A Tank of Weak Coffee

and a bouquet of cilantro

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All About Seattle
We left Denver on Friday, July 5, and arrived in Seattle late the next day. The land is much more forested than Colorado, and there is so much lush vegetation, the landscape is so beautiful!

July 7
We drove onto the ferry that would float us across the sound to Bainsbridge Island. The sky was dreary, the wind outside the passenger decks was fierce. I shoved my hat into my pocket to keep it from blowing away. Half an hour later, we were on the island. There is a liquor distillery, a winery, and a brewery on the island, and we had tastings from all. They were fantastic. I now know the differences between wines, which ones I like better than others. I found a trail beside one of the roads, and followed it quite a ways. We went to the Harbour Public House. Their fish and chips are excellent! Then for dinner we met up with Jaiko back in town for delicious Indian food at Kanishka. I had leftovers which fed me for a couple smaller meals, later.

July 8
We met up with Jai again, and enjoyed our day at the Woodland Park Zoo. The exhibits there are extremely well built! We all then went to a store called Uwajimaya, then parted ways. Later in the evening, I went to Dash Point State Park and waded into the sound. Here I learned that I don't like water as much as I thought I did. I blame leeches and seaweed.

July 9
This morning, I took my car to a repair shop and had them analyze some issues she has been having. I didn't have them fix anything, but I did ask for an oil change. Aaron and I drove up to Sea-Tac airport to meet his friend Twister. We went downtown to Pagliacci's Pizza, and their food was delicious. We walked around town for a few more hours. At the Pike Place Market, I stopped at a shop front to buy us all sesame seed balls. They were hot and mega tasty. We drove to Mercer Island, upstream from the sound, and found a neat park with a secluded stone beach, where we skipped rocks, talked, and saw a bald eagle fly just over us.

July 10
This day was a wind-down day for me. I didn't stray far from the hotel, because I was tired of driving. I bought a Nintendo 3DS, and some games, New Leaf, and Ocarina of Time. We packed our things into the car this night, so by morning, we could simply leave.

July 11
We left Seattle early this morning, and found ourselves in Winston, Oregon, by mid-day. I bought tickets for Wildlife Safari, which is a wildlife sanctuary that you drive through, kinda like Jurassic Park. What made this park worth driving the extra 350 miles off our route, was that this is where Tsavo and Enzi, the lion cubs who we hosted at the Denver Zoo, now live. We drove through the whole park, but when we passed by the lion exhibits, I could barely see them. There were several yards between the fence and the car, and the cubs were all the way in the back, laying in the shade. I could only see them when they moved, which was rarely. So. But I went to the information desk and got the adoption paperwork all sorted out. I am now a Protector-level Sponsor for Enzi! We kept driving so we could make it to Bend, Oregon, before dinner. We drove through a neat forest, Umpqua Natn'l Forest. The road was a fast, windy path between the forest and the river. It was such a pretty drive. But we made it to Bend in time, and we met Crash and his roommates, Soft, Mara, and Pix. We went out to grab some food at McMenamins, and Crash showed us downtown, and I watched the stars when we all got back to his place. We played a few card games, then I showered and went to bed.

July 12
We went out to breakfast with Crash, then to a park where we talked and drew before he had to work. We followed him to his shop, where we said our goodbyes. We then drove off for Denver.

July 13
Serenity broke down. Although, I knew what the trouble was, from the analysis on July 9th and a phone call to Jack. The problem was, we were in the middle of nowhere. Amazingly enough, from the time we broke down, to the time we left the mechanic, it was only 3 hours! We arrived in Denver in a rainstorm.

Despite not being able to play with Enzi, and that he didn't even know I was there, the day I got to see him again was still my favorite day of the trip. I got the sponsorship paperwork all settled, and although I couldn't schedule a private lion feeding for when I was in town, the opportunity will still be here for a while, I think. Another thing that made this day so much better was meeting Crash. I wish I could have stayed in Bend longer. That short time I was there I enjoyed myself much more than the five days in Seattle.

I'm kind of sick of my roommate Aaron now. :P

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That was a pretty intense amount of driving to get to Seattle from Denver in 2 long days, I used to live near SLC so I know that just to get to there is easily 8-10hrs and I don't think thats even half way. I am guessing a tankful of weak coffee wasn't quite enough to make that drive, probably needed a seattle expresso :P

Anyways glad you got to see Jaiko while there and enjoyed the day in Bend. If I recall correctly Bend Oregon was the home to the farm team that became the Rockies baseball team for the first few years of the team existing before training camp was moved to Arizona. So there is a small Denver connection there.

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