Cuteness in Kathi's backyard.
So we've had a great time in Bellingham just like we did in the San Juans and Mukilteo. The ride itself is wonderful but so are the friends we've spent time with (and mooched off--and they let us!). Now we're off tomorrow morning to Portland. Yes. You read that right. Portland. This is apparently one of those trips where you don't really know where you're going until you get there. Nick discovered he needs to make a personal connection with his Portland based job so instead of aborting any part of the trip we're just heading there instead. After all, a 1,000 miles is a 1,000 miles. And we still have friends we can drop in on on the way. Canada will just be another trip another time.
The program last night turned out to be a radio program that was being taped. Sherman Alexi was very good and there were musicians too. Nick, Kathi and I got some delicious paninis and ate them on the lawn while waiting for the show to start. Then Kathi took the bus home while Nick and I rode our bikes back. Tonight we're having another great dinner at Kathi's. She and Nick made their ice cream and Kathi's son Gabe is coming. It'll be a lovely evening to end our stay here. The nice thing for me is that I get to come back for a weekend just a couple of weeks after our trip is over. We have a women's group that meets 2 or 3 times a year at Kathi's. She and I went to see Mama Mia this afternoon. I had thought I wouldn't like it but it was very fun and we've decided we need a weekend something like that for our group. She brought out an amazing pair of bell-bottoms for me to wear when we do. I'll have to scare up an ABBA cd somewhere and we'll all cavort and sing and generally bond. We won't need to do the wedding part though.
Hi to everyone who's e-mailed me. I have to get back to help with dinner right now or I would e-mail each of you. I'll do that as soon as I can. But keep the e-mails coming. It's nice to hear from you. Larissa--have fun at music camp! Gretchen, Kate, Carol, Julie and Kitty--I miss you guys and look forward to walking and eating with you when I get home.
We're going to be in Seattle probably Tuesday so we're hoping Steve and Mical can at least meet us there for dinner. I miss them a bunch. Plans now are to get to Portland, finish the miles on the trail around the city and take the train back up before Mical leaves for school.
I'll post again when we're at another wireless place. I'm not sure if that will happen before we get to Seattle.