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November 12th, 2010 | in Friends | Leave a comment

Besides hiking, we enjoyed meeting up with friends, mostly while enjoying food or wine or both :)

We went to Dim Sum at Top Gun in Issaquah with some friends that we try to do that at least once a year (they do it once a month, but we are not in the Issaquah area that much ūüėČ ). Thanks Joe, Pat, Steve & Grace for letting us be part of your Dim Sum party.

We enjoyed taking over Vicki & Dave’s kitchen (several times) to make dinner for them along with Jim & Allison. We always have a great time visiting, enjoying the food and trying new wines.

Dave and his nephew, Phillip, helped out when we needed to replace the electric toilet in the RV. Jim ordered a new one and had it delivered. Dave & Phillip came over to help take out the old and install the new, Thanks!

One of the¬†walks I do, would be leave the RV park in Issaquah, go up and over Sunset Rd and down towards “downtown” Issaquah. Once¬†I got down there, I decided to head on over to the Issaquah fish hatchery; I had never really been there to visit. The fall chinook salmon were just starting to come back to spawn, so there were quite a few salmon in the creek. It was very interesting to learn more about the migration.



November 12th, 2010 | in Friends, Scenic | Leave a comment

 Jim and I spent the month of September in the Seattle area visiting with family & friends. One of my biggest pleasures was being able to go on the Thursday morning ladies hikes and to walk/hike with Allison on the other days. I would walk/hike anywhere from 3 miles (walking trails/sidewalks in Issaquah) to 11 mile hikes (Rattlesnake Ledge/Ridge). Boy did I feel it for a few days after each of the Thursday hikes, but it was well worth it. Saved my behind once we got to Utah in October :)

The Thursday Ladies are: Rhonda, Vicki, Leslie & Jennifer (thank you for letting me hike with you!) and on the off days, Allison :)

Hikes that we did:

     


Here are a few pictures from the hikes:




November 12th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment
 A couple more pictures of Ava, a month old now.


Sean with a sleeping Ava

Sean with a sleeping Ava


 

Me & Ava

Me & Ava




November 12th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

There were a few other things that went on… we went to Bill & Wynter Franzke’s wedding (extended family :)


Wynter (Hite) & Bill Franzke
Wynter (Hite) & Bill Franzke


 

enjoyed an awesome sunset in Hayden, ID


Sunset colors
Sunset colors

 


saw this fun Semi-truck on our way to Idaho: Go Beavs!

 


Best Dressed Semi
Best Dressed Semi

 


and we got a few new pictures on the update to the wall being built at our house in Livingston.


 

 Garden wall in Texas


November 12th, 2010 | in Family, Friends | Leave a comment

After leaving W2, we headed over to the panhandle of Idaho to visit with out friends Bob & Kathy Bolam, and to also visit Lisa and our grandkids, Julie, Nathan & Jacob.

It’s always a fun time in Idaho, we visit, we hiked the Mickinnick Trail, went to Silverwood theme park, and visited some more.

Kathy, Bob & Jim

Kathy, Bob & Jim



Looking down on Sandpoint

Looking down on Sandpoint



Jim & Lisa on the Lazy River

Jim & Lisa on the Lazy River



Lisa & the boys while hiking

Lisa & the boys while hiking



Enjoying a little lunch at "The Dive"

Enjoying a little lunch at "The Dive"



November 12th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

We welcomed a beautiful new Granddaughter on August 3, 2010: Ava Lynn Waddle, 7 lbs 4 ozs 19 1/2″ long. We didn’t get a chance to meet her until Sept. so more pictures coming :) Sean & Kerry are the proud new parents.

Beautiful Ava

November 12th, 2010 | in Wine & Wine Tasting | Leave a comment

You know how much we love, love, love Walla Walla and their wine… we stopped there for a week on our way to visit family & friends in Idaho. I can never say enough about W2, we have made so many friends and enjoy so much great wine that we keep going back.

Here is a few pictures from each of the wineries that we tasted at during this trip. We went to some old favorites and tried a few new ones too! The new wineries are coming up faster than we can taste at them :)


here is the list of wineries visited this trip:


On the last full day of our visit to W2, we finally made it out to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. It was very interesting to read about the massacre and to visit a few of the graves. History is so very interesting!

November 12th, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

The big event for August was Jes & Zach’s wedding. I was able to participate in many pre-events, bridal showers, dress fittings, checking out venues, etc. But finally, the big day arrived.

They got married out at Jenkins Estate, it was a beautiful venue, the wedding was just perfect in a small garden outside that made it very intiment. The reception was in the main building and outside in the back for dancing. What a great time was had by all!

Congratulations Zach & Jes Beckwith!


 

 

 

November 3rd, 2010 | in Family | Leave a comment

As many of you know, my family has been camping at “Cow Camp” since I was 4 years old… that is a VERY long time :)¬† The entire family (all 4 generations) still look forward to this week every year.

It was a little tougher this year, my Mom wasn’t there (since we lost her in March), so it was a different type of camp out, but still really good. Some of the family couldn’t make it, they were busy with their jobs, or getting ready for a wedding (my niece Jessica), but those that could make it, were there with bells on their toes. There were still about 35 people at the largest dinner or breakfast during the week.

Putting together a menu for 7 days, doing all the shopping for breakfast & dinner foods (everything is made from “scratch”) and providing a few goodies and some lunch stuff (hotdogs or sandwiches) makes for a lot of work, but, oh, so, worth it. For breakfast, we swap back & forth from pancakes to french toast, always have scrambled eggs, and some type of meat, bacon, ham or sausage.

As for dinner, things like fried/grilled chicken, clam chowder, steak & potatoes, pot roast, pork loin, head the entree list. Then there is some type of bread/roll/biscuit, a green salad or fruit salad, and some type of other vegetable. No one goes away hungry. The last night is left-over night, you get to pick & choose your favorites if there is some left-over.

Here are a few pictures from a full week of family, food and camping :)

November 3rd, 2010 | in Beer Tasting, Scenic | Leave a comment
I talked Jim into heading over to the beach for a week. I love the beach and we just don’t make enough time to really visit. I crammed a LOT of stuff into our week, but still, some of the best times are just walking along the waves in the sand.
     
We actually walked to Mo’s along the beach, did a lot of people, wave & kite watching as we walked. It was a good thing, because we needed to burn the calories to enjoy the clam chowder :)
 
We also visited Depoe Bay, Newport, & Pacific City, tasted and drank a lot of beer, shopped and enjoyed a lot of great seafood. We love seafood. While in Depoe Bay, there was a boat with fresh caught crab, I couldn’t pass it up. We enjoyed every bite in several forms.
      
   
pictures can tell you a lot more in fewer “words” than I can; so come along on our beach trip via pictures.