Month: July 2021

Orcas Island

We got out early on Thursday and went to Orcas Island for 2 nights, staying at Rosario Resort. We got to the island in time to have a great brunch at Outlook Inn and we had a fun dinner at The Mansion. On Friday, we had lunch at the casual restaurant overlooking the marina, went to the pool, got takeout pizza from Hogstone, a James Beard nominated restaurant that you just can’t get a dine-in reservation to, took the pizza to a nearby park by the water to eat and then drove around the island before coming back to the hotel, watched a little of the Olympics and then went to bed.

Tour de France 2021

I had fun the last 3 weeks watching the Tour, getting up at 6 or 7am for the last half of it and watching it with my morning coffee before the rest of the house woke up.

Tadej Pogacar had the race won in the first week after all his rivals, including Primož Roglič who I expected to win, crashed out early and he maintained a 5-minute lead the rest of the race. It’s his second Tour and his second win, which is very impressive for a 22 year old. Jonas Vingegaard, a 21 year old, finished second which might mean he’s the next cycling star. Carapaz finished 3rd. Sepp Kuss, an American, won a stage for the first American stage win in 10 years.

My favorite story of the race was Mark Cavendish who returned to the Tour unexpectedly after not racing it for 3 years. At 36, he wasn’t expected to do much, but after a couple of his sprint rivals also crashed out early, he ended up winning 4 sprint stages tying Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins that has stood for almost 50 years. Disappointedly, Cavendish did not win the final stage in Paris which would have given him the record-breaking 35 wins. I expect that it’ll be a long long time before the 34 stage wins record is broken as no one else is close to that.

I’ve been watching the Tour de France since 1995 or maybe 1996. That means I’ve been watching it every summer for at least half my life. Yet, I still feel like it’s new to me.

Cranchi E26 Rider delivery day

We finally got the boat today! After all the delays, I was skeptical that we’d really get the boat this week. I was assured that the boat was actually on the ship that was anchored in Puget Sound for almost two weeks waiting in line to get docked but I didn’t know for sure. It was unloaded on Sunday and the trucking company was able to pick it up today, I assume after going through customs and other red tape.

Hamid, our sales guy from Newport Boats, flew up from Los Angeles late last night and met the trucking company at the shipyard this morning. He sent me photos at each stage…

He hired a captain to take it from the shipyard to the Seattle Yacht Club where we met them at our slip.

Gay, Hamid & Me

Hamid poured us some Prosecco and we motored out of Portage Bay and cruised across Lake Washington to Carillon Point and back.

Gay, me & Captain Chris

Note that I intentionally wore clothes to match the boat: white shirt to match the interior, aqua blue jeans to match the hull, a blue/white watchband to match both and brown shoes to match the decking. Hamid even gave us an Italian flag.

After Chris and Hamid left, Gay and I went to the deck at the yacht club for an appetizer and a cocktail and to hold a table for dinner. Eva was at a birthday party so Gay went home to pick up Havana and Hudson while I read over the stack of manuals that came with the boat. We had a nice dinner at the yacht club, then Gay left again to pick up Eva from the party at Green Lake and then we met on the boat again to go cruising into Lake Union until sunset.

Seattle skyline from Lake Union
Havana, Eva & Hudson

Hot days in Coeur d’Alene

We suffered through three very unusual 100º+ days at home, one day setting a record for Seattle at 107º, and after that was over we woke up on Tuesday to comparatively chilly 70º temperatures and then left for Idaho where it was even hotter. On the drive over east of the mountains the temperatures as registered on the car’s outside thermometer went as high as 116º! Barley had to make a rest stop in 115º temperatures and the pavement was so hot on his paws he didn’t know what to do. Inside the car, it was in the 60ºs, a 50º difference!

We got to our Airbnb after 5pm and Jon, Megan, Emmarie, Nai and Kaki, who spent the heat wave in Spokane with air-conditioning, showed up a couple hours after us.

Hudson on the kayak, girls in the water, Megan and Havana sitting on the dock