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Seventeen Years

Ahhhhhh yet another year has passed of wedded bliss with my sweetie. We put another notch on the anniversary pole. There are now seventeen notches logged. This was my year to plan the secret get away and I had a tough time figuring out just where to take my girl. After some serious pondering, I came up with the idea of a ski weekend might be fun. Since the Winter Olympics had just been held in Vancouver/Whistler, that destination was discarded as an idea. After doing some research and putting out some feelers, a buddy of mine gave me the idea of taking the train to Whitefish, MT and skiing there. At first I thought that may be to far to go just for a weekend, but after checking into it, it looked like a great idea. On Friday afternoon we hopped on the Amtrak Empire Builder and away we went. Debbie has been on Amtrak before, but I hadn’t and neither of us had slept on a train. I had booked a sleeper car which was nice, but very small. We had to sleep in bunk type beds that brought back memories of childhood. Along with the sleeper came dinner in the dining car! I was very impressed  with the quality of food on the train. Sure beats airline food any day! Then came sleeping……oh boy! Debbie had chosen the upper bunk which she later regretted as it was small, hard, and had no window to look out. She got little sleep and I didn’t fare much better! With all the rocking and noises and whistle stops, I mostly watched the clock and tossed.

We arrived in Whitefish early the next morning bleary eyed but ready to start our adventure! We got shuttled to our hotel, the Grouse Mountain Lodge, which was a big beautiful lodge right on a golf course. There would be no golfing on this trip as there was still snow on the ground. Even though it was early morning, our room was already ready so we could head right up and get freshened up. Even though we were dead tired, we decided to head up to the slopes for a half day of skiing. After a quick breakfast, we got the shuttle and headed to Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort! It was beautiful and the weather was gorgeous, warm, and not a cloud in the sky. It was a perfect day of spring skiing and we had a blast. We skied pretty good for not having much sleep, but once we got back to the lodge, we didn’t last very long. The next day we put in a full day on the slopes then went into town after we were worn out. Whitefish is a very cool place surrounded by mountains and lakes. As we usually do when we visit new places, we think we might like to live in them and Whitefish was no different. This place has possibilities for a future place for us to land after retirement and could be a target on our six-year plan as Debbie will have 30 years in the State Retirement System and can throw the working world away! We plan on a return trip to spend more time checking things out.

After walking around town and grabbing a bite, we headed back to the lodge and readied for our trip home. It would be another all nighter on the train again and we had a plan. Deb took the lower bunk and I had to suffer above. We headed to the lounge car and had a few adult beverages to get us happy and tired. When we were ready to crash, took a couple of Tylenol PM, shoved in some ear plugs, and hoped for the best. It helped, but we still only got a fitful night’s sleep but managed to get up before the last call for breakfast. As I type this back in our warm cozy home sore, tired, ready to sleep in my own bed, I realize I won’t get to posting the pictures on our Flickr page until sometime later, so I won’t even post this until I do. It may be a few days before you even read this.  It was worth every sore muscle and every hour of lost sleep and another anniversary memory to never forget!

Many New Pictures Posted

Wedding

Wedding

San Antonio 2009

San Antonio 2009

At Best Friends

At Best Friends

Have a look at our photos from our recent vacation. Click each image to go to the album or just go here for our complete Flickr Photo Page!

Much News – Good and Bad

 

I guess I’ll start with the bad news first. We finally had to put our last cat Simon to sleep August 27th! He was a real trooper though and lived longer than our vet said he would. He went through two thyroid surgeries and had progressive liver disease, but was a real good guy right to the end. It is very sad not having him around and I still catch myself looking for his little “accidents” when I come home and then realizing I won’t find any! Now we are pet less for the first time since almost the beginning of our marriage, which is over fifteen years. The house is very empty and quiet now without them around. Even so, I think for the time being, we will take a break from having a pet. We will still miss our kitties!! We also said our goodbye’s to our good friends the Hillstrom’s as they left Snoqualmie for San Juan Island. We have known them for many years, enjoying Packer games, dinners, holidays, and many good times. Although we won’t get to see them as often as in the past, they are still close enough to keep in touch and visit. They are definitely living the good life at the Island!!!

 

Now with better news, Alex and Mo are now hitched!!! They got married August 16th at a beautiful location called The Olsen Mansion. It was a beautiful ceremony and Mo was a gorgeous bride. Many people showed up from all over the place. Cousin Nick came in from Texas, Donna and Chris came from La Center, even our old friends the McEvoy’sdrove in from Roslyn even while they had visitors at their house. The only down side to the day, it was hotter than the surface of Venus that day. We were all dressed to the nines in 90  plus degree heat and it was miserable. But bride and groom made it through and are now beginning their new lives together! They honeymooned in San Diego and are now back with Mo ready to begin her new career as a teacher! I set up a photo album at our Flickr page and you can check it out here. We have been pretty busy and I have been putting some long hours behind the wheel of the bus, so I’ll leave it here and bring more news shortly!

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