Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It took us 20 hours to get to Seattle from San Francisco on Greyhound. Our legs and our bums were like lead after the journey. We checked into our Hostel and took advantage of the nice day and took a walk. Stores were closing as we ventured out. 
There are lots of cool funky coffee shops in Seattle - so what did we do? We visited the first ever Starbucks cafe. We are pathetic. It's not on any of the city maps - says it all! One good thing though - there are no seats so there ain't nobody trying to balance a non fat sugar-free grande vanilla latte while typing on a laptop at the same time.
The next day we took the bus North to Edmonds where we landed on the doorstep of the parents of Travis, a friend of ours. Well, before we actually got to the doorstep, we met a random on the bus who asked us where we were going, he said he lived in Edmonds and gave us a lift as far as the main shopping centre where we were met by Sheila. That evening, we hung out with Bruce and Sheila at their house and had dinner while we waited for Stacy and Travis to arrive from New Jersey. They did and we eventually got to bed in the early hours of the morning, after we'd all caught up.
The next day we were taken out B & S new forty-three foot sailboat, which was a laugh. The weather wasn't the greatest, so the water was rough. The men steered and pulled ropes, while the girls ventured up and down steps, unable to decide whether it was safer to be in the cabin or up on deck.  Once back on shore, we all piled into the jeep and headed one hour North to the family's lake house for the night. We had dinner, the Aussie put a shrimp on the Barbeeee for the first time (took him a trip to Seattle to do it) and lit a fire outside after the sun went down. 
The following morning, Bruce and Michael collected the Speedboat and brought it to the lake. We spent the day water-skiing (well, learning to ski), taking turns on the blow up tube and eating everything Sheila gave us!
We had the best time and it was all too short. It beat everything we had done in the States (mainly because we got spoilt rotten for the weekend) and it was nice to get off the beaten track.
Thanks Bruce and Sheila - you'll be sorry you ever met us - we are definitely coming back!
Stacy and Travis - see you in 2010.   
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