Universal Studios

Heather had planned our trip so well but this was something she didn’t plan.  She didn’t know that her big brother, Jared, had connections to Universal Studios.  She had always wanted to go to see Harry Potter land.  Jared has an older gentleman that lives with him who is the father of his best friend, Justin.  Justin’s Mom, Karen, is a witch at the Squeaky Cauldron and she got us free tickets.  Justin is also one of my adopted sons, so I really wanted to meet Karen.

We were supposed to just hang out at the hotel by the pool for the day while Dan went to car museum he had been wanting to visit.  He dropped the rest of us off at Universal Studios where we met up with Karen.

Karen didn’t get to stay with us long because she had things to do and has a hard time wearing the mask.  To say the least she hasn’t been able to work because of this.  It was really nice to get to spend a little time with her.  Her family think so highly of my oldest son, Jared, which makes me very proud.

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A Day in Animal Kingdom

This is the day that we went to Animal Kingdom which we were all looking forward to going to because of the opening of the ride, The Banshee.  If you watched the Avatar movie you will know that these are the animals that they flew on.  We had to do a baby swap for this ride.  David and I went first.  I have to say it was the best ride of all and we rode it twice.

I always say that everything happens for a reason.  Heather thought that she had ruined everything yesterday by her error. I believe she didn’t because the line wasn’t bad and as we found out it is too long on the weekends and this was a Monday.

Kate was being goofy with her hat.  I think she had her nimmie, sea anemone, under her hat.

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Not the Disney Magic

Heather had never stayed at the The Contemporary Resort and wanted to so we could view the fireworks from our balcony.  Of course, the fireworks had been canceled due to Covid-19.  She paid extra to get this suite but we thought we would still be able to have a good view of the park.

We arrived at The Contemporary Resort at around 4.  Our room was ready, so we walked in to the lobby.  We just didn’t feel the magic.  The people were great but it just seemed like a normal hotel.  There was Mickey ears on the carpet.  We continued to the room hoping for more there.  The suite looked like many other suites I had stayed in all over the world when we had our timeshare.  It was nothing special.  There was Disney art on the walls but that was it.  So it began, no magic, like we expected from all our previous trips to Disney.

Heather, Dan and David when out to the camper trailer to get everything we needed for the hotel.  I stayed in the room with the girls.  We went out on the balcony and watched the choo choo, monorail.  The girls enjoyed that.  We could see the family unloading the camper from our fifth floor balcony.

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Our Next Adventure

I know I haven’t posted in a while but I do have a very good excuse.  Our daughter, Heather, and her family took us to Disney World.  I had things to get ready; like making masks.  This is just part of the masks I made.  I made enough masks for each person, six of us, to have a new one each day for over a week.

Then I thought a lanyard would be a great idea for the girls because at 2 1/2 years old I knew it was going to be a challenge to not loose the mask.  I also got some Mickey Mouse beads which I used to make all of us lanyards.

We left on September 3rd.  That morning I finished our last minute packing.  We left our house at 9am to make our way to the kids house.  We had to stop and pick up a couple of things at Walmart that we had forgotten to get. We got to the kids and helped with the twins while Mommy and Daddy finished getting ready to go.

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Brewery Hopping

David had to take me to Hershey, PA for my last doctor appointment on my left thumb.  After surgery, a cast for 5 weeks, a brace and 6 weeks of therapy I have been released to go out and cause trouble.  To celebrate we decided to check out a few breweries in town.

First stop was Rotunda brewery and it was lunch time.  We were starving by this time, so perfect place for lunch.

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We were told that because of Covid-19 you have to buy food with your beer. I guess it is to keep people from over crowding or maybe because if you have to eat something you won’t stay as long which will allow more people a chance to come in.  Anyway we didn’t care we were ready for lunch.  Since we did plan to hit a couple of more places decided to eat small.

It was nice inside and the beer was good.

The food was nice.  I had deviled eggs which were great.  David thought he would go with the pretzel.  I don’t believe it went with the small taste he was hoping for.

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We said good bye to Rotunda Brew Pub; we did find out that the owners last name is Rotunda.

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RBP

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Coronavirus and Harrison

Living in Alaska in a cabin in the woods you learn about cabin fever and how to protect yourself from it. I know we are supposed to stay in but they are recommending outside activities like hiking or walking. I know that is what always helped me was to get outside and move. Thanks to Harrison we always take him for a walk, well at least for the little over a week we have had him. Of course, I say that as I look at the rain coming down outside. I really don’t want to smell wet dog the rest of the day. We have several times had to wait until the rain stopped to go. Hopefully, we will this time too. Looks pretty gray outside though.

Our happy family in front of our new house.
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Caribbean Food

Today before John Lee went to work he said he needed to go to Bongos Café to talk to the owner about a gig for the Seattle Houserockers. He said we could have lunch there. So off we went.

In the summer they have the outside open. This is where the Houserockers play. You can sit with your feet in the sand while you listen to music.

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Brewery and Mexican Food

Four years ago while visiting John Lee and Nancy we found a nice brewery called Lantern Brewing. Every time we come back we always go to have a beer or two. It is about 6 blocks from their house.

When John and Nancy left for work we decided we would walk to Lantern Brewing and eat from whatever food truck the have there.

Yes, I had to take some flower photos on our walk.

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Gig at Tim’s Tavern

Our friend John Lee is a bass player for the Seattle House Rockers and he had a gig while we were in town. Friday night we headed to Tim’s Tavern for a beer and some Blues music.

We went out to eat at a Central American restaurant that was next door to the tavern for dinner. It is called La Cabana and was very good. Once again I was too busy eating to remember to take a photo.

Bistec Encebollado (Nicaragua) $17.50
A traditional dish from Nicaragua made with a choice cut of beef and top it with a generous amount of caramelized onions, and tomatoes. Served with Gallo Pinto, freshly made tortillas and a green salad. This is what I had.

Salpicon (Honduras)  $17.50

This traditional dish comes to you from Honduras. We start with a choice cut of beef, peeled knuckle, which is cooked in a special seasoning mix. We mince the meat and blend it with diced onions, cilantro and top it with fresh lime juice and diced radish. Served with rice, freshly made tortillas, and a green salad. David had this.

Huevos Rancheros  $10.75
Over easy or hard (fried) eggs on a corn tortilla topped with a home-made spicy red salsa,bell peppers,and onions. Served with refried beans, queso fresco and crema. John Lee had this.

They make their tortillas and they are really good.

They have special non-alcoholic drinks.

Horchata  $3.75
Sweet rice water drink w/ a hint of cinnamon
(contains dairy) I had this drink and it was nice. It kind of reminded me of Thai Ice Tea.

Nance  $3.75
A refreshing drink made from the fruit of the
palm tree, a small tart, yellow cherry-like fruit. David tried this one which we thought had a nice flavor but was a little too pulpy for David.

John Lee did it again and took us to a wonderful place to eat. If you are ever in the neighborhood you should give it a try.

La Cabana

https://timslivemusic.com/

Nancy and John Lee

Trouble at Home played first. One of the guys is actually in the Seattle House Rockers. They were good too.

The guy on the harmonica, John Marsh, also joined in with the House Rockers.

After they finished it was time for Seattle House Rockers.

If you would like to hear some of the Seattle Houserockers check it out here.

We had a great time and the music was great too.

Thanks for stopping by.

U District on the Av

John Lee was off on Thursday so we headed to the University District in Seattle on the Avenue.

Last time we visited John and Nancy he took us to an Indian Buffett. Chili’s South Indian Cuisine has one of the best Indian buffets I have ever been too. The price is great too, $14 after tax. You can check them out here.

http://chilissouthindianrestaurant.com/home

Of course, I didn’t bring my camera like an idiot so no photos. Well I guess I could of taken them with my phone but I was to busy feeding my face.

When I waddled out of Chili’s we headed to Bulldog News. John Lee was looking for a magazine. Bulldog News is one of the few news stands left around.

https://www.bulldognews.com/

There is a baker that does have gluten free goodies. You have to get a coffee from Nathaniel who is the longest serving barista in the country. He makes great coffee too!

https://www.bulldognews.com/9/caf-espresso.html

Another one of John’s favorite places in Tea Republik. This guy makes some of the best blends and more different teas than I have ever seen.

NO COFFEE HERE!

After John’s nap at Tea Republik we headed home.

We had a great time wondering around the Av in the U district. John always find the best hole in the wall places. We keep telling him he needs to start being a tour guide for foodies.

Well thanks for stopping by!