Columbia Tower... we made it to the top.. Whew!

Columbia Tower… we made it to the top.. Whew!

My son, Guy, and my wife, Willie, joined me this year.

My son, Guy, and my wife, Willie, joined me this year.

Well, I don’t usually write on the weekends but a new reader/follower, Richard Swift, sent a comment asking if I was still writing since I hadn’t done so for some time. His ‘Kick-in-the-buns’ got me going again and I was inspired to write a new post today:

This last March 20, 2016 I did the Big Climb in Seattle. I was joined by my son, who did it with me last year, and by my wife who was doing it for her first time.

We climbed the emergency stairwell of the Columbia Center Building. It is the tallest building in Seattle and the second tallest west of the Mississippi. We climbed 69 floors – 1,311 steps – to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. That’s 788 feet straight up! The view at the top is amazing.

Over 6,000 people participated earning around $3,ooo,ooo dollars.

As you climb the stairs there are posters on the wall at each flight. Some are showing sponsored survivors, some are remembrances of those who’ve passed on. Some climbers on their way up touch the posters.

Complete strangers give each other high fives as they pass by on the way up. Six thousand participants and hundreds of volunteer coordinators, all strangers united for one cause… well, it is a great experience.

If any of you want to participate in next years 2017 Climb, registration will begin in October of this year. You can check out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb page, call (206) 628-0777, or email bigclimbseattle@lls.org. You can watch a video about the climb here.

This was the civilian climb. I say that because there is also a firefighter climb for the same cause two weeks prior. I’ll be writing more in-depth about that one soon.

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Went sailing over the 4th of July weekend. Beautiful sail to Sucia; bright sky and smooth water. The trip back, however, involved navigating 3 to 5 foot waves.

But the island was like a sanctuary. Somehow the saltwater lowers my stress and all my worries are left on the beach. I was raised near the water and it’s just a part of me.

Not long after I was married, I nearly got a job in Idaho. No offense Idahoans, but I am soooo glad I didn’t get the job. I know you have some beautiful lakes, but fresh water just doesn’t cut it for me.

I’ll take the San Juan Islands, and the Salish Sea. God may visit other states, but this is where He lives.

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Remember the Big Climb I attempted last March? Well, I made it! Here’s some pics:

Tee Shirt from Big Climb for leukemia

Logo on my tee shirt

Headed for the startling line

Headed for the startling line

posters on wall in stairwell

Posters of friends and loved ones were on the walls between floors

Lots of rests stops, but still going!

Lots of rests stops, but still going!

Floor 64 for and STILL more to go!

Floor 64 for and STILL more to go!

Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

My son Guy was very patient when I had to stop and rest every 10 floors or so. But here we are at the top triumphant!

My son Guy was very patient when I had to stop and rest every 10 floors or so. But here we are at the top triumphant!

View from the top... That's the Space Needle way down there in the background.

View from the top… That’s the Space Needle way down there in the background.

Ta-dahh!

Ta-dahh!

Columbia Tower in Seattle

The Columbia Tower… Whew!

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BeaverSometimes things just present themselves.

My grandson, Joshua, needed something for show and tell at his school. He couldn’t think of anything he wanted to show. Truth be told, he really didn’t want to show anything at all.

I tried to help him think about things he likes to do but nothing was coming to mind. Then we went outside to check out a beaver dam in my ditch.

EndChewedSuddenly we had our answer; a small branch the beaver had chewed off and stripped the bark. We cleaned it up and then went on line and printed out info on beavers.

Afi (Grandpa) saved the day!. The Show & Tell problem was solved. Well, actually I’m afraid I took away Josh’s excuse for not doing the show and tell.
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Sorry, Josh.

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Willie and I had a great trip to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.

RoacheHarborPano

Panorama of the harbor

 

BuildingRosario

The first building that greets you as you come up the dock.

 

Church1

The chapel as view from the docks.

 

Church2

“Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel”

 

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Inside the chapel

 

Hotel

The Hotel de Haro. A lot of famous people stayed here including John Wayne and President Teddy Roosevelt.

 

Tree

I’m not sure what the name of this twisted tree is. Anyone know?

 

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