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Wow…another busy day.

I woke up earlier today as my wife and I had plans.  I did get a few matches in with my FIFA Soccer 09 team (Chester in the Coca-Cola 2 league – looking for promotion).  I won my first 1-0 and lost my second 1-0.  I’m now 1-2-2 with three goals in my last five matches.  Something has got to change there but I’m still at the top of the table.

Plans…my wife and I hooked up with some friends, another couple.  Julie works at Chateau St. Michelle – well technically this is her last weekend – and her husband, Shane, and I work together.  So, we got in on a members tasting and had several tastes.  We wound up picking up seven bottles of wine, several Rieslings and a few Merlots.  We picked up lunch on the way home for the family and after we finished that took a nap.

After waking up, I wanted to take advantage of the rest of the sun for the day and went on a bike ride.  Did a 21 mile loop with some killer hills in about an hour and 40 minutes.  (Boy my legs are tired!)  It was a gorgeous day and a great ride.

The family had a light dinner because of the late, heavy lunch.  My girls have been working coloring and building Adventure Time 3D paper dolls while watching Adventure Time while Jen watched over them and did her web surfing thing.  I wrapped up my day with a new PC game – Neverwinter Nights 2.

I made a paladin (naturally, for those that know me).  It’s a pretty interesting game so far in the tutorial.  Gonna win that Harvest Cup!

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My family had a very busy Saturday.  We ran few errands and stopped for lunch.  We then picked up the new Discover Pass, which is required to park on Washington State Park lands starting this past July 1st.  After that, we hit Bridle Trails State Park.

Bridle Trails State Park is very equestrian friendly but accommodates pedestrians as well.  It’s a quiet slice of woodlands in the heart of the east side (east of Seattle).  There is about 50 miles of trails interlaced around three primary trails.  We did about five-and-a-half today.  We did have to walk around some horse droppings and wait for a few equestrians to pass (horses have the right-of-way).  Mostly it was very quiet and peaceful with only a handful of other walkers encountered in the two-and-a-half hours we were out there.  My older daughter Rachel was getting a bit grumpy toward the end but she still had a good time.

We went out to dinner after the hike and cooled down with some milkshakes (for the girls), a daiquiri (for my wife), and a few beers (for me).  We then decided to catch Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon (DSotM) on a lark.

We saw DSotM in 3D.  It worked pretty well in this movie.  It’s definitely popcorn fare but it was a fun watch.  Incredible special effects.  And there’s a cool scene where the US troops take out a whole team of Decepticons.  This was probably the best of all of the Transformers movies.  Sit back and enjoy the ride and you should have a good time.

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My family and I hiked up Rattlesnake Ridge near North Bend, WA this Independence day.

The Rattlesnake Ridge trailhead is only about 45 minutes from our house.  It’s a pretty good hike for a family with kids; about an hour-and-a-half uphill.

My younger daughter Madison managed to get sick on the way up trying to clear some mucus build up.  Yummy, I know.  It did create some excitement but she was fine and glad we didn’t turn around.  The view was spectacular, though there isn’t a railing preventing a 400 to 500 foot fall.  I’m not big on heights so I was a bit nervous until we got to a clearing at the top (where there was a sizeable crowd).  We sat and enjoyed the scenery.  We saw a falcon of some sort, a few crows, and a ground squirrel.  Snapped a few pictures with my Windows Phone including this one of the family (Madison’s the one hamming it up).

Finally got all of us in a family shot and Madison's being a dork  :-)

It was a great hike and part of an awesome day.  I started planning the next adventure after dinner and I can’t wait to get out again!

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