In March 2006 we went to Seattle Mariners baseball spring training in Peoria, Arizona. ⚾️ #ThrowbackThursday

(Apologies if pictures of crowds is triggering for anyone in these pandemic times; remember, this is from the Before Times.)

Peoria Sports Complex

David and Jenn


Mariners standing around

Fans and Mariner

Batting practice


Managers chatting


Ichiro at bat



Signing balls for fans

We are safe at Mom’s place. We took our dog Rory, pet cats Pippin and Paladin, and the six ducklings, since they can’t stay on their own for more than a day. The older ducks and feral cats can fend for themselves; the chickens should be fine for a few days.

Ducklings in the truck

We got a level 2 “get ready to evacuate” alert just as we were heading to bed (during a power cut). After agonizing about it for a while, we decided to evacuate to Mom’s place (3 hours drive north), heading out around midnight, arriving at 03:00.

Fire evacuation screenshot

Fire evacuation screenshot

Fire evacuation screenshot

Fire evacuation screenshot

Jenn and I are taking a vacation this week, taking a break from social media and big screens, relaxing and playing board games and such. Or at least that’s how the week started… then the entire west coast caught on fire.

Board games

Smoke and downed tree

Game by lantern

Glow of fire in the distance