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02 Aug

I know I keep saying I am having amazing weekends, but this past weekend was the best one yet. AND, one of the best weekends I have had in a while. 🙂

The great weekend started on Friday. Less than an hour after I wrote my last blog entry about wanting to do another challenge, I got an email from a friend I met on our Mt. Adams climb about a multi-day hike/climb/camping trip the middle of August (not confirmed yet). He also mentioned a hike for Sunday. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for. Oh, the timing. 🙂

Saturday, the weather was a little gray and dreary, which was perfect, actually, since I had a lot of errands to run. I went for a run, then Pablo and I went for a walk, then I went to the vet to pick up some paperwork for Pablo, then I went to REI to get a couple of hiking things, then Pablo and I went to the lake for a quick swim (the sun had just started to come out), then I went home to get ready for dinner and a concert (Silversun Pickups). The show was awesome. They are really, really good. I realized why I like them so much: lots and lots of chord changes. 🙂

Sunday, I woke up pretty early and took Pablo for a quick walk before I headed east to meet for my hike. (Pablo stayed home for this hike. I don’t think he would have made it). We went to Granite Mountain: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/GraniteMountain_7602.asp. It was a really good hike. Hard, but fun. Unfortunately, the clouds never lifted, so we weren’t able to see the amazing views from the top. 😦 And, it was pretty cold up there, too. It took us 1:49.50 to get up, and about the same amount of time to get down. Going down is not my favorite nor my strongest. My poor knees do not like it. I used poles toward the end, which definitely helped. I managed to escape debilitating pain. 🙂 I felt really good at the end of the hike, actually. I got very, very relaxed on the ride home.

When I got home, I took Pablo for another walk. On our walk, Pablo found some more friends. We walked by a house with 4 kids playing in the yard. Pablo planted all fours when we walked by and stared. The mom saw Pablo and started gushing how cute he was. That was all he needed to invite himself in their yard to play. We ended up staying close to a half hour! The mom and I chatted while Pablo rolled around with the four children, who ranged in age from 20 months up to 8. He was in heaven! The mom and I chatted about a lot, including relationships and yoga, and she then pulled out a sampling of yoga mat bags she was selling for her sister who lives in Brooklyn. They were hand sewn by her sister, and they were beautiful. She put one aside for me and gave me her card so I could pick it up when I had money with me. Have I mentioned how shy my dog is? Man, at this rate, we are going to know all of West Seattle soon!

After Pablo and I got home, I got ready to go to “Sunday Funday” with my hiking friend. Sunday Funday was down on Beach Drive in West Seattle. I arrived to a breathtaking view to the west (we saw a spectacular sunset), the most amazing food I had eaten in a while (homemade salmon burgers, a delicious crab concoction (fresh crab on toast with melted cheddar cheese on top), ribs, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and chili (I only ate the salmon burgers and the crab). After the sunset, we all settled inside to watch Entourage. It was a fantastic Sunday Funday…all day of it!

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