As you may have noticed, I’ve been away on vacation for the past week and a half (the nerve, right?!?). For those of you that have been asking what the hell I was doing, here’s a look at what I’ve been up to…
My wife’s friend has been cycling across the country for the past two months as part of a program called Bike and Build where she and her group rode from New Hampshire to Vancouver and helped build affordable housing along the way (and my friends thought I was crazy for voluntarily doing a month-long Outward Bound trip in high school). My wife and a couple of her friends wanted to meet her friend out in Vancouver, so the Misses and I decided to make a vacation out of it and visit the Pacific Northwest while we were out there. We literally drove all across the state of Washington and the province of British Columbia and packed in a TON of stuff:
Seattle – We started our trip in the Emerald City and did all sorts of fun touristy stuff like visiting Pike’s Place Fish Market, the Space Needle, and did a really cool tour of the Seattle Underground where we learned a ton about the city’s history. We also had some GREAT food thanks to some fantastic recommendations from my newest fantasy football disciple, Adam Richman of Man vs. Food. If you’re ever in Seattle, make sure you stop by Top Pot Doughnuts…their doughnuts are easily the best I’ve ever had. There’s also literally a Starbucks on every corner.
Olympic National Park – If you’ve ever wanted to get away from it all and visit see some of the most beautiful forests and lakes in the US, the Olympic National Park is for you. We stayed at a lodge in the middle of the Olympic National Forest called Lake Quinault and did some cool hikes in the temperate rainforests there. We also visited some of the most wild beaches I’ve ever seen on the Pacific Coast (think: the last scene from Point Break) and even though we were in the area…no, we didn’t visit any of the Twilight nonsense.
Vancouver - Halfway through the trip, we took a beautiful train ride along the coast up to Vancouver so we could see my wife’s friend and her cycling team arrive in Stanley Park. It was pretty impressive to hear about their bike trip across the entire freaking country! While we were north of the border, we visited a pretty freaky suspension bridge, saw some of the sights on a trolley tour around the city, and even got to see the Olympic torch from the 2010 Winter Games. I unfortunately did not bring home a gold medal…
Mount Rainier - I’d been to Mount Rainier when I was in college, but I forgot how amazing it is. If you’re ever in the Seattle area, the two hour drive is well worth it to see one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever seen. You can park your car up at like 5,000 feet and do a quick (and relatively easy) hour hike up to the bottom of a glacier right on the mount at 6,300 feet. I’ll admit, I’m a hiker so I enjoy stuff like this, but if you’re not into hiking…I promise this will change your mind.
A few side notes from the trip:
- Canadians are literally the NICEST people I’ve ever met. When I asked a waiter where the bathroom was, he apologized profusely to me because I’d have to walk up a flight of stairs. Also, their public transportation system is largely run on the honor system (true story).
- Crossing the border is NO JOKE. On the way into Canada, we saw a girl get pulled aside after a drug-sniffing dog went nuts over her bags, and on the way back to the US, two people that were on our bus got left behind after getting stopped at customs.
- Speaking of the bus from Vancouver to Seattle…I found out that there is such a thing as a “Canadian Hip Hop Dancer” on the ride. I’m not making fun of them or anything…just didn’t realize there was a distinction.
- A HUGE HUGE thank you to @WHUDEY for maintaining the @FantasyTrade411 Twitter account while I was gone. It’s no small feat keeping up with all the questions that come in and he did a fantastic job of keeping things going while I was away.
- I had VERY limited internet access (which was tough on my twitter addiction), but I luckily had SiriusXM in the rental car and was somewhat able to keep up with the goings-on in the sports world, like:
- The Monster Red Sox trade that had me beaming from ear-to-ear. I’m so glad to see Beckett go and the only thing I wish was that Larry Lucchino had gone with him.
- Mike Shanahan is up to his old tricks by teasing us all with who he’s going to start at running back.
- Bill Belichick was up to his old tricks by keeping us all on our toes with his roster cuts.
- Those were the three highlights from what I saw, but I’m sure I missed some other good stuff…please feel free to get me up to speed in the comments section below. What else did I miss??
- And of course, my wife and I had a VERY happy dog waiting for us at the airport after spending a week with her grandma and grandpa. Nothing better than the unconditional love of a wet dog nose!
After a relaxing week off, it’s great to be home and I’m PSYCHED for football season to start this week. Keep the questions coming and make sure you tune into this week’s Fantasy Playbook where I’ll have Josh Moore of 4for4.com as my guest.