Today, we started our day fairly early. We decided to take a walk down to the Puget Sound for our breakfast. We picked up a pastry and a drink at Starbucks (Imagine that!... There is one on every corner here) and headed out to the end of a pier. After breakfast and a few minutes of taking in the beautiful view of the Olympic Mountain Range, we headed back uphill to the hotel. The Moore's picked us up around 10am and we headed out for a personal tour. We headed down to Safeco Stadium to try to pick up some tickets for the Mariner's game on Sunday, July 15th, but the box office was not open. From there we headed up to the Queen Anne Hill Section of town to take in the beautiful view of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. After a short history lesson from Monte, we jumped back in the car and headed for a scenic drive and ended up at the Critterden Locks. These locks connect Lake Washington to the Puget Sound and allow traffic to pass thru. They have a fish ladder there, and we got to see some Salmon heading up to the lake. After
a view of the locks, we walked thru the gardens onsite and took some beautiful pictures. From there we headed out again for another scenic tour of Seattle neighborhoods. We ended up on the waterfront of the Puget Sound for lunch. After that we took a ride to the University of Washington, where Connie attended Nursing School. After that, we went over a floating bridge and landed at the Japanese Gardens. The gardens were beautiful, and I have lots of pictures of coy, blue herons, and baby ducks. The grounds were immacuately manicured, and we spend almost an hour wandering around. From there we headed out towards another friends house, Jing Jhong, but not before a stop to Fred Meyer to pick up some film. Jing Jhong was also stationed on the Indian reservation in South Dakota with my mom. Jing Jhong and his wife Nina, have a beautiful house that backs up to a golf course. We got a tour of the house, which included a lot of Nina's original artwork. Then we had some tea and lovely snacks. The two highlights were a new fruit from north China, called the fragant pear, which was delicious. Also, Nina and
Jing's daughter is a pastry chef, and we got to sample some cookies from her new business venture. The cookies are delicious, and I know her business will do well. After a long visit with the Jong's, we were dropped back at the hotel. We took a brief siesta, and then headed out around 7:30pm to grab dinner and find the perfect spot to watch the fireworks. We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Mexico. It was good. Then we walked down to Myrtle Edwards park to find a spot to watch the fireworks. There were lots of folks there and we were amazed that the sun did not completely set until 10pm. After a great fireworks show, we walked back to our hotel.
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