What an intense, but fun, few days!
Travis got home from work Wednesday night at 4pm and shortly after that we were on the road headed to Everett and his parents house. We arrived shortly after 10pm.
The main reason we went over to the west side again was to say goodbye to Travis’s grandfather, who passed away the end of September. Travis’s grandpa was very involved with both Travis and his brother Ben as they grew up. The boys loved and respected him a great deal, so needless to say Travis wanted to be present for the services honoring him.
The Thursday morning memorial was just for family, and included a 21 gun salute since his grandfather spent a large portion of his life in the military, as a Seattle police officer, and also as part of the Seattle harbor patrol. They also had a memorial service Friday afternoon, which was for friends of the family as well.
Besides this sad portions of the trip, we overall tried to keep it as happy and light as possible. After the memorial Thursday morning we had a good part of the day left, so while Tyrion was napping we threw around some ideas of things to do. I finally said I needed to get in a 6 mile run, so it was decided when Tyrion woke we would head down to the docks in Edmonds and so I could run.
It’s always hit and miss going to the west side as far as weather goes, but again, we nailed it.
What a glorious day for a run!
I ran past two of these large objects below and had no idea what they were for, but Travis’s parents informed me they are for taking large boats out of the water. It moves out into the marina and the ropes lower into the water. You drive your boat over it and it hauls you out. Crazy!
While running I also passed a diving area, where a ship had been sunk and there were buoys everywhere marking certain areas for the divers.
(Side note: I wasn’t sure how to spell buoys so I typed “floating _____ ” (my attempt at buoy) into Google Images and it changed it to “floating bodies.” I’m scarred for life.)
Anyhow, I thought the whole diving area was pretty neat. I’ve always wanted to learn to dive. It’s on my bucket list. But, I don’t know if I could do it in the murky Sound. I might freak out if I couldn’t see far ahead of me.
It’s fun and difficult running in a new place. I had to run up into the neighborhoods a bit or I would have ran the waterfront about 6 times back and forth, and I might have started getting a few odd looks. In the neighborhoods I kept running into dead ends though, and oddly it seemed like I kept heading up hill. I finally decided to just screw it and run the water a couple times.
I even ran in the sand a bit and gosh that was different. It’s as hard to do as I’ve heard it is!
I mean, can I move there now?
I ended up doing 5 miles instead of 6. After my half on Saturday and a bunch of car rides, coupled with not eating right in all our travels, and it just wasn’t in me. 5 felt good so I called it a day. Tyrion, Travis, and his parents had been walking around the piers hanging out while I ran, so I met up with them and we decided to drive to Mukilteo beach for dinner. Travis wanted Ivar’s chowder really bad, and they have walk up ordering there, which was great since I was in no form to have a sit down dinner, being sweaty from my run and all. We found a picnic table by the beach and ate. Since I don’t do seafood everyone was kind enough to stop at Del Taco so I could order something I liked before heading to Mukilteo. I love the sea, but seafood? Not so much.
After eating we walked the beach and enjoyed the sunset.
Tyrion looks like such a little boy in this picture!
Travis knows how much seeing Seattle/Puget Sound means to me when we travel across the state. It’s not a real trip unless I get to experience the water a bit. He looked at me while we were at Mukilteo and said, “Two beaches in one day, you gotta be happy right now.” And I was! I love that he knows how much the beaches and Seattle mean to me, and tries his hardest to make sure I get to enjoy them every trip. Even if we are going to his parents for a quick trip, he usually takes the long way there and drives by Seattle just so I can see the skyline.
Once it started to cool down we decided to called it a night and head back to Travis’s parents.
The next morning was pretty relaxed since the service wasn’t until 2pm. We took it slow but about noon started packing up. We were going straight from the service to Leavenworth since we were meeting up with all our friends there to explore the town a bit before the race the next morning.
And that was our quick trip to Everett. It wasn’t under the best of circumstances, but at least we were able to go and show appreciation and honor the life of Travis’s grandpa, and get some family time in as well.
Tomorrow I’ll cover the Leavenworth half marathon and the amazing time we had there!