Oct 5, 2010

A MINI VACATION

We took a quick trip to Portland for the weekend.  We were planning to go down late Sunday morning and visit with our 2 daughters and their families.  As I was reading some photo blogs on Saturday I noticed that Art Wolfe a famous nature photographer and host of the television show Travels to the Edge was giving a one day seminar in Portland on Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00.  Judy encouraged me to attend so I signed up online. We got up early Sunday morning and drove the three and half hours to Portland so I could be there by 9:30, in time to get a seat for the seminar.   Judy dropped me off in downtown Portland and found her way over to our daughter Julie's place. 

The seminar was really great and the time went fast.  Judy picked me up promptly at 4:00 pm and along with Julie and Jeremy we joined Michelle and her family for evening church at Mosaic.  After church we headed over to Michelle's for homemade soup and a great time wrestling with Nemo and Mia.  After getting them properly wound up, it was time to go back to Julie and Jeremy's for bed.  It was a long day but we had a great time.

We packed a lot into our Monday.  Julie fixed breakfast for us and Michelle arrived in time for breakfast as well.  Then it was time for me to head to the barber while the girls did a little shopping and then picked Mia from Preschool.  We then met up at Fire on the Mountain for lunch and then we again went off in different directions.  Julie and I headed to a camera store and computer store while Michelle and Judy headed to an antique mall.  We all joined up again for dinner last night, this time at a Hawaiian restaurant called Ohana.  We had a leisurely dinner and then it was time to say our goodbyes to Michelle's family and give them a last round of hugs.  This morning after breakfast with Julie and Jeremy  we packed up and headed back home to Chimacum.  It was a beautiful sunny day and after stopping in Olympia for lunch and a stop at Trader Joes, we headed north on 101.  After  a leisurely drive along the Hood Canal, and a quick stop at the Post Office to pick up our mail, we were back at the motor home and unpacked in plenty of time for happy hour.

We had a great weekend and enjoyed being together for an all too brief time with family.  Being with our grand kids Nemo and Mia made us miss our other grand kids, Emma, Ella, and Harrison back in Michigan. On that note I am posting a brief video that our son Jonathan made of our 4 month old grandson Harrison.  It made us smile and I hope it does the same for you.



Until later.

P.S.  Tomorrow we'll share some info about our 30 day challenge.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Ali said...

Did I miss something...what is your 30 day challenge?

Also, where in WA are you now. We are in Clarkston, WA across from Lewiston, ID visiting our son and his family.

We leave Monday the 25th going to Crescent Bar, near Quincy and then on to Leavenworth and then to Blaine. Wondering if we will be near each other that we could do a meet up.

Travel safely.

PS Loved the video of Harrison...he is definitely a cutie pie.