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WA Visit 2018
I visited my boy Riley and wife Jess at their new home in the Northwest. I’m really proud of these kids, they’ve landed a beautiful isolated spread on prime land. I took a bunch of photos but for privacy all I’m sharing here is the first night fire-pit shots, including Riley’s boyhood friend (and mine) and a fine shot of Mt. Rainier.
While I was doing the Parade (see post below), Tori was going up for her first balloon ride. Steph knows the balloon people, having provided their propane over the years, and got Tori a ride with three seasoned balloon pilots.
and, the great photo-journalist Steph shot a flawless video of the launch, here:
There’s a baby in the house, with an unusual name. I asked how his name was spelled and found out Ari has two first names, hyphenated together. What the heck, why not! He’s also pretty darn cute…
It’s just so cool that I have my grandmothers favorite blanket and her handmade afghan as the covers for the bed in my truck. I know her spirit is smiling as I venture off down the river and I hear her whispering in my ear: don’t forsake your brother!
Somebody got into mom’s makeup…
My sister found my grandmothers old crocheted afghan and asked me if I’d like to have it. Her old blanket occupies a proud spot on the top of the bed in the back of my truck, so I told her absolutely yes!
It’s in perfect shape and I recall it from when I was a kid, which makes it really old.
Up The Hill
Steph’s sister Sandy and sibling Kerry brought a family truck named Baby from Washington State here to the Valley yesterday. It’s now Steph’s new ride and we have to work on sending her Mazda into a well deserved retirement.
We hopped on the Grand Targhee shuttle this morning and rode up the hill to enjoy the ambiance of a fine powder day, and here’s some shots: (Click the photo below…)
I stole a picture off of Steph’s Facebook that shows her two grand-daughters in the snuggle position. This is half the destination of her latest craft stuff…
Steph has two young grand-daughters in the south, one in Washington and another in Washington that might as well be. She’s creating her own design Fabric Dolls for each of them for Christmas. The first two rolled off the sewing table today with press on clothes to follow. I’ll get some shots when they’re ready.
She also has a star quarterback teenage grandson but I don’t think he’s getting one of these…
I celebrated my 71st birthday in Washington yesterday by staying with my boy Riley and wife Jessica at their Auburn home, and then headed to Seattle with Riley.
Starting out at Kent Station we rode the Sounder Train into town which normally doesn’t run on Sunday but it was a one shot Mariners special full of baseball heads. Then we caught a Metro bus over to the Seattle Center for the Bite Of Seattle. After that we took the Monorail to Pike Place Market and then back home on the 150. I had a great time with my boy!
It was 1630 and I realized I could jump start my return by hitting the road and ended up at a sweet rest area just West of Spokane. This morning I grabbed Andrea in Missoula and we are now back. To see some photos in the above described sequence, click the photo below.
Here’s some getting around video:
I was perusing through the photos that Steph brought back from the South and came across this one of her 14 year old grandson, Dillan. I don’t know about you but this kid looks like a young Elvis to me. Presley was born in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis. Dillan was born in Washington and has grown up in the South. Maybe it’s the water?
This day always tugs at my heart a bit, it’s the birthday of someone I lost touch with many years ago. Today she turns fifty and as I extended my body this morning in prayer, I sent out a special one in her direction. Happy birthday great.
Had a fun mothers day over at Brian’s place until Dave acted up and we had to put him in timeout…
His boy Ethan was much better behaved.