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  November 28, 2012
  I saw this and had to post it.
  The World's Most Interesting Phone Talker
  You all know who you are.  Woo!
   
   
  November 27, 2012
  The Christmas decorations and lights are up in Irvine, including this new tree.
  Irvine Christmas Tree    
   
  Irvine Entrance Lights     Irvine Patio Lights
   
  Irvine Christmas Lights     Irvine Christmas Lights
   
   
  Rumor has it that Bill & Melissa are also setting up a few lights in and around their new house.
Stay tuned for those pictures coming soon.
   
   
  And we have some outdoor lights in Marysville.
  Marysville Christmas Lights
  We have lights on the fence and on the ground floor.  There are no second story lights this year due to Gary's recent knee surgery.
   
  Marysville Christmas Reindeer
  The Marysville Christmas reindeer have arrived.
   
   
  November 25, 2012
  Another EZexclusive: If you are a premium EZthompson.com member, Part Two of of Grandma Sue's Team Thompson Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony video is now available for viewing.
Click here to relive the memories of the "Who Am I Game" or just click on the Mania page link above.
  Grandma Sue is a Hall of Famer
  Grandma Sue celebrates her induction into the Team Thompson Hall of Fame.
   
   
  November 24, 2012
  EZexclusive: If you are a premium EZthompson.com member and you know the correct username/password combination, then click here to view Part One of Grandma Sue's Team Thompson Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony video which took place on Mania 9 Weekend.
  Grandma Sue leads everyone in a "3-Woo" Salute
  Grandma Sue 'Woo'-ing it up.
   
   
  November 23, 2012
  Introducing the new EZthompson logo.
  'New' EZthompson Logo
   
   
  November 21, 2012
  Out with the 'old' . . . that would be a 2012 VW Passat. . .
  2012 Passat          2013 Tiguan
  . . . and in with the 'new' . . . that would be a 2013 VW Tiguan.
   
   
  November 18, 2012
  Yesterday, Melissa sent me a video of Blake helping her out in the kitchen.  I ran it through PowerDirector and this is the end result.  Enjoy!
 

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  As T. Rex used to sing, "Get it On...Bang A Gong...Get It On!"
   
  Blake would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
 

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  "Shake It Blake"
   
   
  Melissa has informed me that one of Blake's favorite things to do is pretend to go to work. He takes his wallet, keys, and laptop and will go sit in his "office."
  Blake Goes To Work 1     Blake Goes To Work 2
  Hmm, I wonder. . .does Bill sit at his desk and work barefoot too?
   
   
  While Yvonne, Alexis & I played sticks yesterday afternoon at the kitchen table, Bo & Daisy were glued to the window staring at all the leaves falling onto the lawn in the backyard.
  Bo & Daisy Are Backyard Leaf Watchers
  Nice picture Alexis.
   
   
  EZDoin' Work: A few weeks ago I installed a couple of electrical circuits in the garage. For those of you who are frequent EZthompson visitors, you've seen the pictures of my handy work (refer to the October 2012 archive page).  Here is some stop motion video of me installing the first half of those electrical runs.
 

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  And for those of you who may be wondering . . . the answer is "Yes . . . I am going through a stop motion video phase."
   
   
  November 17, 2012
  Volleyball EZVolleyball: The libero online poll is heating up.  Currently Alexis is a close second.  I'm not sure when the polling ends, but if you haven't voted yet, do so soon.
Click here to vote for Alexis, EZthompson's favorite libero.  
  All-Area Volleyball Libero 2
  It's a two libero race to the top. Woo!!!
   
   
  Last night, Yvonne & I saw #6 UDub women's volleyball team defeat #4 Oregon in a 5 set thriller. 
  U Dub Volleyball parking Receipt
  Go Dawgs!
   
   
  And in other news this week, Gary attended a 5-day training course in Bellevue learning about Cisco's Data Center Unified Fabric. 
  Cisco Unified
  It was a good, challenging course.  It was one of those classes where you really learn about how much you don't know.  But, at the same time, you're able to pick and choose what you can apply to your current work environment and what you may be able to use in the future due to current hardware constraints, budgetary restrictions, and current/future enterprise goals.  Good Stuff!
  Click here for the Course Curriculum
   
  November 14,2012
 

Volleyball EZRock The Vote: The Everett Herald is letting you cast your vote for the All-Area Volleyball Team.
Click here to vote for Alexis, EZthompson's favorite libero.

  Alexis All-Area Volleyball Libero 1
  As of 9:49pm this evening, Alexis is leading the way with just over 35% of the vote.
Click here to cast your vote.
   
   
  November 13, 2012
  Volleyball EZBreaking News: Alexis Garners Wesco 4A North First Team Volleyball Honors.
  Alexis All-Wesco Volleyball First Team Honors
  Click here for the Everett Herald Article.
   
   
  Here are the highlights from the Lady Vikings match against Bellarmine Prep Playoff Match.
 

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  Alexis and her teammates lost their match to Bellarmine (who went on to win the state 4A title); however, they scored more points against them than some of Bellarmine's other opponents over the weekend.
   
   
  November 11, 2012
  Volleyball The high school volleyball season is officially over.  In their first match, Lake Stevens lost to Bellarmine who went on to win the 4A State Title.  Video highlights coming soon.
  2012 State Volleball Ticket Stub
  Gary's 2012 State Volleyball Ticket Stub.
   
  Click here to view the 2012 4A State Volleyball Championship Results
   
   
  November 4, 2012
  Volleyball  EZfun Fact: The last time Lake Stevens High School played in the state volleyball tournament was 1989.   
  Since its been over 20 years since their last state volleyball tournament appearance, Gary decided to go 'old school' on the highlight video with music videos from the 80's in the lower right corner as background music.
  And since we're going 'old school' on the music, we may as well use the best pop songs of the 80's as we watch the Lady Vikings earn their way into the state's 4A volleyball tournament.
 

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  Rumor has it that Coach Amy's favorite song is Kenny Loggins 'Footloose' and she loves dancing to it.
  EZGary Observation: The last 3 matches have been a blast to watch because of the enthusiasm, intensity, focus and determination all girls have had on the court. 
  Let's Go To State LAKE!!!...You Know!!!
  EZthompon.com's Winning Formula: Time + Effort = Success
   
   
  November 3, 2012
  Volleyball  EZBreaking News: LAKE IS GOING TO STATE!!!
  The Lake Stevens Lady Vikings Defeated the Eastlake Lady Wolves this afternoon earning a berth to the state volleyball tournament.  Volleyball highlights from today match coming soon.
   
   
  Volleyball  Here are the highlights from the Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish match on Thursday night.  This was the first of two must win matches of the night.
 

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  The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Panthers in 4 sets.  Woo!
   
   
  Click here to see how Grandma Sue likes to burn calories.
   
   
  Click here to go to the Updated EZthompson Links Page
  Click here to go to the Updated EZthompson Tech Page
   
   
  November 2, 2012
  Volleyball  Lake Stevens won both matches last night. Now they play one more on Saturday.  If the Lady Vikings win that one, then it's on to the State Volleyball Tournament next weekend.
Here are the highlights from last nights (re)match against Kamiak.
 

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  Let's Gooooooo LAKE...You Know!!!
   
   
  November 1, 2012
  Volleyball  The High School Volleyball playoffs started on Tuesday.  Lake Stevens lost their first match vs. Kamiak, but came back strong in their second match and defeated Lynnwood, thus keeping their state title playoff hopes alive. There will be more volleyball tonight and the Lady Vikings must win both matches to have a chance to advance to the State Tournament.
Here are the highlights from their win two days ago.
 

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  More highlights coming soon.
   
   
  EZfun Fact: We had 107 Halloween visitors last night.
   
   
  Archive Page Links
  May 2012:
Alexis Academic Achievements / 2009 Lake Shasta 'Drive-By Tubing' / 2007 Lake Chelan Wipeout Lowlights / 2010 Coeur d' Alene Picture Slideshow / 2008 Lake Stevens Wakesurfing Highlights / Front Yard Fence / Volleyball Play of the Day
   
  June 2012:
Amazon Gift Card Shopping / 'New' Garage Pool Table Setup / Darlene's New Ceiling Fan / Mom & Dad in Yellowstone / Gary's EZvideo on How To Wakesurf / Boat Winter Cover Removal / Mom & Dad in Montana / Mom & Dad Beebe Bridge Campground / Mom & Dad's 24.5' SunSeeker RV in Marysville
   
  July 2012:
Lake Stevens Boating with Mike & Kerri Fischer / New Boating Tube / New Trailer Connector / Daisy Card Player / Jetty Island Volleyball / Alexis Driving Manual Mini / Darlene Boat Proclamation / Daisy is a Sink Drinker / Anniversary Roses / Blake Talks / Hershey Park Roller Coaster / Jetty Island Panorama / Alexis' Old & New Mini Cooper / Team Thompson in Hershey, PA / Darlene's Tricycle Pictures & Videos / Mason's Birthday / Pool Table is Ready / Team Thompson at Yankees Game / Morton's Dinner
   
  August 2012:
Boat Cover Repair / Gary's Knee MRI / Cousin Sharon Visits TTHQ / Coeur d' Alene Vacation Videos / CCP's / Art's Wall / TTHQ RV Parking / Alexis Varsity Volleyball / Alki Volleyball / TTHQ Master Bedroom Makeover / Seaside Volleyball / TTHQ Senior Handrail / Gary Wakesurfs Under A Bridge / Coeur d' Alene Dock Jumpers / Coeur Bird Whisperers / Hunter The Tree Climber / TTHQ North Bedroom Makeover / Alexis & Cristal Morrison / Fishing with Dick Payseno / Blake Predicts a Brother / TTHQ South Bedroom Removal / Ron Payseno Rope Removal / Blake's First In 'N Out Burger
   
  September 2012:
Bryce "Big Sexy" Pool Shark / F-150 Smog Check / Pre-House Paint / Fresh House Paint / TTHQ Summer End / TTHQ Pastor / Ron, Bryce & Gary Wakesurf / 4 Rigs / Scott Painting / Jackson Ladder Golf / Gary Pre & Post Knee Surgery / Alexis First Day of School / Convalescent Bo / Mom & Dad at Lassen Volcanic National Park / Gary's Knee 3 Days Post Surgery / Viking Volleyball Herald Links / Raspberry Jam Toast / Another Mole Bites The Dust Video / Ron Payseno Wakesurf Video / Alexis & Daisy / Bo Ice Pack Headrest / Bill, Melissa & Blake's New Home / Bo The Ice Pack Licker / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / Bo The Pool Table Walker / Pool Table Light Build Stop-Motion Video / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / And Another Mole Bites The Dust / Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens Pre-Game Entrance Video / Gary Pressure Washing the Fence / Bowl of Raspberries / Gary & Yvonne on Lake Union & Jim & Simone on Lake Washington
   
 

October 2012:
Bo & Daisy: Trash Scavengers / Gary's Right Knee 4 Weeks Post Surgery / Lake Union Panoramic / Gary & Yvonne on Lake Washington / Lake Stevens vs. Arlington / Alexis & Paige Volleyball Highlights / Pool Table Light / Beauty Bark Day / Gary's In A Pool Mood / Bo Lounging / Boat Winterizing Stop Motion Video / Marysville Sunrise Stop Motion Video / Wandering Dog Stetson / Lake Stevens vs. Mt. Vernon Volleyball Highlights / Gary Lake Union Swimming / Grandpa Gary Voicemail / Tony Germinaro Emails & Championship Belt / VW Lease Program Update / Boat Winterizing / Gary & Ron Coeur d' Alene Wakesurf Video / O.C. Roller Derby / Chainsaw Carving / Mom & Dad's TDI Jetta / Lake Stevens Volleyball Update / Lake Stevens vs. Arlington Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens vs. Monroe Volleyball Highlights / Cisco 6509 Decommissioning / Garage Electrical Wiring Update / Lake Stevens Senior Night Pic / Double Rainbow Whoop Dee Doo

   
  November 2012:
  Lake Stevens vs. Lynnwood Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens vs. Kamiak Volleyball Highlights / Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish Volleyball Highlights / EZthompson Links & Tech Page Updates / Lake Stevens vs. Eastlake Volleyball Highlights (w/ 80's videos) / Gary's WIAA Volleyball Playoffs Ticket Stub / Lake Stevens vs. Bellarmine Prep Highlights / Alexis in All-Wesco Volleyball First Team / The Everett Herald's All-Area Volleyball Voting / U Dub Volleyball Ticket Stub / Gary's Cisco Course Certificate / Blake Bangs A Gong / Blake's Wishes You A Happy Thanksgiving / Blake Goes To Work / Bo & Daisy Backyard Dreamers / Gary's Garage Electrical Wiring Stop Motion Video / 2012 Passat is 'old' & 2013 Tiguan is 'new' / New EZthompson logo / Grandma Sue's Hall of Fame Videos posted to Mania page / Irvine Christmas Lights / Marysville Christmas Lights / The World's Most Interesting Phone Talker
   
  2012 Boating Log.
  Pre-Entry One
  June 11, 2011 - Marysville, WA: Gary
  I picked up the boat at Shane & Teresa's place after work today.
   
  Boating Log: Entry One
  June 15, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson
  Evening Wakeboarding & Swimming
  Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 68°
  Notes: Gary took the day off from work today to summerize the boat.  Scott wakeboarded (naturally he landed his one and only back flip) & Gary waksurfed with no knee pain. 
While we were out on the South side of the lake, we picked up a 6' x 2" x 8" board with nails sticking out of it. It appeared to be from someone's dock.
The late afternoon/evening boating was cut short as Jodi had to go to the Emergency Room with what appears to be a kidney stone. Jackson may be staying the night with us, depending upon how things turn out with Jodi.  Get well soon Jodi!
   
  Boating Log: Entry Two
  July 7, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Lindsey (aka 'Mas o Menos')
  Afternoon Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 70°
  Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing.  If anyone asks if Lindsey is a wake surfer, I can honestly say, "Mas o Menos"
BTW - Today is the day we picked up Lex's 'new' 2004 6-Speed Mini Cooper, aka 'Bradley Cooper'
   
  Boating Log: Entry Three
  July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jan & Darlene
  Afternoon Cruising & Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 77° / Water Temp: 77°
  Notes: Lots of boat lounging followed by wakesurfing.  We saw Mike & Kerry in their AR230 and they ended up taking video of Gary & Yvonne wakesurfing from their boat.  Cool!
   
  Boating Log: Entry Four
  July 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi, Colton & Jackson
  Evening Tubing & Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 75° / Water Temp: 77°
  Notes: Before jumping onto the superman tube, Colton bragged to everyone and (especially Gary) about his tubing skills and that he has yet to be bounced off a tube.  Gary took that as a challenge and decided to give Colton a real tube experience. 25 seconds into his first ride of the day, Colton was no longer on the tube. For those of you keeping score at home, that's Gary 1, Colton 0.
   
  Boating Log:Entry Five
  July 28, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron
  Afternoon Boat Launch, Test Drive & Evening Mechanical Fixing
  Air Temp: 81° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: We launched the boat and drove to '16 to 1 Bay' (next bay over) and back. While on the phone with Yvonne trying to identify the rental house from the lake, the front line (3/8" double-braided nylon) got sucked up the jet intake and wrapped itself around the port impeller. We spent 45 minutes of troubleshooting in the water and eventually trailered the boat. From the boat launch, with help from a nameless Mr. Handyman and his tools, we were able to free the line from the impeller shaft.
   
  Boating Log:Entry Six
  July 29, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige
  Our First 'Official' Day On The Water
  Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 73°
  Notes: The boat problems of yesterday are in the rear view mirror. Yvonne was the first one to wakesurf, followed by Alexis, then Paige, Ron & Gary. Paige got up, but then fell shortly thereafter. Ron was a surfing machine and had a good run on just his second attempt.
We had lunch on the water in Rockford Cove, followed by tubing by Paige and Alexis on one and two tubes. Alexis and Paige switched tubes on one run.
After tubing, we stopped at the Rockford Cove Marina for ice cream.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Seven
  July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Paige
  Late Morning Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 80° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: Each of us had two wakesurf sessions. Paige is officially a wakesurfer now. Ron keeps getting better every time out. Ron is a natural jet boat driver.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Eight
  July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi, Paige, Allie & Jordan.
  Afternoon Wakesurfing, Wakeboarding & Tubing.
  Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: Allie & Jordan left Monroe this morning at 7am and arrived shortly after 2pm (delayed due to road construction in Rockford, ID).
Yvonne, Alexis, Allie, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed (Gary's knee is N.G.).
Yvonne wakeboarded.
Allie, Jordan, Paige & Alexis tubed in various combinations on the 2 tubes.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Nine
  July 30, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige
  Morning & Afternoon Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding.
  Air Temp: 88° / Water Temp: 79°
  Notes: Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina in the morning (39 gallons).
Yvonne, Alexis, Paige, Ron & Gary wakesurfed in and around Powderhorn Bay (Gary's knee was okay today). Paige demonstrated that she is an ambidextrous wakeboarder.
Yvonne, Ron & Alexis wakeboarded.
Another beautiful day on the lake.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Ten
  August 1, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige
  Boat ride to Coeur d' alene, Fishing and Spokane River Cruising & Wakeboarding
  Air Temp: 90° / Water Temp: 77°
  Notes: Boated to Coeur d' alene where the girls were dropped off for some downtown shopping. While they were in town, Gary & Ron went fishing along the shoreline of the Coeur d' alene Resort Golf Course.
Cruised the Spokane River and admired the homes, landscapes and docks.
Gary & Ron wakesurfed on the Spokane River and under the I-95 bridge...Woo!!!
Yet another beautiful day on the lake.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Eleven
  August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige
  Afternoon Wakeboarding & Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 76° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: Woke up to clouds this morning with overcast sky. Paige is now a wakeboarder. She got up on her 2nd attempt. Ron, Alexis, Paige & Gary wakeboarded.
Gassed up at the Rockford Bay Marina (42 gallons) after everyone was done wakesurfing and ate ice cream sandwiches.
Moored at 4pm due to threatening skies of rain.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Twelve
  August 2, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron
  Evening Wakesurfing Session
  Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: The threatening skies of rain from earlier disappeared. We wakesurfed in 2 different glassy-water locations to avoid all the fishing boats. It was the best wakesurfing conditions of the vacation.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Thirteen
  August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Ron & Heidi
  Morning Wakesurfing Session
  Air Temp: 74° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed while Heidi flagged and captured all the red-hot action on video.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Fourteen
  August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis, Ron, Heidi & Paige
  Early Afternoon Coeur d' alene River Cruising & Wakesurfing Session
  Air Temp: 82° / Water Temp: 75° (River Temp)
  Notes: Ron & Gary wakesurfed in the Coeur d' alene River next to the boat launch near Thompson's Lake. Gary got to surf under another bridge...Woo!!!
Paige wasn't feeling well so she and Heidi went back to the house.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Fifteen
  August 3, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary, Yvonne, Alexis & Ron
  Afternoon Cruising, Swimming & Fishing
  Air Temp: 86° / Water Temp: 78°
  Notes: We got 2 bags of ice and ice cream sandwiches at the Harrison Marina. We ate lunch in a cove off the shore of the Coeur d' alene Indian Reservation.
Cruised to the south end of the lake and ended up fishing in the St. Joe River. We didn't catch anything, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.
Moored at 4:30pm.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Sixteen
  August 4, 2012 - Coeur d' alene, ID: Gary & Ron
  Pre-Checkout, Early Morning Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: Ron & I each had 2 sessions to bring our Coeur d' alene vacation to and end.
   
  Boating Log: Entry Seventeen
  August 26, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Scott, Jodi & Jackson.
  Afternoon Swimming & Scott Wakeboarding
  Air Temp: 78° / Water Temp: 76°
  Notes: Jackson is officially unafraid of the water now.  He couldn't stop jumping off the bow and stern of the boat.  Next year, he should be ready to wakeboard.  Scott bravely wakeboarded in rough water.  Afterwards, we had a late dinner at the Locke's and ate pasta (Sabina's famous recipe).
   
  Boating Log: Entry Eighteen
  September 2, 2012 - Lake Stevens, WA: Gary, Ron & Bryce.
  Morning Wakesurfing
  Air Temp: 70° / Water Temp: 75°
  Notes: Gary had one wakesurf session.  He had to ride 'goofy' as his right knee is very NG.  Surgery is in 2 days.  Ron & Bryce each had 2 good surf sessions. Between rides, we drove to wakeboard cove and showed Bryce the house with the big 'R'.  
   
  Boating Log: Entry Nineteen
  September 30, 2012 - Lake Union & Lake Washington, WA: Gary, Yvonne, Jim & Simone.
  A day on the water
  Air Temp: 67° / Water Temp: 69°
  Notes: We launched at the 14th St. boat launch in Seattle (plenty of trailer parking today).   We cruised Lake Union and explored lots a marinas with big yachts. Gary swam a lap around the boat just outside of Sam & Mary Lou's houseboat (not sure if they still live there).  Opened the boat up on Lake Washington and moored briefly at Marina Park in Kirkland for a bathroom break (next to Anthony's Homeport). EZmental Note: Mooring at the marina is free for 3 hours.  We wrapped up our lake Washington excursion by cruising by all the construction going on next to the 520 bridge.
   
   
  Misc Travel Distances
  Travel Distances
  Marysville Driveway - to - TTHQ = 325 miles
  Marysville Driveway - to - Lake Coeur d' Alene, ID (Cave Bay/Worley, ID) = 344 miles
  Marysville Driveway - to - Crescent Bar, WA = 188 miles
   
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