Cool and Partly Sunny

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 15, 2011

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Erin's Condo

Flag of United States  , Washington
Saturday, August 6, 2011

I lied in my last blog.  I decided to blog this trip too as I have always kept a travel journal, even when the kids were just little and we went camping.  So here goes.

Derek spent the night at our house because we had to get up so early to get to the airport. We got up at 4:45 and got to the airport about 5:45.  We parked at the green lot which is the cheapest.  We had enough time to check our bags, go through security, buy and eat some muffins at Starbucks and then wait just a few minutes for boarding.  We flew Southwest and found it very enjoyable.  They give you a letter and number for boarding but not seat assignments.  It worked very efficiently and nobody tried to be first in line because the letter told you which group to board with and the number gave you your place in line.  We got seats together just behind the wing.  One of the flight attendants serenaded us with "Fly Me To the Moon" as we were taking off and sang another song right before we landed in Phoenix.  They gave us a whole can of soda and as many snacks as we wanted.  In Phoenix we went for a walk between flights. During our flight to Seattle we passed over the Grand Canyon and could see Mount Ranier still covered with snow.   We arrived in Seattle early and when I called Erin from the plane she was still 10 minutes from the airport.  She was there before we got our bags which came out promptly.  When we stepped outside it was cool, 60 degrees, dry and partly sunny.  A beautiful beginning.

We packed our stuff into Erin's Prius and headed north on I 405 to Bellevue.  We went directly to Azteca, our favorite Mexican restaurant, for a late lunch.  Erin and I had Pollo Fundito, chicken in soft tacos with Jalapeno cream cheese and cheddar cheese.  Derek had Dos Amigos Burritos and Larry had Fish Tacos.  Erin had a strawberry margarita and I had an original one.  Larry and Derek had beer.  Then we drove just a few blocks where we parked in the Expedia garage.  Erin took us to see her cubicle and give us a little tour of her floor.  We met a coworker Patrick who was working.  She told us they are moving to another building down the street in September because they have outgrown the current building.  Next we walked to the park where she eats her lunch and walks when the weather is good.  We walked the mile loop around the park which has water fountains, a man-made creek and a small pond with a water fall.  In the center is a large green area and on the outside are trees and benches and picnic tables.  It was aptly named "Downtown Park."

From there we walked to Lincoln Square where we purchased tickets to see the last Harry Potter movie.  We still had some time until 4:00 so we went to the Container Store where Erin got a spray bottle to train her cat Scarlet, a drawer organizer and a couple of travel bottles.  We watched Harry Potter in IMAX 3-D.  The movie was great but the 3-D seemed like an afterthought.  We were all sad to have the Harry Potter  saga come to an end.  We all wished there was more to the story after the defeat of 'you know who.'

We got onto I-90 and headed east.  We got off before Erin’s exit to go to Fred Meier, the equivalent of a Kroger Super Store, to get groceries.  We got groceries for the week.  I had all the menus planned and a grocery list made before we came.  It still took us a while to find everything.  When we got to Erin’s condo we unpacked the car which was pretty full with all our luggage and all the groceries.  Erin showed Larry and Derek her apartment.  We blew up mattresses, watched an episode of “Breaking Bad,” and went to bed.
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