26/09/2010 - I was going to help Peter out again today at the Oktoberfest but unfortunately I fell ill and was unable too - also, not sure if the body could handle that again. So I spent most of the day in bed recovering whilst the Big Fella played a wonderful role of nurse Big Head (whilst he was nursing a small hangover). We did go over to Peter's for a quick but lovely meal in the evening.
27/09/2010 - We had a relaxing day getting everything organised to leave Longmont, Colorado and start making our way to Oregon. Peter and Dionne shouted us a lovely Vietnamese meal. Dave ordered one meal and of course being Viet that wasn't enough to fill him up - so he decided to order Fried Rice (without looking at the menu) - the Fried Rice was just and only that Fried Rice - nothing else - it looked exactly liked the Steamed Rice except it was slightly yellow - anyway I had a great meal.
We arrived at the Armitage Park in Eugene, Oregon. It is one of the loveliest little parks that we have stayed in - we are here for 11 days, so this will give us time to get a few things sorted out and tidied up.
The main reason that we came to Eugene was that the Big Fella was looking to get Solar Panels for Stubbie. We went to the showroom and after the Big Fella asked numerous questions and he had obtained a good understanding of how they work etc oh and the cost, we decided that we really didn't need them.
We have seen some interesting sights whilst staying at Eugene. One was the three wheel car another one was that over here they have a lot of drive through coffee shops, whilst I was out shopping I noticed a lady in a scooter going through one of these - mmmm.
08/10/2010 - After yet another day at Hardware and Auto shops, we decided that we would head off to one of the local High School Football games - Thurston High School v South Medford. We got to see a great game of football. It was also the Homecoming game so we also witnessed the naming and showing of the Homecoming King and Queen and the many princes and princess. I must admit that whilst the game was on I was also watching the Cheer Leaders - it really is exactly like you see on TV. They also had a huge band and at half time we also got to see the High School Dance team perform. We had a really great night and loved the whole experience. High School consists of grades 9 - Freshman, 10 - Sophomore, 11 - Junior and 12 Senior - something I never understood. Also, the terminology 'college' and 'university' are interchangeable - not like back home. Those who complete high school and would like to attend college or university can attend an undergraduate school. This may be a 'community college' (one that offers two-year degrees, usually to prepare students to transfer to state universities), liberal arts college (one that concentrates on undergraduate education), or part of a larger research university. Community College is usually two years study at a public institution of higher education and were once called junior colleges.
14/10/2010 - 18/10/2010 - Seattle
After the Seattle Tower we made our way back onto the tour bus and headed onto our next stop the Pike Market Place - known for the first Starbucks and fish throwing. Pike Market Place is also famous for being USA's premier farmers market. We had a good look around and went to see the first Starbucks - outside was a group of buskers which were really fantastic - so we bought their first DVD. On the tour bus, our tour guide gave us a few little tidbits of information; one of which I remember was that there is 7 dogs to 1 child in Seattle.
We then caught another bus out to the Washington Husky University Stadium to watch the Huskies take on the Oregon Beavers in football. The game scheduled starting time is 7:30, we arrive with a bit of time to spare about 5:30. So we have plenty of time to look around and grab a bite to eat, as you can see the diet went right out the window. The pre-game entertainment and warm up is really quite spectacular. The Band consists of over a 100 people. There are about 20 cheerleaders and one football teams consists of about 100 players and 12 coaches. Just watching the Band and the Cheerleaders perform is great entertainment.
17/10/2010 - We venture back into Seattle City so I can do a bit of Boot Shopping and Dave can visit the Ski Show. So after I've finished shopping and much to Dave's pleasure have come out empty handed and Dave has finished at the Ski Show and much to my pleasure he also has come out empty handed. So after a hard morning / early afternoon we walked down to the waterfront for lunch at The Crab Pot. This restaurant is not only known for great seafood but also the way they serve it, they give you each a large paper bib and then serve their Seafood Platters on the table. They do put down some white butchers paper first, then just pour the meal out onto the table. When we first arrive we have were told that there would be a 10-20 minute delay, no problems we will wait at the bar. So after a couple of drinks our table is ready. The Seafood was really succulent - even though we have both decided that our prawns / shrimps for us are a lot tastier. We had a few more drinks and finally decided that it was time to catch the bus back home - another really lovely day.
Seattle reminds us of San Francisco, which we both really enjoyed.
18/10/2010 - Well after a couple of busy days we decided that we had earned a day of rest. I was doing a bit of washing and when I looked into the empty washing machine, there on the bottom of the machine was Dave's Cell phone - nice and clean and shiny. Guess we will be back at the shops tomorrow.