This is the visit portion of our Summer Vacation.
Something that I usually don't do all that well at. But....
Lolli's Mom's house. Shoreline, North
Lolli gets on the phone and starts planning all
the visiting she is going to do with her relatives plus planning trips
with her mom to buy shoes, visit the doctor, trips to Value Village
and the Salvation Army. I talk her and her mom into letting me
borrow the keys to the cabin at Elger Bay on Camano Island. I do
a quick overnight visit to my Brother and Sister-in-law and then beat
feet for the cabin. E-Ha!
I know the Volkswagen camping group, known as the
WetWesties, are holed up at Camano Island State Park this weekend and
swing by for a look. I see various ingenious ways of hanging up
Here are two of about eight
vehicles. Great bunch of folks but I wimp out and head for the
cabin, down on the bay.
I stay at the cabin eleven days straight!
What I call... Perfect!
Various relatives come up on weekends to enjoy
the cabin but during the week I have the place to myself. I
scrape and caulk and repaint the windows for something to do plus take
a daily swim in the bay and a walk up the hill to the store and back.
Read my books.
Of course there were mussels and
The second week I am invited to go flying with my
son Jeff on a Tuesday evening. He is scheduled for a night
flight with an instructor along.
"The back seat of the Piper Warrior is available
if you want to go".
" Heck Ya!"
We leave the Auburn Airport at
8:00 in the evening and fly to Friday Harbor.
I sit in the back and keep my
mouth shut and watch our route progress on my laptop screen using the
DeLorme Topo software with my Garmin GPS plugged in! The photo
on the left is my laptop screen. The green line going from the
lower right diagonally up towards the upper left is our actual route.
We have just flown over the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station!
The photo on the right is Friday Harbor.
We land, park, and walk into town for
sandwiches. Then back to the plane and, since it is finally
totally dark the night portion of Jeff's VFR training can commence.
Jeff flew us to Bellingham, did four stop and goes, then returned us
to Auburn. We got in at 12:30 AM! An excellent trip!
Lolli got in a lot of quality time with her mom
and visits with her family. I visited my brother and
sister-in-law one more time and then both Lolli and I went to the
Puyallup area to see my daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren.
We had dinner and watched "Finding Nemo" with the kids, spent the
night in the Vanagon on the street in front of their house. In
the morning my son Ross and wife Kerry invited us all over to their
house for breakfast and a grandbaby photo shoot.
Here we have, left to right,
Taylor, Caleb and Kian. Grandson Lane had other important things
to do and couldn't be part of this photo op.
Ross mentioned that there is an all electric
Fly-In at the RAMS flying field so off we go to that. There is a
good turnout of club members and a great variety of electric powered
At 1:30 PM we said our final