West Thumb shore of Yellowstone Lake

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The shore of West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake

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Bridge over Deception Pass

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This is the view from the bridge over Deception Pass. You are looking west through the pass and across the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The road runs south onto Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. This northern route to Whidbey Island avoids the Ferry at Mukilteo, but takes a lot longer with more miles when coming from Seattle.

 

A riotous time at the Seattle International Comedy Competition, ECA version

Wednesday Nov. 19 saw a showing of ten great comedians participating in one of the semi-final rounds of the Seattle International Comedy Competition held in the beautiful auditorium of
the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

IMG_0600_resizedThe evening began with the narrator of the evening’s festivities: Gabriel Rutledge. Oh, my.
Narrator does not due justice to his role in the night’s frivolity. Rutledge is a very very
funny stand up entertainer. He had the audience rolling on the floor during his opening set
and he brought the house down during his set during the time the scoring was calculated after
the ten comics were done. Rutledge really showed why he won the 2004 Comedy Competition.

The comics competing during the ECA semi-final round provided quite the variety of styles and
humor. Some were more humorous than others, in my opinion. Language and mature subject matter
are to be expected at an adults only comedy review. Some of the comedians were able to pull
off the cussing and sexual jokes. I felt that a couple of them did not, however. Enough of
my semi-rant.

This night of comedy was a great evening of entertainment. Hats off to the ECA facility. What
a nearly perfect venue for this type of event. The performance consisted of each comic having
ten minutes on stage: five comedians during the first half with a 20 minute intermission followed
by the last five.

Who won this nights round? First place went to Matt Donaher of Boston, MA. There is a continuing
hectic circuit of shows each night through the semi-final rounds that end on Nov. 23. Final
rounds begin on Nov 25.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts is a marvel of both purpose and facility. This establishment is to be
commended for the hosting of such events as the comedy competition. Once again kudos to Gabriel
Rutledge. Check out his website at http://www.gabrielrutledge.com/.

Gabriel Rutledge on stage somewhere. Photo from his website. Hey, it said to download it!

Gabriel Rutledge on stage somewhere. Photo from his website. Hey, it said to download it!

Old Spaghetti Factory at Lynnwood Washington

IMG_0655 IMG_0657 IMG_0660 IMG_0662Tonight we had a nice time at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood, IMG_0651Washington. We went with our daughter and son-in-law and grandson. This is one of a chain of these eateries that are spread out all over the country.

We had a great meal. Each entree on the menu comes with either a soup or a salad and is topped off with a dish of spumoni ice cream for dessert included in the price of the entree. There was endless warm bread and butter brought to the table right after we ordered. The Cokes were a bit pricy at $2.75 but refills were free.

The entree I had was the ‘Meat Lover’s” which was spaghetti with meat sauce and two huge meatballs and a large link of Italian suasage. The sauce was thick and chock full of meat crumbles. The portion of spaghetti was a decent size, and the two huge meatballs and the extra large link of sausage made for a filling meal.

Sher enjoyed the spinach and cheese ravioli. The moderate sized portion was just right fo her. It was very tasty and well presented.

The atmosphere at this version of the Old Spaghetti Factory was relaxed and comfortable. There was an old Seattle trolley car in the main dining room set up with tables in the car. This was an unique sight to say the least. Our waitress was a delightful addition to our meal. She kept our drink glasses full, made sure we had fresh bread at all times, and served us with a smile. Mia did a great job making us feel welcome, and we will ask for her again.

The Lynnwood facility is worthy of your patronage. It is located at 2500 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA.

Brackett’s Landing North at Edmonds, Washington

The beach and jetty at Brackett's Landing

The beach and jetty at Brackett’s Landing

We found a really nice area at Edmonds, Washington. Brackett’s Landing North is located next to the Washington Ferry dock  that serves Edmonds and Kingston. What you don’t see is the 27 acre underwater park that opened in 1970. There are established trails and all sorts of underwater features including sunken ships and other structures that serve as a great environment for marine life.

.On the surface there is a very nice albeit small beach area. There is a clean restroom and a large changing room for the scuba divers who frequent the park. There were sea birds alll over the place. The views of the water were spectacular the day we were there.

 

Edmonds to Kingston Ferry

Edmonds to Kingston Ferry

We passed through LeClaire, Iowa last summer

I-80 Bridge over the Mississippi River

I-80 Bridge over the Mississippi

Last summer on our trek from central Indiana to Seattle we went by LeClaire, Iowa right after we crossed the Mississippi River on I-80. LeClaire is the home base for the American Pickers TV show. You know, those two chaps who roam the country looking for antiques and other unique old items. We drove up through the town, but where they had their store was difficult to get to while towing a 29′ trailer. We did see their store, though. Maybe sometime we’ll be able to stop.