Friday, April 8, 2011


Just returned from a marvelous trip to Seattle. My friend, Jan, was celebrating her 65th birthday and her husband, Mike, wanted to surprise her so he sent me a ticket to come up to visit, see the kids and just kick back for the weekend. Jan and her family moved to Montrose, CO the same year that we did and since our boys were the same age and in the same classroom at school they became friends, then we became friends and even though we haven't seen each other in years and years we have kept in touch. I had never been to Seattle and was really looking forward to seeing that part of the US.

We arrived on Friday afternoon to a cold and rainy day so since they live about an hour south of Seattle we decided to stop by their house in Tacoma (they just sold it) and then drive on to Allyn, stop and eat Mexican food and then head to their home on Treasure Island.

Saturday morning started out to be a little cloudy and cold but the beauty of the morning sunrise across the Puget Sound was breathtaking.

Look closely and you can see a little dot on the water. That is a gentleman on his boat. I think that he must have been checking his nets further down stream.

As the day went on the sun came out and even though it was chilly it was a beautiful day.

Loved, loved all her little yard art.

The trees were just starting to show their flowers and color. There were pink and white trees all over the area. Everyday I said I was going to stop and take a picture of some but just never seem to get around to it.

Beautiful flowers were everywhere in their yard.

Mike had also sent a ticket to another of Jan's friends who lives in Rogers, Arkansas (but was raised in Amarillo, TX) so Jan was surrounded by her Texas friends.

After pictures were taken we drove to Seattle to meet Jan's children and their spouses and Mike's 4 children and their spouses for a "grown up" dinner. I hadn't seen Jan's kids for over 25 years and was thrilled to be able to spend a few hours with them. Erin and Steve have changed so much and, yet, not at all.

Erin is adorable and so is her children and husband. She is just a grown-up version of the girl that I knew in Montrose.

Steve on the other hand is totally changed. Gone is his blonde, straight hair and in its place is his long, curly hair (and he says mostly grey). He still has that adorable sense of humor that I loved so much.

The restaurant was amazing and the views from the large glass windows were of the downtown Seattle and the ferries coming and going.

What a glorious sight it was to see the city of Seattle at night (I know my camera doesn't take great nighttime pictures) and it was a wonderful way to end the day. I have more pictures of the rest of my trip but that is for another time.

Have a great weekend.

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