Pandemic: Road Trip Week 7

Thanks to the generous hospitality of Mark and Kelly we spent four restful days at their cabin/house on Lost River Road in Mazama. The little town of Mazama is located off Highway 20 East of Anacortes. The three-hour trip includes elevation through the North Cascades National Park near Mount Baker. Mazama sits in a mountain valley so it is much warmer in climate than Anacortes or Guemes Island from which we came. The temperature this morning when we had coffee sitting outside on the deck was a cool 62 degrees. This afternoon the temperature hit 87 degrees.

Brian, Emily, Amaya and their dog, Sallie, spent three of the four days with us so we had lots of time for games with Amaya. I think Sandy and I played more games of Uno and Go Fish and Tic Tack Toe than we were accustomed to but Amaya’s smile was worth it. Most of those days were spent just relaxing and hanging out. Brian is always interesting because he has a plethora of thoughts, considerations and observations to share. He likes to nudge you along until you finally come to believe he was right. Emily is progressing well; her foot seems to be healing on schedule. Walks with Brian, Sallie, Sandy and Amaya usually ended up at the river so Sallie got to chase sticks into the water until she was worn out. Tuesday morning, we left the hammock life style headed out for places unknown and roads less traveled.

We started our day at 62 degrees and ended it at 102 degrees. And, talk about the roads less traveled, try Highway 20 East to 79 South, to 365 South, to Highway 84 ending up in Baker City, Oregon. We saw some beautiful parts of our country. Most of the day we were in foothills and mountains. There is lots of land and very few people in South Eastern Washington and North Eastern Oregon. Tomorrow we plan to explore parts of Idaho we have not yet seen.  

Pandemic: Road Trip Week 6

Brian has spent the weekend working on the 2nd bedroom re-hab which is looking fantastic. He has been cutting, trimming, sanding and painting. It’s awesome watching him work. I’ve tried to be helpful but the more I help it seems to cause him a backslide to re-do what I did.

Today, Wednesday, we were to be be joining Mark, Kelly, Rumi, Teo on a island hopping boating excursion. But, dangerous boating conditions have changed our plans. The pictures below capture Kelly on their boat Sunday afternoon in Washington and Brent, Dani, Mary, Mark and Samantha on their boat in Maine on the same day– 3,331 miles apart.

Brian finished the bedroom renovation on Monday. Tuesday Sandy and I drove the Chuckanut scenic road up to Bellingham for lunch. It was the first day that we did not see one of the grandkids since we arrived on July 4. Wednesday night Kerry, Sienna and Seba spent the night with us at the cabin. Kerry brought chilli and corn bread. Sienna brought blueberry muffins and cookies. Thursday Kelly, Mark, Rumi amd Teo arrived by boat. They are on a boat vacation traveling around the San Juan Islands. So, they were close enough to drop by on the west shore for roasted shrimp and roasted asparagus. Friday we head east on Hyway 20 for a beautiful three hour ride to Mazama. We plan to stay there until Wednesday morning before heading on to Idaho.

Because of the pandemic this is the first time visiting this area when did not visit the Pelican Book Store in Anacortes and my favorite restaurants i.e., Mary Ann’s Kitchen, Dad’s Diner, A’Town Bistro and Anthony’s. In fact, while we ate fantastic meals made by Sandy, Kelly and Kerry we did not eat any meals at restaurants all month.

Mark and Dan Guemes swag August 6, 2020 62 degrees, cooler with windy day

Pandemic: Road Trip Week 5

The year 2020 is one we will never forget. It started with an unplanned trip to Maui, with two visits to San Diego at the front end and back end of the trip. Then, came March and the Coronavirus. In June we were forced to cancel the planned trip to London, Rome and Paris. In its place we made an abrupt decision to buy a new car and road trip to Washington to help Emily and to get some valuable family time with the three families we see in person least of all. Its been a great joy to spend time with Mark, Kelly, Rumi, Teo, Kris, Kerry, Sienna, Sebastian, Brian, Emily, Fisher and Amaya.

This week is extra-special: Emily will be getting her cast off, replaced by a walking boot, Craig will turn 50 and Sienna will become a teenager.These are all family milestones.

I am not sure how Craig feels about turning age fifty. I think he is OK with the notion or at least accepting of the facts. Sandy and I are reflective. How can it be possible? We have a son at age fifty! Astonishing! Where does time go?

Then, Sienna turning 13 becoming our 5th teenage grandchild, Rumi will be next 8 months from now. So, we our in the midst of week of memories past and present. Great time to place our hands in concrete. They can walk all over us if they want. Just remember, we were here.