A Walk in the Park and an Evening at the Symphony
Trip Start Jul 11, 2007
12Trip End Jul 30, 2007
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In true form to what Joe defines as "vacation" he was up, camera in hand, and out the door at 5:30. He hiked the Grand Forrest, an old growth tree filled area with different textures and perspectives, not far from Jack and Jean's.
Later that morning we went to the Boedel Reserve on BI. Boedel was a logger on the island and had the most prestigious land to show for it. The house overlooks the water and the property has a variety of different landscapes to walk through.. The Reserve is currently privately owned and immaculately kept. The day we were there a traveling puppet show company was performing for visitors of the reserve. It is so private you must make a reservation to even walk the grounds in an effort to keep the reserve from being too busy. Along our 3 hour walk, we saw the lushest Skunk Cabbage, tree roots and formations that seem to be drawn out of fairy tale books, wonderful smells and cool air provided from the flora and fauna surrounding us. The Reflection pond,, Japanese guest house, and the main Boedel residence where a bald eagle now roosts at the edge of the lawn are some of the highlights to this hidden treasure.
Later that afternoon we were back on the ferry Seattle bound. We walked to the Fine Woodworking Gallery, and the Glasshouse Studio, and the Zeitgeist Coffee House. The squash bread was delicious and the coffee was wonderful. Then we were off to the International District to Ho Ho's for Chinese. The table shared a steamed Chinese Cod, Wonderful ginger steamed clams, bok choy, string beans with garlic sauce, hot and sour soup, ginger beef on hot steaming plate, lettuce wraps, and deep fried crab (whole). Bellies full, we headed back downtown to the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. We enjoyed the symphony's performance of Carima Burana. The orchestra was amazing and to see a boy's choir, a choral ensemble, a full orchestra, a tenor, a soprano, and a bass all on one stage was as overwhelming as it was beautiful.
Traveling back to Bainbridge, we got to see yet another perspective of a city we have spent days scaling back and forth. The view of the city from the ferry is one that everyone should see. The space needle, lit and looming over a bustling city was a great way to end another perfect day.