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With the empty nest and Courtney going to school in Seattle I suspect trips and new pools in the Pacific Northwest will be a bit more in vogue.

The reason for this trip was Parents Weekend at Kappa Kappa Gamma. It was a packed fun filled weekend of potluck dinners, father/daughter and mother/daughter outings and a silent auction for Kappa’s charity Reading is Fundamental. Per usual, Courtney was “all in” introducing us to her friends-a nice group of sisters.

There was time for me to wander the UW campus and to visit Suzzallo Library and the Graduate Reading Room. Long ago and fond memories.

Speaking of long ago I bumped into long time friend and fraternity brother Todd Worthington on campus. It was great to catch up~small world.

There was also some time to get some swims in. First, at new pool #122 at the Queen Anne Aquatic Center. A bit dark but a nice enough neighborhood pool. For a 5:30am start it got pretty busy pretty quick. There was also trip back to pool #87 The Bellevue Athletic Club with member and friend brother Seto.

From the cloudy skies of Seattle we took a quick puddle jump to the blue skies of Bend, Oregon.

(dp walker ranch)

I swam in my childhood pool #95 at the Juniper Park Aquatic Center. The pool was in its 50 meter configuration and I swam with at the crack of dawn with the age group kids.

We stayed at Tetherow Resort where I was able to get in a lazy few thousand yards at new pool #123. It’s a nice year round outdoor 25 yard pool that is set up for a couple lanes of lap swimming.

One the highlights of our stay in Central Oregon was a trip to Smith Rock State Park. It’s just north of Bend a bit in Terrebonne. Wow-a hidden rock climbing and hiking gem that we look forward to exploring more in the future.

After Bend we made a quick trip to the Willamette Valley for some pinot noir tasting at Stoller Vineyards with the Portland fam.

It was a nice PacNW visit filled with a variety of different activities and pools. Looking forward to the next visit.

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