Sunday, February 13, 2005

Boyer Death March

In what is becoming a fairly regular thing, I headed out today on another field trip. Matty P joined me for this one. We headed up to the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum. Unfortunately, the Japanese Garden is apparently closed for the winter from December, January & February. So instead we wandered around the Arboretum. We walked out the trail over the lake and it started to rain. MP had the brilliant idea (and I agreed so it wasn't really his fault) that we walk past the Museum of History and Industry and into the neighborhood to catch a bus. We do that and as we get to where we would catch a bus, we're laughing and talking and he suggests we just walk back. The rain had let up and I'm game for more walking so we just walk. Then we walk up this big hill and across to another street. Then we walk down a set of stairs and discover that we're almost back to where we started at the arboretum when we first got off the bus. Huge loop for no reason, ok there was probably a reason. My negative sense of direction sucking out what ever potential sense of direction MP might have. So then we walk up this even steeper hill that is completely dirt and I really have no idea where we are going to end up. Luckily (or unluckily if you are MP and dislike people) there is a random woman walking by and I asked for directions. She gave them to me, to go to the right and we would meet up with Interlaken Ave. The woman had the funkiest bright orange nail polish and totally made Matty think of what I would be like at her age. At this point, I still have absolutely zero idea where we really are. So we start walking and walking... We were surrounded by trees and what appeared to be forest. Forest on the backside of Capitol Hill. For the record we walked approximately 22,000 steps and 6.04 miles. We ended up at the corner or Roanoke & 10th. So then we walk down 10th until Broadway. We're starving at this point so we stop and eat at La Cocina. Then we head for our homes. Now I'm sitting on my sofa relaxing and eating the yummiest little things - Dove Ice Cream bites. My hands and jacket and hair smell so incredibly woodsey. It is very cool and makes me miss Alaska a little bit.

A kind of cool bridge just after we got off the bus.

I liked the tree bark on this tree. Once I actually saw the pic, I really liked the little white flower too.

In the Arboretum by this incredible green grass path was this little pond that looked dark and murky but I liked how the trees reflected in it.

Another bridge. Matty & I like bridges.

The epitome of class in the U district. These beautiful houses with this professional landscaping in front and yet we loved the Skyy Vodka bottle stuck up in a tree.

This sign was posted on a door we walked past. We loved the little tag about GS cookies.

Here's our forest. All around us was forest. I had wanted to take a picture of us together once we left the forest. Matty was even going to indulge me and let me do it, imagine that! But I forgot because I was so damn happy about being what I thought was almost home. For the record, it wasn't. I think we were at 18k steps at that point.


Stephen said...

Beautiful pics!

I'm not sure about the orange nail polish, but as long as you can find the vodka bottle hidden in the forest - your twilight years of spinsterhood should be virtually indistinguishable from a drunken haze.

Kate the Peon said...

I'm jealous! I want pretty lakes to walk around!

Joanne said...

KTP... Don't you live in the Mid-East*? Aren't there lakes like everywhere? Aren't you by Chicago? Isn't there like a great lake there or something? :)

*I'm well aware that area is actually called the mid-west but I refuse to call it that. Please... it is so much closer to the east than west. Wyoming and Montana and Iowa are like the Mid-West to me.

Peeved Michelle said...

I keep telling the husband I want to move to Seattle, but he isn't convinced yet. He might think it is a trick. Did you know that I had looked for jobs in Seattle when he and I were about to split that one time?

Putnawa said...

How can you not want to move to Seattle? Booze grows on trees, for goodness' sake!

Kate the Peon said...

Yeah, I'm near Chitown, but I don't go there. It's like, a big city and stuff.