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Thursday, July 07, 2005
Tuesday ended up being a pretty great day. Allie and I had the opportunity to spend the time with my grandma. Both of my parents had to work that day so we ended up just going with my dad to work in the morning (at 6:30) and he dropped us off at my grandmas before he went to work. It was a lot of fun to spend time with my grandma, she wanted to take us all over Tacoma and show us the sights around her house. First we ended up going to the Tacoma waterfont and we watched a large pirate ship type boat leave the harbor and head out to the ocean. It was a great sight to see. Then we ended up going to "Point Defiance" national park. There was a rose garden and a beach and a bunch of cool stuff that was there. We also went on a 5 mile drive around the park and saw the forest and trees and nature all around it. It was beautiful. She then took us out to do a little bit of tacoma shopping and then ended up just going back to her house. My mom, dad, and aunt and uncle ended up coming over shortly after that and we had a great evening just spending time with my family. My grandma cooked the best steaks I have had in a really long time and we chowed down on those. We then sat around for the evening just talking with each other. It got late pretty quick thought and we didn't end up getting back to my place that night until a little after 11:00. Normally that wouldn't be so bad but we had to wake up at 4:00am this morning.

We were able to go on the hike at Mt Rainier this morning. My dad wanted us to go pretty early though so we would have a chance to see some animals and we decided to leave the house at 5am. It was a two hour drive there and we got to the mountain around 7:00. The clouds were out this morning though so it made it hard to fully see the sights. Plus since it was so early it was cold and windy so it was hard to enjoy being outside at first. While we waited for the clouds to clear up and the weather to heat up a little we drove around a little bit more and discovered an old gold mine that we went down into and looked around at for awhile. Once we got back to the hiking trail though it was a little warmer and we ended up walking the 3 mile hike around one of the lower mountains of Mt Rainer. It was very pretty and we took quite a few pictures. After getting around the mountain was went to a place called "Sunrise" and it was a lodge right on Mt Rainier. It was really sad that it was so cloudy today because we weren't able to see the peak of the mountain even while standing on the mountain. It was cool to actually walk around on Mt Rainier though. I think God decided to open up the clouds for a little while though and Allie was able to get a small glimse of the mountain. It was nice. The rest of the day was kind of relaxing though. Allie and I walked around the mall for awhile here back in town and she got a new cute little skirt. I really like it. After getting back from the mall my parents took us out to a restarunat called the Mongolian Grill. We picked out all the ingredients we wanted to put in a stir fry type dish and piled it all into a big bowl. We then gave it all to the person and they fried it right in front of us. It was a pretty cool little place to eat. Now we are just back at home and I had a lot of little things I needed to get ready for my parents on the computer before I leave tomorrow. Now I really need to get some stuff packed up and be ready to head to the airport tomorrow morning at 4:30am. So I'll go for now and I plan on being back in L-berg by tomorrow night!
posted by Jeremy Dillinger @ 1:01 AM 

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