making ravioli. We stuffed the little pillows with a delicious squash filling.
Sunday morning we rode back to Pioneer Square at the same leisurely pace then went to the Collins Pub for brunch. It was a blissful weekend.
This year for Independence Day weekend Michelle, Mom and I went to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Kristin couldn't join us as she is studying chemistry, medical terminology and anatomy on her way to becoming a chiropractor. The weather was glorious and we did lots of walking on the sandy beach.
We stayed at The Courtyard Hotel which was very comfortable, clean and just a 5 minute walk from the ocean.
Michelle and I went for a hike in nearby Ecola (not to be confused with the bacterium which ends with an "i") State Park. Whilst climbing around on some massive barnacle covered rocks and up a treacherously steep cliff, I rediscovered how much more daring Michelle is than I.
This is Haystack Rock, 235 feet high and the third largest coastal monolith in the world. It is a designated marine and bird sanctuary. The tidepools around the rock are filled with limpets, barnacles, starfish, crabs, sea sculpins and anemones. Tufted Puffins nest on the rock in the summer.