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04 June 2008

Back on land...

Cruise day 7 was primarily spent at sea, docking in Victoria, B.C. at the end of the day. After dinner on the ship, K, J, and I ventured ashore, mostly because the kids wanted their passports stamped in Canada. (L & S had a farewell pajama party to attend at the Kids' Club...) But after a 30 minute walk to downtown Victoria, it was dark and after taking a couple of photos of the Parliament building, lit up and the site of film production in progress, and a statue of Queen Victoria herself, we found a taxi and headed back to the ship.

After pulling into Seattle on Saturday morning, we traveled back to the airport to pick up a van, and then went nearly right back to where we started, but this time to Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. It was "Salute to Latin American Beisbol Day" at Safeco, so we were all recipients of "Marineros" caps as we walked through the gates. Bonus! Our seats were straight back in center field, so we had a great view of Ichiro's 51. We started the game with the roof opened, but it was closed part way through due to rain. Such a surprise in Seattle... :-) James was delighted with a 5-0 Mariners win.

After finishing the game, we drove onto the ferry to Bainbridge Island, heading over to the Kitsap Peninsula. Love the ferry! They even have Wi-Fi now! We spent the evening reacquainting with old friends at a BBQ and marveling at the beauty of the area.

It was such a blessing to be back among our church family in worship on Sunday. Hardly any could believe at how "the babies" (the twins) had grown. Hardly any could believe T's shaved head! :-) Quote of the morning, "You (K) are the only one who looks like you should!" :-) We were able to spend time catching up with dear family friends and truly enjoyed the end to our trip.

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