Day Trip to Seattle and Saint Saëns Concert

Yesterday we ran some errands and bought some stuff we needed…and pretty much sat around the rest of the day. Today (Sunday) we headed off to Mass at St. John Bosco Parish and then headed off for the 45 mile drive to Seattle. We had a concert scheduled for 1400 and we figured that we would stop by Pikes Market and have some lunch. All was going well until we got to the Seneca Street exit off of I-5 about a mile from the concert hall where we had prepaid parking…and essentially came to a stop. Unbeknownst to us…today was the Gay Pride Parade here in Seattle…most of the roads we needed to go on were closed, the ones that weren’t were jammed pack with non moving traffic, and we were almost out of gas to boot. We finally figured out a place to get some gas; backtracked and filled up the Mazda, and then found a slightly moving street over to the other side of the parade route…once we were over there on the river side of it we breezed right to the concert hall parking lot and headed down to Pikes Market. By this time it was 1250…we spent an hour and a half going mostly nowhere…so we just had a beer, a cup of crab chowder, and a pretzel before heading back to the concert hall.

The concert was pretty decent; a couple of Wagner pieces followed by the Organ Symphony…the orchestra played pretty well but we didn’t like the way the organ was balanced for the venue. Either woever designed it grossly underestimated the amount of mid and high range pipes needed or the management of the venue tuned it so that the low end bass was outstanding but the mid and high ranges were almost non existent. Connie was not impressed…but at least they let it loose at the end of the Finale even if there was inadequate high end.

After that we drove home…Neil made some Sweet and Sour Pork over rice for dinner and we ate outside at our picnic table since it was hot…we had to break down and turn on the A/C when we came in as the temps are about 90 today and not expected to really cool much over night.

Here are a couple of shots of our site 301 here at the Fort Lewis Travel Camp…nicely wooded isn’t it?

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The distance from the road to our picnic table is about the same as the distance from the picnic table to the lake shore continuing out to the right. We are definitely planning on some kayaking this week.

Here is a shot of our new RV sign; it was painted by an artist named Doodlebugs who lives in Michigan. We really like it; the size is about 18″ wide and 14″ high…we have a pole to hang it on in front of the rig as soon as we get some mounting hardware.

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It will make our humble abode a lot more individualized and hopefully drive some traffic to the blog.

Tomorrow Connie has to work some so we’re going to wander up to the TV/Internet room in the morning and use free bandwidth instead of our limited air card. Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll probably do some fun stuff and I think on the 4th we’ll just do laundry and cookout instead of going out anywhere; the traffic is really bad here. 


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The full time RV travels and experiences of Gunther the Bear and Kara the Dog…along with their human staff neil and Connie.
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6 Responses to Day Trip to Seattle and Saint Saëns Concert

  1. Sparky says:

    LOVE your sign! We tried to find one that was not the same style as everyone else’s that you see at campgrounds–the tan ones with the handpainted RV’s and pine trees on them. We bought ours at the Tampa RV show, I think that’s where the majority of people get them. I should have looked further for something a little more original.

    • Neil Laubenthal says:

      We actually tried to buy one from the Tampa show as wellbut wanted to arrange a custom one vice one of the off the table ones. She gave us both her email and phone and we tried contacting her 3 or 4 timeseven went so far as to go to her website and submit a request via the ‘contact the webmaster’ button on the bottom.

      We had no luck so we moved along. I did a quick google and found this lady Julie Rose in Michiganchecked out her portfolio. Most of hers do look similar to each other; like the lady at the show she has them on sort of a production line. A custom design one was 40 bucks or so more but we thought well worth it to get our rig along with Gunther and Kara’s portrait and the url.

      Once you sell your big rig and get the smaller one you may want to get a new sign that shows your new rig instead of what you have nowher email is

      We really like the way it turned out.

  2. Mj Trainor says:

    Love love your new sign!!! 🙂

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