New Grill! I’m an “egg”head!

After reading several reviews on the web, and getting inspired by a [co-worker](, I decided to buy a new grill. And I’ve eschewed the propane tank forever.

I bought a [Big Green Egg]( from [Thompson’s Hearth & Home]( in Issaquah. This thing is a beast! Tips the scales at over 140 pounds, and I can’t wait to get it fired up… Which, will sadly have to wait until next weekend at the earliest. Stupid [wisdom teeth](

At any rate, I outfitted my large green egg with a [BBQ Guru]( [Competitor]( kit, complete with a 10CFM blower; and a few other [accessories]( egg nest and egg mate.

The guys at [Thompson’s]( were awesome: Les helped me out the day of my purchase (his job was easy — I had done my research), and he noticed my Texas car dealership sticker on the back of the Murano. He asked where in Texas we were from, and, as it turns out, he also went to [Texas A&M]( While we loaded up the boxes, we talked about things in Aggieland, food that we miss, and local sites in Bryan/College Station. He threw in (as standard fare) a 20 pound bag of charcoal and some BBQ seasoning, and as we were leaving, threw in another set (“I’ve gotta take care of my fellow College Station people”).

We got home a few hours later, and I realized that we forgot to load the egg nest into the car. I checked their website today, and they’re closed on Sundays, so I figured I’d call and leave a message. The owner ends up answering the phone (I think they forward the phone), and I explain the situation to him and that I’ll come by on Monday to pick it up. He says that he’ll be in Issaquah for a bit, and can go into the store and leave the missing box out in the back of the store. Talk about awesome service.

Ok, back to reading more about the grill.

Anti-Aircraft Peak

(catching up on hikes…)

Hiked On: May 20, 2006
Weather Conditions: Approximately 65°F, overcast
Elevation: 2200-2430’
Distance from Seattle: Just over 45 miles
Pictures: None
King County Park System: Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park

This hike was fairly straightforward and easy, yet the temperature and the recent rainfall (coupled with the fact that we were walking near a marsh!) made for a very humid hiking day.

In terms of awe-inspiring scenery, there really wasn't that much to our hike. We started off at Radar Park, and hiked up the Anti-Aircraft Ridge and up to the Clay Pit Road. We ran into a few fellow hikers with kids of varying ages on the trail, and were amazed by the population of snails and slugs we encountered on different pieces of the trail. Also of interest were the many different types of ferns and fungi we ran into – we should pick up a book to start identifying these things.

Total distance hiked: ~3 miles.