Monday, September 1, 2014


We flew to Seattle on the Thursday before our cruise. We got to stay with a friend of Rickie's those two nights. This friend, Brian, has a place right on the water. He went out of his way to show us a great time.  He cooked breakfast that first morning. Then he took us IN HIS BACKYARD where we got to dig for clams and get our own oysters in preparation for dinner.  I kept thinking, "People pay big money to do what we are just hanging out doing." 

Up in the morning we toured downtown including Pike's Market and a Car Museum. But I must say the Ballard Locks were the most fascinating of all!  We then had a fabulous meal that evening. Brian cooked everything we had gathered, harvested -- whatever the correct word is. We had not only our clams, oysters (cooked two ways) but lobster and steak as well; all were served in the backyard looking out over the water.

Brian later brought out all the stuff and cooked smores by the fire. What a host!


  1. What a glorious start to a glorious vacation!!! Looking forward to more pics! How simply wonderful for you!!!

  2. Hi Diana, I saw your first sentence and said "you were in Seattle on Thursday", we if you read my post from today, you'll see I was there on the last two Thursdays. On the 21st we had a lay over between flights to the islands and went to Pike's Market. I'm a bit jealous that you got clams to eat. Last Thursday we flew back and spent the night in Seattle before heading home. Nothing quite so fun-just a crummy hotel room. Hope the cruise is perfect; can't wait to hear all about it-what line you went on, did you do land and sea? We loved our cruise and I'd do it again during the summer.
    I'll be awaiting your stories.
    Hugs, Noreen