The only thing that’s better than having a great trip in foreign lands is having a great trip at home.
Saturday, June 15, Michael and I drove up to Seattle to pick up two very good friends who were arriving from their home in Hove, England. They have hosted us many times and have shown us many incredible things (geographical, historical, cultural) in their very rich part of England.
We are delighted to finally have an opportunity to reciprocate and show them some of the wonders the Pacific Northwest has to offer. We may not have the fields on which the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 but we do have the fort (or a facsimile thereof) where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806. We may not have the glorious chalk cliff walks of the Seven Sisters but we do have the beaches of Puget Sound (two bald eagles sighted within first moments of walk), the mountains of the Columbia River Gorge and the waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park. No cozy village pubs? Not to worry; we have a multitude of McMenamins and vineyards beyond number. In other words, we are ready to take on the old world!
Our first two nights have been spent in a nice water front (Appletree Cove) AirB&B in Kingston, Washington. Perfect location for visiting with sister Cathy and family, which we spent yesterday doing. Margaret and family came over from Seattle and we had a great day catching up on family news and seeing how much the boys (5 and 3) have grown and developed since our last visit one year ago.
Over two evenings, Cathy and Ed treated us to an array of delicious Alaskan fishes (all lovingly caught by either Ed or Bessie): Gorgeous smoked salmon, a wonderful, creamy salmon spread, and an incredible fresh halibut dinner. Onions, white wine, cream, mayonnaise were all involved in its preparation and it was wonderful. Fresh blueberry pie rounded things out (mostly me).
A most excellent beginning to a fortnight of fun and exploration