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Easter 2014

Another Easter, another day spent with family and friends.  The photos tell the story:

This morning the kids and I headed a block north to Laurelhurst Park for the annual kids Easter Egg Hunt.  We’ve been going to this event every year since 2009 but, amazingly, this is the first time its made this blog since, well, 2009.

Reese, Avery, Olivia, Maddy and Finn.

Reese, Avery, Olivia, Maddy and Finn before the starter said “go.”

Not much to report here other than that the kids scored their share of eggs slash candy.

Tomorrow: Easter brunch.

I recently stumbled on a “Dream 18″ list of the (in one guy’s opinion) best eighteen golf holes in the Northwest.  I disagreed with most of them and decided to do a Northwest Dream 18 of my own.  That exercise lasted about five minutes, at which point I realized I don’t know Northwest golf well enough to have an informed opinion.

I do, however, know Scottish golf.  Or at least the courses on our  Seattle to Scotland 2012 trip.  So for this exercise in creativity I went there instead.   In order of how we played them, my Dream 18 is:

1. 9th at Turnberry (Ailsa)(par 4).  The first hole in our Dream 18 competition and probably the best hole on the course.

I think this is a view from the ninth tee.  If not it's close.

I think this is a view from the ninth tee. If not it’s close.  

2. 1st at Prestwick.  The most memorable — and scariest — opening hole I’ve ever played.

On the other side of this wall is a railroad.

On the other side of this wall is a railroad.

3.  5th at Prestwick.  The world famous Himalayas hole, one of the many great blind par 3′s we played on our trip … I made 3, Peter Fessler made 2.

Over that hill lies the 5th green.

Over that hill lies the 5th green.

4. 17th at Prestwick (4).  The world famous “Alps” hole … Served as Tom Doak’s inspiration for the 16th at Old MacDonald … Unfortunately I took a quintuple bogey 9 on the hole, which ruined what was otherwise the round of a lifetime. (Not to be outdone, Fessler made 9, too.)

 

At this point I was near tears.

At this point I was near tears.

5. 5th at Nairn (4).  An outstanding short par 4 on an underrated course full of outstanding holes.

Nairn 5

6. 17th at Royal Dornoch (4).  Blindish drive to a fairway that dumps low and hard right … A virtual carbon copy of another par 4 on RD’s front 9.

Dornoch 17

7. 10th at Cruden Bay (4).  Simply one of the most beautiful tee shots in Scotland and the opening hole to what has to be one of the best nines in the world.

My first tee shot here ended up in bounds by about a centimeter.

My first tee shot here ended up in bounds by about a centimeter.

8. 15th at Cruden Bay (3).   Any blind par 3 with cleavage has to make my Dream 18.

What you look at as you stand over your tee shot to No. 15 at Cruden Bay.

What you look at as you stand over your tee shot to No. 15 at Cruden Bay.

9. 16th at Cruden Bay (3).  After Cruden’s blind par 3 15th comes yet another blind par 3 … If you don’t know by now that you’re in a special place, it’s time to take up bowling.

Cruden Bay #16/8

10. 12th at Kingsbarns (5).  By far the most visually memorable hole on a course that’s consistently ranked in the world’s top 60.

Jon Gaston on Kingsbarns' no. 12 green.

Jon Gaston on Kingsbarns’ no. 12 green.

11. 15th at Kingsbarns (3).  A par 3 version of no. 12.

I found the green with my tee shot on no. 15.

I found the green with my tee shot on no. 15.

12. 1st at St. Andrews (4).  ‘Nuff said.

The guys on the first tee at St. Andrews.

The guys on the first tee at St. Andrews.

13. 17th at St. Andrews (4).  One of the most famous holes in the world … It’s not everyday that you aim your tee shot over a shed.

My tee shot on the famous Road Hole.  I made 5.

My tee shot on the famous Road Hole. I made 5.

14. 18th at St. Andrews (4).  Not the greatest hole in the world, but it’s the 18th at St. Andrews.

On my way to parring the Old Course's home hole.

On my way to parring the Old Course’s home hole.

15. 1st at North Berwick (4).   Lay up tee shot to a second shot that feels like it’ll land in the ocean on a miss.

A view to the no. 1 fairway at North Berwick.

A view to the no. 1 fairway at North Berwick.

16. 13th at North Berwick (4).  Short dogleg par 4 — with a wall guarding the green.

Benezra birdied North Berwick's ultra-quirky 13th.

Benezra birdied North Berwick’s ultra-quirky 13th.

17. 15th at North Berwick (3).  The original — and oft-copied — Redan hole.

I got up and down for par on North Berwick's famous Redan hole.

I got up and down for par on North Berwick’s famous Redan hole.

18. 11th at Muirfield (4).  Only blind tee shot on the biggest of big boy golf courses.

Muirfield 11

 

 

Missing are holes from Royal Aberdeen, Castle Stuart, St. Andrews (New) or Old Musselburgh.  Fine courses all, but I can’t remember more than a few holes on all of them in total.

Someday I’ll be able to do a Dream 18 for the Northwest.  But being a member of a private club that “someday” may be many days away.   I do know, however, that I’m headed back to Scotland and Ireland in 2016.  As for that Dream 18 — check back in August 2016.

ED. NOTE: Turns out Fessler did one of these lists, too.

 

A Double Rainbow!

A view from our front porch:

Double Rainbow

It’s been a few years since the Jenkins fam last hit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  Five years, in fact. Finn, who now looks like this:

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looked like this:

2009Finn

 

And Reese, who now looks like this:

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looked like this:

2009 Reese

Today we returned.

Once again, the flower show turned into a photo shoot.  Not just for us but for the rest of the show goers — cameras were everywhere.

We ended up with 400+ pics.  I uploaded most of the best ones to Snapfish.

Amazingly, our best family pics were selfies.  The background tulips were obvious casualties.

Amazingly, our best family pics were selfies. The background tulips were obvious casualties.

Ok not really, that was two weeks ago.  But yesterday was the first glorious day of Spring 2014, and we made good use of it.  Our destination was Discovery Park.   With us — George and Charlotte Swapp.   Darn near a perfect day.

A few pics:

Tonight Reese and Finn had tee-ball games.

Reese’s SMG Models took on Finn’s Zeeks Pizza Pirates.

Not particularly remarkable.

Except that I coach the Pirates and assist for the Models.

A few pics:

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