We drove over to where Melissa and Sandy keep their double rowing skul (?sp) at the University of Washington water sports area – we hired a canoe and had a great couple of hours paddling amongst water lillies – there were turtles sun basking on the logs, some beautiful grey herons – twice as big as in NZ, and we saw a beautiful kingfisher too. Yesterday we went on a 2 hour hike, tomorrow it is a bike ride – Sandy and Melissa are super fit and I am doing my best to keep up – though they are lowering their expectations a little to include me, which is nice!
I can’t believe how good it is to be on this trip – I am sleeping, relaxing and enjoying the ride. Such a contrast to packing up and leaving my life in NZ for a while – its like a page has been turned.
Food is great in Seattle – we ate Ethiopian last night, had great gumbo at a pub tonight, and have found several places for good coffee. It feels like a great city – Puget Sound on one side, lakes on the other, distant mountains and volcanic peaks, lots of Vote for OBAMA posters in the front lawn.