Eastsound WA: Nice Views and Shops for the Family

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Aug 192012
 
View from Eastsound waterfront park

Beautiful view from Eastsound waterfront park

Eastsound is the largest town on Orcas Island in the San Juan Island chain. When I visited several weeks ago, I found it to be a quaint and pleasing place to visit. It has most of the essentials you’ll need in a small town (or village) as long as you’re OK with just one or two choices.

Quaint shops in Eastsound WA

Quaint shops in Eastsound WA

Most of Eastsound’s several restaurants seem to cater mainly to tourists given their rather high prices. The supermarket was better than I expected with a large selection of foods. It was a little more expensive than back home but food prices were reasonable. The people in the ACE hardware store and gift shops were very helpful. The Eastsound sporting goods store has most of what you need in case you forget your favorite toys.

One of the highlights for me was the view from the nice little south-facing waterfront park. I definitely recommend a visit to Eastsound (and Orcas Island) with the family.

 

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Aug 152012
 

 

Seahawks game

Seahawks game

I missed the first Seahawks preseason game last Saturday but did watch a recorded version yesterday. I was a little anxious to see the Seahawks’ QB hopefuls, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, in a “real” game scenario. Granted, preseason games don’t mean much, but I was pleased with what I saw from both of them.

Flynn looked like he could drive an offense with short crisp passes and decisive play-making. He completed 11 of 13 passes for a 85% completion rate and Wilson was 12 for 16 with a touchdown run. Wilson looked like the closest thing the Seahawks have had in a double threat (pass-run) in many years. Do we now have a mini-Cam Newton?

Matt Hasselbeck, in his return to Seattle, looked pretty bad for the Titans. He made some awful passes like he did for the Seahawks during his last years.

True to last year’s form, the Seahawks first string defense looked very good even without the opening interception and defensive touchdown. I’m confident that the Seahawks will be a top 10 defense this year. If so, they may have a shot at winning the NFC West.

I’m looking forward to watching this Saturday’s game against the Broncos and Peyton Manning. Matt Flynn will get the start again and I expect Wilson will play the second half again. If they play like they did last week, I suspect Tarvaris Jackson’s days in Seattle will be short. Maybe the Seahawks will finally have a QB who can command the offense?

 

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Aug 092012
 
View from Washington State Ferry

View from Washington State Ferry

The Washington State Ferry system, the largest ferry system in the United States, is one of my top 10 things-to-do for visitors. The routes to the San Juan Islands are perhaps the most scenic passages served by any public transportation in the world.

Chicken strips and fries on Washington state ferry

Chicken strips and fries on Washington state ferry

On a recent sailing to the San Juan Islands, my family decided to sample the cuisine on the ferry. Most of the food on the ship’s cafe was the usual fare you’d expect to see and none of it looked very appetizing. So we chose items that seemed be innocuous enough. We were wrong! I had the hot dog and my kids had the chicken strips with fries. The hot dog tasted nothing like a hot dog should. I couldn’t tell what the meat was! The chicken tasted dry and bland and had the texture of rubber. Even the fries were cold and tasteless.

If you plan on taking the ferry, just make sure you bring along some food or eat before hand because the food may just dampen your appetite and spoil the excellent views.

 

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Aug 062012
 
Sounders vs Galaxy soccer with huge crowd

Sounders vs Galaxy soccer with huge crowd

It was quite a historical game yesterday as I watched the Seattle Sounders demolish the LA Galaxy with 60,908 of my closest friends at CenturyLink Field. Despite star players like David Beckham, the Galaxy looked like a black hole on defense and anemic on offense. The Sounders had crisp passing and great setups on the goals by Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, Alex Caskey and Andy Rose.

The season-high Major League Soccer crowd at CenturyLink was boisterous (though not as fanatical as a Seahawks crowd) even though many of us were baking under the hot summer sun as temperatures reached the 90s yesterday. By the end of the game, it cooled off as the sun set over the stadium. Even though the outcome of the game was obvious well before 90 minutes was up, the most of the crowd stayed until the very end of stoppage time. No doubt, domination victories like this do not come often for Seattle sports fans.

 

 

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