Drive the Blues Away – Lemay ACM

If you have lived in Seattle for more than a year you understand the feeling that comes over you in the months of December through February. The dark days, endless rain and early nightfall. This year the Lemay ACM held an evening of blues music, alcohol, hors d’oeuvre and of course cars. The event was titled “Drive the Blues Away”.

Drive the Blues Away

Of course, it was dark and rained endlessly during the event. The weather outside, didn’t slow the event down because it took place inside the massive main hall of the museum. Just a few hundred car enthusiasts enjoying craft beer and liquor while wondering the huge collection. The whole time the sound of blues could be heard coming from the live bands.

Drive the Blues Away

As band after band played, we wondered the ramps admiring the classic cars and listening to music. Occasionally, we grabbed a bite, refreshed our drink and watched a song or two being played by the bands.

Drive the Blues Away

This classic Cadillac greated the visitors in the main lobby with its Arizona themed paint job. This car was big enough to serve a blues band as they toured the bar circuit.

Drive the Blues Away

The Gibson guitar company was also there with a collection of instruments to browse and play if you felt so inclined. The star of the collection was a special guitar (50 unit production run) they built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Corvette.

Drive the Blues Away

The Lemay ACM is a great place that is always looking to do different and unique events. It also does a great job of keeping the displays fresh and new.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes from

Christmas Tree at the LeMay ACM

Christmas tree inside the LeMay ACM.

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3rd Times a Charm

Believe it or not we bought another Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited.  We decided to trade-in the BMW X5 because it was very temperamental.   Even under the BMW warranty no one wants to visit the dealer every month for issues.  The Wrangler is such a fun vehicle with a ton of unique customization features that keep you busy and gets you where you need to go.  In addition, the Jeep suits us and our active lifestyle so much better–no more worries about parking a $65,000 SAV at a remote trailhead.  Look for some great stories on upgrades and adventures.  Mike at the AutoNation dealership in Bellevue was great to work with and made sure that the transaction was seamless because they also own the local BMW dealership.

In our first adventure, we traveled down to Mount Rainier and hiked to over 7,000 ft. Less than half the way up the mountain.

Jeep at Mount Rainer

This is a great National Park to visit filled with a ton of hiking and sites. Less than 2 weeks after we visited in October the snow began to fall again. By the middle of November all visitors must have tire chains and emergency supplies in their vehicles just in case a sudden storm hits the park.

Mount Rainer

Mount Rainier is also a volcano that could potentially erupt at any time. It is a dark and looming mountain that calls out to be climbed by only the very confident at over 14,000 to its peak. Many unfortunate climbers have lost their lives over the years due to sudden weather change and unstable slopes

Mount Rainer

This is a must see park if you are visiting Washington state in the summer.

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Can Am Spyder Twin Peaks Adventure

“Believe it or not”, we bought a Can Am Spyder late in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately, it then began to rain for the next several LONG months.

Finally, the days have started to become clear and sunny in the Pacific Northwest as Spring and Summer approach. This past week we had the opportunity to take the bike out on the local roads and start to get some miles under our belts.  The Spyder RT Limited is a perfect bike for touring with lots of storage and comfortable features for long rides.

Our first adventure is a Twin Peaks themed ride. The ride started just as the series did with a visit to the wonderful Snoqualmie Falls. People travel from around the world to see this 268 ft tall natural wonder and we are lucky enough to have it in our back yard.

Can Am Spyder Adventure

One of the roads we traversed is depicted in the mural below and is also from the show’s opening credits.  Sadly, there is no Twin Peaks welcome sign just a great view of Mount Si.  In lieu of the actual Mount Si/road photo, we supplemented the shot with this mural and the carefully positioned bike. It seems we were not the only ones stopping for photos here as we witnessed some others (in Twin Peaks t-shirts) doing the same thing.

Can Am Spyder Adventure

The real surprise is that the mural can be found on the back side of Twedes Diner; that was where the Double R Diner scenes where filmed during the show.

Can Am Spyder Adventure

Inside the diner, we helped ourselves to a slice of warm cherry pie with whipped cream and a damn fine cup of coffee as Agent Cooper use to say.

Can Am Spyder Adventure

Twedes Cafe even pay homage to the show and embrace the past. This map and display can help you identify other great spots to search out if you see so fit to hit the road. The local area is also rich in history of Indian peoples, logging and trains; many sightseeing spots along the rides prominently feature these themes.

Can Am Spyder Adventure

Look for more adventures as the summer arrives and we hit the roads.

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