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While the rest of the country lies in the grip of a tremendous heat wave, I’m in the great Northwest this weekend, Seattle, where the temperature has only risen above 80 degrees for a whopping seventy-eight minutes so far in 2011.   This time of year there is even sunshine, and plenty of it.  When conditions are this good there is no better place on earth.

To take advantage I took the ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and a nice long bike ride with future father-in-law Ron Erickson. Below I chronicle the journey in photos:

Seattle from the water. This photo is unaltered--that is blue sky!

Looking back at downtown from the ferry crossing Puget Sound.

I am flanked by Seattle and Mt. Ranier, blackberries behind me.

Post card view of Port Madison on Bainbridge Island.

I never felt self conscious wearing tights, but bike shorts are weirdly inappropriate...

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Written by Aaron Ingley

Aaron Ingley, originally from Tallahassee, Florida, began his training at the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts and Tallahassee Ballet. Aaron completed his professional training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA, where he performed with that company at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival. He was also featured as Tom Snout in PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream produced for the BBC. He performed professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for nine seasons. A versatile dancer, Aaron was featured in numerous classical and contemporary roles and served as the company’s Principal Character Artist during that time.

A consummate innovator, Aaron pushes the boundaries, helping expand the ways in which art is conceptualized and defined through the use of film and by training the next generation of dancers to combine fundamental technique with the fine art of performing. Aaron is a renaissance man of sorts; in addition to ballet, Aaron is a professional actor, a founding partner of MDK Studios, CEO of Barre LLC, and holds degrees in History and General Management from University of Pittsburgh. MDK Studios produces video for local nonprofit organizations and independent films. Barre LLC is a gourmet nutrition foods company that markets and distributes real food bars to fuel ballet and the performing arts.

In his free time he is an avid cyclist and enjoys creating delicious, healthy snacks in the kitchen with Julia. He especially loves tasting all the delicious, healthy snacks he creates, and testing their effectiveness while riding the trails! He wishes to give a shout out to his two cats, Sadler McCorvey Sr. and Dita.