Last week we picked up Kazuya. He is a Dokkyo high school student from Japan and is here for two weeks. He attends school during the week for intensive English and gets evenings and weekends with us. We let him have the guest suite in the basement.
Friday, I took an excursion to participate in the Cascade Night Ride through Seattle. Our tour left Gasworks and stopped on Elliot Bay for a night time fire juggling display. You can see my Strava entry here. I did not take a day of picture of my bike so here it is.
Our ride finished at Peddler Brewing where they stayed open just for our ride. The beer flowed till 1 PM. Try riding up Ballard (250 ft climb) in the dark with a light drizzle. It was very exciting.
Today's excursion included a classmate (staying with another host family), Takayama. The seven of us saw the new 747 cargo plane dressed up in Seahawk colors.
Mr. Redpath, Takayama, Kazuya, Veronica, Carlton, Étienne, and Mrs Redpath
Here we see the new 747 with the Dreamlifter in the background. This picture was taken from atop the Future of Flight Museum. Inside we got up close and personal with the latest generation of high bypass turbofan. They are really big and use carbon fiber first stage fan blades.
On the way home we stopped to pick blackberries. It is hard to miss them when they grow everywhere, even on some of the center dividers of major roads.
Takayama and Kazuya trying to avoid the many thorns. When we got home I washed the berries and had the boys pick the meat off some grilled chicken. I made chicken salad for lunch.