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Washington! September 8, 2010

Filed under: Family,Fun times! — teamerickson @ 10:21 am

We went to Washington a couple of weeks ago and I’m just now finished with writing about it! J and I went for my Grandpa’s memorial, and our friend, Johnny D came along for all the family activities as well. 

Thursday night we rode the plane into Washington. Normally this is an uneventful part of the trip. But not this time. First, let me say that the love of my life, J, let me have the aisle seat. I didn’t even ask. He’s a big guy so the middle is really uncomfortable for him, but he scooted right over for me. What a sweet and thoughtful man I have! We took off and were at our cruising altitude when the seatbelt light went off, giving me the go ahead for the bathroom, which of course was much needed. I got up and started up the aisle to the front of the plane when over the loudspeaker I heard something close to the following, “If there is someone in the front lavatory, please wait until they have exited to make your way to the front of the plane. If the blue light is on, it means the front lavatory is occupied. You may not form a line at the front of the plane. Thank you.” EMBARRASING! And blue light? Whoever heard of a blue light meaning something is occupied? I’ve seen the little man and woman symbol with an X through it, and that’s obvious. But a teeny blue light in the upper right hand corner means nothing to me. Whatever Southwest Airlines. So I headed back to my seat to wait for my turn. 

The rest of the flight was uneventful. I read. J read. Our friend Johnny D read. We landed, got home, went to bed. 

Friday we were greeted by beautiful weather! It has been a HOT summer in Denver with temps in the 90’s, so it was nice to cool down to the 70’s and 80’s for a few days. We had my grandpa’s memorial service at Paradise on Mt. Rainier. It was a good time to get together with everyone and honor grandpa’s life. 

Mom, sharing about her dad.

Auntie Jennie sharing about her dad.

Me and Johnny D playing a couple of Grandpa's favorite hymns.

The family.

My mountain

Johnny D showing off his jumping skills. This picture reminds me of the song, "Believe it or not, I'm walkin on air, I never thought I could feel so freeeee...."

Mom's homemade carrot cake, decorated by yours truly.

On the way back we stopped at the Scalehouse for a mountain blackberry shake. It was a necessity, trust me. 

That night we walked to a local Mexican food place, and on the way we saw an old friend – Steve Samples. We used to play soccer with his daughter. It was crazy! He’s running a brewery where people can go in and actually MAKE their own beer. So we stopped by on the way back from dinner and everyone had a pint or two, except of course for me. 

Saturday morning we walked to the local farmer’s market, which is the biggest market I’ve seen in a long time. We ate breakfast at a local coffee shop down there and then wandered around for a while. 

Then we headed back to the house to go to a family reunion on my mom’s side. They are very proud of their Slovak heritage on that side, which means we always do a Slivovitz (plum brandy) toast before everyone leaves. The stuff tastes like rubbing alcohol and it burns all the way down. But it’s fun to yell out “Nastrovia!” as you toss back, so that makes it all worth it. Of course, I did not imbibe, but I did have a teensy taste of J’s. Still tastes nasty. 

Also, I have to note here that my smooth-talking Dad got a fragile 86 year old lady with a cane to take a ride with him on his Harley. It took him about 30 minutes to convince her to go, but he wouldn’t give up till she said yes. We could all tell she was really nervous to get on the bike, but she was smiling and laughing when they pulled back in. Dad just wants everyone to have a good time. And he will use force (actually threatened to withhold her dessert if she didn’t go) when necessary. 

That evening we met up with some old friends, Skippy and Nicole. We had a blast hanging out with them! We spent the evening laughing and joking at the house with my mom and dad. And Johnny D finally got to try Rainier beer. This isn’t something to aspire to, of course. But when in Rome… 

Johnny D, Skippy, Nicole, Me, J

Sunday morning we went to Gravelly Lake so Lee could get in a good barefoot skiing session before he headed back to Vegas. It was so cool to see it in person! 


This is how you start when barefoot skiing. Feet hooked in the rope, but skimming on the water. Looks pretty uncomfortable to me.

Lee barefooting along the water! It was crazy!

Jo and Lee and Johnny D headed to the airport Sunday afternoon because they all had to be back at work the next day. J and I just lounged around with mom and dad that night. Mom made a delicious chili for dinner, and J insists I try to recreate it weekly now. 

Monday Dad went to work. J, mom, and I went to Babies R Us to check out their gliders. J and I got a little extra money and we thought we’d take mom along to spend it. We ended up buying a glider there and doing the alternate store pickup back home! We got a much nicer one than we originally thought we could get, but it will be well worth it for all those nights of rocking baby to sleep. 

We tried out a fun local restaurant named Marcia’s for lunch. I can’t remember what happened after that. 

That night we decided to take mom and dad out to dinner for being such great hosts, and we brought their friends Bob and Lynn along for the fun as well. We went to Katie Downs and ate some good food and had a few drinks. I had a few drinks of Sprite. 

Tuesday morning we got up, packed, and headed for the airport. The flight home was much more uneventful and I can’t even really remember it. 

What a fantastic trip home!  It was so good to see all my family and even a couple of my friends! 


One Response to “Washington!”

  1. Dad Says:

    Thanks for the great article of your visit to Washington. My pictures a stuck in my computer until I get it back when we get back from HI. I have your new list. Grandma and I will look online. Mom

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