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Adventures in the Pacific NW 
Nov. 7, 2011 7:04 pm 
Updated: Nov. 10, 2011 8:04 pm
DH & I celebrated our 30th anniversary last month.  Around May, I very casually mentioned to the hubs that I wanted to go see "Buford" as our anniversary present to ourselves.  Buford is our son, John, who is in the Army at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, WA.  Buford is my nickname for him since he was a toddler. So I made the arrangements, cheap RT flight (woohoo!), hotel and car rental, all done in one day. Then my son calls a few days later and says "did you make those reservations?" Uh oh... it looked like he might be out for field training and we might not even get to see him. Back and forth we went, all the way to mid-October before we actually got confirmation that we actually would be able to get together. Whew! Bags were packed and we were ready to go.

Not being the world traveler and having only been to Chicago O'Hare airport for the Vegas trip, I did not realize you should dutifully check the screen at the gate desk. We arrived at the airport 2-1/2 hours before our flight, eventually watched a plane approach the gate, pilots and airline attendants getting ready, but still not boarding. Hmmm... went to ask about our flight. Whaaatt???? Our flight's gate had been moved and was just about to take off. The gate was NOT close. We missed our flight by 2 minutes. DH saw the plane backing out. Between near tears and some colorful language, we did manage to get on a flight 3 hours later.  Arrived at Sea-Tac Airport safe and sound, albeit much later than planned.

The next day we made contact with our son and he was able to spend Friday through Monday with us and was able to stay in our hotel room.  We also met his girlfriend from Indonesia who is attending college in Tacoma.  Very nice, but shy and quiet.  Can't blame her having only met us for the first time. 

We were able to take in some of the sights in Seattle - the ferry, Space Needle, the nearby rock & roll/pop culture museum, aquarium, Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Pike Street Market.  We also enjoyed a couple of very good seafood restaurants.  Can I mention that leaving Seattle by car at 5:00 p.m. is stupid?  Rush hour in my town of 250 people is getting behind 2 pickup trucks stuck waiting for a combine. 

While of course our primary reason for visiting the Pacific NW was to see our son, he won't be coming home for Christmas, as soon as I made arrangements, I thought there was no way I wasn't going to try to meet up with Candice and Christine, new friends from the Vegas gathering.  I very carefully planned scenarios in my head where I could meet up with them while DH & DS spent a day of male bonding.  Thought I could take a morning and meet up with Witchy Woman, and stop by the AR offices and see AR Elizabeth.  Sigh...  Best laid plans...

I love my DH.  For 30+ years I've loved him.  However...  God love the man, but you can't get him going in the morning when he's on vacation.  He'll make coffee and snack on cookies while either watching TV or cruising ebay listings.  Then we go out for breakfast, usually leaving the room no earlier than 10:00 - 10:30.  Needless to say, we don't get free breakfast from the hotel because it's too late and by the time we've gone somewhere to eat, the entire morning is shot.  Therefore, all my plans on what we could get done in a day were waaay too ambitious.

I did have the Sunday set aside for meeting up with Candice & Christine and Avon joined the party too. We met in Portland, which was about halfway in between for all of us. Candice graciously played chauffeur and tour guide and planned a wonderful day for us to enjoy. See Candice's blog for pics!  We absolutely laughed ourselves silly.  Meeting Avon was like meeting up with an old friend.  No worries about awkward first moments.  There aren't enough words to tell you how much I treasured this outing.  BTW, I think one of my STB moments was when we turned down this nice wide one-way street, but you couldn't drive in the train lane, the bus lane or the bike lane.  Where the heck are you supposed to drive?  Well, STB!  I didn't realize my Dad's somewhat earthy phrase would tickle so many funny bones!  Oh, Candice neglected to mention that her car goes in reverse pretty quickly when she turns down a street that is meant only for the trains.  Oops!!  And the poor thing got a parking ticket because all of us were yapping and none of us were paying attention to signs.

I missed stopping at the AR office when I was at Pike Street Market.  By the time we got out of there, the office would have been closed.  Our last day in Tacoma, we planned on heading towards WW's area and then head towards the ocean.  We made it as far as Olympia and then John called and we found out that if we wanted to see him one last time that day, we would have to meet up with him that afternoon.  He had been called out for night vision driving training.  Rats!  So we headed straight to the ocean to say that we had seen it, stayed for about 20 minutes, and turned right around to make it back to meet up with the kid.  We loved the drive through the mountains and I thoroughly enjoyed my drive to Portland and back.

All in all, it was an adventure to remember.  We had a wonderful time with our son, and I have some more beautiful memories of my new friends.  As always, if you have the opportunity to meet up with some of these great folks, you won't regret it.  The Vegas meet and Midwest Round-ups as well have been something treasured forever.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:04 pm
Good grief, sorry for the book...
Nov. 7, 2011 7:21 pm
So much fun was had that Sunday. Thank you again for setting aside time to spend with us. Also, thank you for sharing about the time with you son after leaving us.I love your statement about the traffic where you live being "getting behind 2 pickup trucks stuck waiting for a combine." That hilarious and I can just see it. We actually have combines in my town too and they travel is herds. Like 6 at a time going about 5mph. Can't wait to see you again. Great blog Lora.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:24 pm
I spent a few years at Ft. Lewis back in the late 80's
Nov. 7, 2011 7:31 pm
Thanks for popping in Candice. Wish I could have met your chickens! Can't wait to see what Avon comes up with. I think she's taking a different spin on things.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:32 pm
KingSparta, thanks for stopping by. John has been at Ft. Lewis since March. Technically they have made it Joint Base Lewis-McCord, army & air force. BTW, I need to try those Adobo Pork Chops of yours.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:35 pm
yes meeting the folks you "know" thru allrecipes is great...we all really share something, not just cooking (which ain't a bad thing!) YEAH, SEATTLE TRAFFIC STINKS, ALMOST AS BAD AS ATLANTA...ALMOST! TELL YOUR SON WE APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE AND IF HE IS EVER TRANSFERRED TO FT. BENNING THE COOKING-CHALLENGED WIFE WILL FATTEN HIM UP ON SOME GOOD SOUTHERN CHOW! dang, sorry, just noticed the caps.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:39 pm
Great blog, MB! I would have mentioned the same scene about the traffic as Candice did. Having lived the first years of my life in a semi-rural area, I know what you mean about the combine. I know what lovely people you met up with! And I know you! So I can only imagine how much fun you had!
Nov. 7, 2011 7:55 pm
I am so glad that you took the time to meet up with our AR friends while still seeing your son. Isn't Pike Place Market amazing? I love hearing about your adventures. Thank you for sharing and thank you to your son for his service.
Nov. 7, 2011 7:59 pm
Gary, Ft. Benning would have been my son's choice (if he had a choice!). Marianne, would have loved to have been able to time the visit with yours. BN, Pike Place Market was great! We didn't have enough time (because of DH's morning dawdling) to see all the shops, we cruised through most of the foodie booths/shops.
Nov. 7, 2011 8:22 pm
Well hello there ol buddy ol pal.... I loved this recap as seen through your eyes. Of course you experienced so much more than just us girls, but speaking for the others, I can't thank you enough for dedicating a day to us. It was so great to meet up with a new friend from Illinois. And yes, I do have a different spin coming. :)
Nov. 7, 2011 8:40 pm
Candice, Christine & Avon, sent you an email. LOL!
Nov. 8, 2011 2:11 am
What a great trip - you sure packed a lot in. Nice to see your son and meet with friends. I would love to see the great NW someday. I know your airport frustration and the sinking feeling. Those mishaps happen to people who fly more frequently also!!! All's well that ends well and your trip certainly did. Fun post - thanks, Magnolia!
Nov. 8, 2011 3:25 am
Happy Anniversary to you! What a wonderful trip and so good you got to see your son!
Nov. 8, 2011 5:36 am
And you wonder why I say "I hate traveling"? Between the plane and the DH, I'd been a little edgy. Your trip looked so great as seen thru the other eyes and now to hear it from you. I'm so glad you got to see your baby. I need to send you an email about mine :( The icing on the cherry covered cake had to be meeting the AR ladies. What fun!
Nov. 8, 2011 5:37 am
Happy Anniversary roomie! :) I'm glad you got to see DS (I remember the whole "ticket" story). . . next time you travel off to the PNW, remember, I make breakfast AND get up early! hahahaha!!! Would LOVE to meet Avon and see Candice and Christine again!
Nov. 8, 2011 8:19 pm
Thanks everyone for the anniversary wishes! LS, I'd love to drag you along, especially since you've got that new swanky piece of luggage. It would be a lot easier to spot rather than that unique luggage color... black.
Nov. 9, 2011 2:55 pm
Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you married my DH's clone. Mine would get going at the crack of noon. What a great trip you had, even if O'Hare is designed to make anyone crazy.
Nov. 9, 2011 6:03 pm
Sounds like you gals had a wonderful "hen party". Hope you gals didn't laugh so hard you "filled your britches!" Bet you're "proud as a peacock", and poppin' your buttons" when you think of that great son. Tell him thanks from my family for serving. Curious about your Magnolia Blossom" name, I looked up Magnolia IL, and find that you're in Putnam County. I'm in Putnam County, IN. It's a small world. We're not "within a stone's throw" of each other, but "it's (not) a fur piece" from there to here!
Nov. 9, 2011 7:22 pm
Mamaw, I just commented on your post on Avon's blog! You are just too quick! Well we didn't fill our britches, but we nearly peed our pants. You're right, it is a small world. Indiana, hmmm... It's just a "hop, skip & a jump" away.
Nov. 9, 2011 7:25 pm
BSH, doesn't that just drive you crazy? If I want to blow the whole morning, I can do that from the comfort of my own couch. O'Hare puts the fear of God in me, so I do the park & shuttle service at an area hotel. Pay to park and they take us & pick us up at the airport.
Nov. 10, 2011 1:38 pm
hehehe.. my DH is like that too.. getting him moving is so difficult.. but ask him and he'll say I'm the one who's difficult to move.. Since I'm new to london & he works really hard all week, we've started going out every saturday to see Places. It does get a little frustrating when he takes time to get ready... Ahh well, he does work hard so I suppose I ought to allow him to sleep in on the weekends atleast.. :P
Nov. 10, 2011 8:04 pm
Cuppycake, I guess the good part is that at least the DH is motivated to go see some stuff. Better than not at all. That applies to both of our hubbies.
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