Saturday, September 14, 2013

Working up north

We had a management retreat at a house north of Seattle, right at the end of a peninsula that went a few miles into a bay.  The retreat started with dinner at the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle.  The view was amazing!

The house was at the end of a peninsula that jutted out a few miles into a bay.  A short walk led down to a small grassy area at the top of some rocks about 15 feet above the bay.  In the distance, we could see the San Juan Islands.  Below is a picture I took at sunset on the first night.  The next night, we had a little activity at that place, and we were treated to an equally spectacular sunset.

While we did spend the majority of the time there working and meeting, we had quite a bit of fun.  The evening activity was pool volleyball.  The pool, which claimed to be 3 feet deep at the ends and 4 feet in the middle, was actually closer to 5 at one end and 3 at the other end.  It made for a challenge for the deep-end team.  Though we played at least 4-5 games per night, often more, the deep end team wasn't ever victorious.  But there were some close ones, and it made for fun, competitive evenings.

One day, we did some sea kayaking.  We went a few miles along the sea shore and saw starfish, sea anemones, and some pretty shoreline.  The starfish were a beautiful purple color or a bright orange, and they were often stacked on top of one another.

We had lunch on a little island, 

where Trevor caught a dungeness crab.  Though it looked pretty big to us, we were told that it wasn't quite large enough to keep (not that we would have).

It is a great group that I work with!