~ Morgan Freeman
The video below explains why I got up at 5:30 a.m. to this “sunrise” of torrential rain and drove 2 hours to train in Seattle. I can’t say enough about Team in Training for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but it has instilled in me to never forget the importance of adventure.
I am working lots of extra hours to provide my own donation to LLS by end of September. If you would like to join my efforts, please go here to my funding page. And thank you!
Team in Training meets each week at a different location during my one day of the week off work. And I love feeling myself get stronger. This week I got to reconnect with my old haunt, Alki Beach. About 17 years ago, I was blessed to be able to live there for two years. Without being a millionaire. Renting a condo over water for the cost of what I’ve seen today advertised for a small one-bedroom apartment without any view in Seattle. Alki was a happening place yesterday. National Volleyball League was hosting beach volleyball tournaments on the beach. A scene that felt straight out of my New Mexico high school happened nearby with a car show of polished, low-riding Impalas. And I even saw a gathering of women swimming in bikinis (no wet suits!) in the frigid water.
Despite a severe wind warning and driving through intense rain and wind, the sky over Alki actually cleared and was rain-free for 3 hours of my 200-minute walk from past the West Seattle Bridge around Alki Point and back.
High winds caused great damage around the Seattle area, including power outages affecting 150,000 people and the entire University of Washington campus. So my 1-1/2 hour ride home took 4-1/2 hours, full of scenes of emergency vehicles, downed trees, nonfunctioning gas stations and broken traffic lights turning 8-lane traffic into 4-way stops. But it was my adventure! As with any good adventure, it was great to be back home, hug my daughter and be proud of everything I had accomplished.