Rhonda just returned from Phoenix after a week-plus there visiting her family. As I noted earlier, the occasion wasn’t a happy one: her dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. We spent lots of time with everyone and visited Tombstone in southeast Arizona. I got three rounds of golf in and knocked an item off my bucket list.
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Today the Jenkins fam, joined in a separate care by Cole and his sons Michael and Matthew, drove three hours from Phoenix to Tombstone, Arizona for a day out on the town. In case either of you two don’t know, Tombstone is the Old West town famous for the shootout at OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holloday, etc. Today — and more relevantly for us – it is known as one of the most haunted places in the country, so much so that both Jason and Grant of Ghosthunters and Zach and friends from Ghost Adventures have taped shows there. Jason and Grant saw a full-body apparition at the Bird Cage Theater (unfortunately, one not caught on film).
We went for the ghosts and, unfortunately, didn’t see any. My guess is that ghosts aren’t keen on coming out on Sunday afternoons full of hundreds of tourists. We did snap quite a few photos, most of which are posted here. A few of the better ones:
Today is July 7.
The sun finally decided to shine — thanks Mother Nature — and we celebrated yesterday by taking an urban hike up to University Avenue. A few pics:
Yesterday the Jenkins family marked a couple of firsts over at the Green Lake pool. The first first was that Reese took her first swimming lesson without me in the water. The instructor handled her. She got an earful from Reese, no doubt, but all things considered Reese did quite well.
The second first was that Finn took his first swimming lesson. The powers that be at Evans let Jonathan swim around with Reese, so both kids were in the pool at the same time. Finn took it mellow, as he does most other things.
A few pics:
Posted in Extended Family, Friends, Nick, Seattle, Sport. Events/Concerts, tagged Anaheim Angels, Felix Hernandez, Safeco Field, Scott Kazmir, Seattle Mariners on September 2, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
This afternoon Steven and I joined Roy, Katie and Claire Price for an afternoon out at Safeco Field. The M’s beat Mike Scioscia’s California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels 3-0. (More.) Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings of shutout ball to beat Scott Kazmir, who made his debut with the Angels after a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Regrettably the Prices had to leave after the fourth inning — Roy had a poorly-timed meeting — but we snapped a few pics beforehand:
Posted in Extended Family, Family Outings, Finn, Memorable Days, Nick, Reese, Rhonda, tagged Chris Gregoire, Forks, Kalama, Kristen Stewart, La Push, New Moon, Summit Entertainment, Twilight on August 19, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Yesterday Ronnie, Jon, Danielle, Sara, Reese, Finn and I headed northwest to Forks to do the Twilight tour. We left the house at 5:02 am, caught the 5:40 ferry to Kingston, then drove three hours to the far west of the United States. We snapped a few pics along the way:
Once we got there we stopped first at La Push so Jonathan and I could surf for a few hours:
La Push is where the guys in Twilight allegedly surfed. Then we went to Forks:
We snapped a few pics in front of the “Bella truck,” but Jon thought it was strange that this was neither the color nor the model of Bella’s actual truck.
Come to find out — Twilight wasn’t actually filmed in Forks! It turns out it was filmed in Kalama, Oregon.
I suppose I should have known this, but I didn’t think to research whether the Twilight tour was a sham.
Why the movie wasn’t filmed in Forks is an interesting question. According to a local we spoke with, the folks at Summit Entertainment bowed out when, two days before filming was scheduled to begin, Governor Chris Gregoire’s office demanded that the production company cough up more fees and taxes. They declined and went to Oregon. The news stories that addressed the question leave that part out. They say the fees were just too high in the first place, that Forks was just too far from anywhere, and the company decided to go to Oregon from the get go. Where the truth lies? I wouldn’t count on the government telling us.
The next Twilight is supposedly being filmed in Vancouver, BC — this after the state legislature passed a bill to attract Twilight to the Evergreen State. That Twilight‘s producers would skip over the story’s actual setting state but film in the areas right around it instead (Oregon, British Columbia) suggests to me that something bad happened between the production company and state government, and that Twilight won’t be coming to Washington anytime soon.
A great family day out, no doubt, but it would have been nice to know that the Twilight tour was a sham before we ferried and drove across the state to see it. I know we’re not the only ones who fell for it — we met a gal in the hardware store who said the same thing. I’m glad I didn’t come all the way from France to see Bella’s (Kristen Stewart’s) truck. Then again, if I came all the way from France to see a one-stoplight town, it would serve me right.
This weekend Jonathan and I did the Civil War reenacting thing up in Ferndale, near the U.S.-Canada border. It was Jonathan’s first reenacting experience. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough gear to go around so I watched the battles from afar. That gave me ample time, however, to snap pics with my iPhone. A few of them:
Nephew Jonathan arrived Saturday night with a new look. Compare this to
We aren’t much for scaring the kids and neighbors unnecessarily, so Monday he got himself a haircut. Last night I threw some gel in, and now he looks like
Rhonda and I think it’s quite the improvement. Both Jonathan and his girlfriend, who apparently calls the shots, are thanking their lucky stars that it’ll grow back. Whatever. In the meantime, it looks like
Today the Jenkins family attended dose Hawaiian-themed parties. The first was Grant “Smith’s” first birthday party up at Jane and Marc’s in Edmonds (pics).
The second was a soiree thrown by Roy and Grace Price down at the beach club. We didn’t take the camera to Grace and Roy’s so we didn’t get pics, but Norman did take this one of yours truly:
It was a fun day for the Jenkins family but one overcome by sadness. Uncle Cole went back to Phoenix.
We’ll miss him, but he knows he’s welcome back any time.
This weekend Cole, Rhonda, Reese and Finn joined me for some Civil War re-enacting at Port Gamble on the south end of the Kitsap Peninsula. Never been there (or even heard of it) but it was a pretty cool place I gotta say. I really can’t see any reason why it couldn’t be a destination along the lines of a Friday Harbor. It’s certainly a lot closer to Seattle.
Anyway, we got lots of pics from the re-enactment. Among them:
I followed it up with a Father’s Day round of golf at Washington National on Sunday morning . . .