So, here we go, a short recap of the Washington weekend. Jenny and I met up at SEATAC on Thursday and drove up to Everett, about an hour north of the Seattle/Tacoma airport. Jenny is developing into quite the triathlon referee, and since she has in-laws in the area she thought that the Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens would be a good addition to her palmares. Well, and I think along the lines of "I am thankful for every extra draft marshal I can put on a moto." Win-win.
|The finish and awards area from the other side of the lake|
Lake Stevens is a beautiful community about 20 minutes east of Everett, nestled into wooded hills on the shores of a gem of a lake. Judy and I worked all editions of this race, when it was still owned by Bill B., who also owned the New Orleans, Syracuse, and Augusta races until WTC bought him out this year. The new race director, Keats M., is equally easy to work with, and we had a good weekend. Many of the crew are traveling the WTC circuit (circus?), and I call them "carnis" because they are just like a bunch of carnival workers: one day here, the next there. It was especially nice to see my old friend Roberto L., the gallant Spaniard who also is co-RD of the San Juan 70.3.
|Race day was sunny and pleasant|
|Another race done...|
Enough of the race. In our spare time (late afternoons and evenings) and our extra day in Seattle we went to a few nice brew pubs, enjoyed dinner with her in-laws, and spent a nice long afternoon in the heart of the big city, which has become immensely accessible thanks to a new light rail link from the airport (where we had a hotel for the last night). If you've been to Seattle, you know how attractive the place is. If you haven't, go! But choose a time of the year that carries a reasonable chance of good weather, because all the greenery in that area comes with a wet price. Here are a few pics to close out this installment. Enjoy!
|One of many works of art that adorn Seattle|
|Totem poles are part of the city's heritage|
|Man, I'd go nuts buying fresh fish here!|
|The "flying fish" monger at Pike Street Market|
|Artsy stuff all over ...|
|Elysian Brewing Co. has some fine, fine IPA and steamed mussels|
|The best use of an empty beer keg I've ever seen! (Diamond Knot Brewing, Mukilteo)|