The Gorge

Way back in 2002 I was a member of the now defunct Nancies.org, which at the time a Dave Matthews Band message board, go on, it’s okay to laugh.  It was on this board that I came across like minded people, and as a result we all decided to meet up at the Gorge for DMB’s Labor Day Weekend shows that year. 

To this day, it is one of my favorite memories and those people I met that weekend are some of my dearest friends.  From births of children to the death of a dear friend, I am seen it all with them.  

Between 2002 and 2012 I have been back a handful of times for DMB and other shows, Pearl Jam in 2006 was an equally amazing experience  this year marked the tenth anniversary of that weekend.  While very few people were able to make it back, I arranged things at work and life so that I could. 

I have seen DMB 100 times, and as I often tell me at this point its less about the music and more about the people and memories that are conjured when I hear an opening note of a favorite song. 

Anyways, even if you hate DMB you must see a show at the Gorge it’s an entirely different experience then any other venue, though Red Rocks is an experience in itself as well.  Over Labor Day Weekend by friend, Crystal,  and I drove out from Seattle for the DMB weekend. 

Crystal and Me

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view from theWild Horses Monument on the drive to the GorgeImage

View from the top of the lawn.Image

Closer view

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The Emerald City

Most people who has spent more than five seconds with me know how in love I am with the city of Seattle.  I lived there for two years a few years ago, wish I had never left,  and yearn to return one day soon, but all the cards need to line up accordingly.  Mainly someone needs to buy or rent my house, but first I need to emotionally detach myself from it.

That is neither here or there in regards to this post, really I just want to share some photos from my last trip to Seattle, where I spent a week dragging my poor friend around the city to all my favorite spots.

This is the view of the Puget Sound from my favorite park:Image

Rose Garden View:

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City Target in downtown Seattle! Super cute store, but I am hating on Target at the moment for their Thanksgiving day opening. Image

Kurt Cobain memorial bench:Image

4th and Wall intersection where the old apartment is:

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Enough reminiscing, up next the Gorge recap!! It will be exciting so watch for it!

Hurricane Sandy Donation/Help Resources

  • Red Cross: To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.

  • The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.

  • Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.

  • AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.

  • World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.

  • Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.  

NJ/NY/CT hold special places in this heart of mine, please help in whatever way that you can. 

Special thanks to my friend, Reenskita, for the info.