Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

Whirlwind of Activity

Holy cow it’s been a crazy week. But GOOD crazy. Fabulous crazy, really.

A couple of posts ago, I said, “More adventures are on the horizon. Could it involve family, friends, a road trip, airplane rides, surprise visitor(s) , a voyage to another country, a boat ride? Or maybe all of the above? One never knows. I do know, however, that exciting times are definitely ahead.”

In my anniversary post, I meant to enlighten y’all a bit and reveal that we are in Washington, which is where that handsome, pancake-cooking grandson lives. But I forgot. Sorry!

I’m guessing if you follow my Instagram feed, you know — or have been guessing! — where I am. We are in Washington State. Our daughter, Amy, lives outside of Seattle with her husband, TJ, and three kids. Our daughter Shannon and her boyfriend, Chris, flew up from San Diego for the weekend. So we were just a son and daughter-in-law short of having a full house for our anniversary.

The Family

The Family

It was awesome having everyone together for the weekend.

PT_Trip

We drove this route counterclockwise.

Shannon and Chris left on Sunday evening. On Monday, while the kids were in school, Amy and I set off on a little road trip adventure, choosing to take the scenic route to Port Townsend (PT), a historic seaport town on the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula.

I gave Amy the option of a fast, medium, or slow, scenic ride, with me driving, of course. I was very happy when she chose the scenic route, which involved two ferries and a quick visit to Whidbey Island, one of my favorite locations in the state.

It was really, really nice spending the day with Amy. I don’t get to see her much, since we live on opposite sides of the country and all. 🙁

While we were off on our girls adventure, TJ and Hubby went to the Lemay car museum in Tacoma. Then they went to the Army base to see TJ’s boat (he’s a boat captain). The guys seem to have enjoyed their day as much as us girls did.

I’ll share pics and tell you more about PT later. But first, there’s some other excitement.

Amy and TJ had to go away for a few days, so we are in charge of the kids. Which means we need to be here to chauffeur them around to various activities, make sure they eat, bathe, go to bed on time, don’t kill each other, etc. Hubby and I are both working remotely from here, unless something else comes up.

Most evenings are pretty busy. Wednesday (yesterday) was one of the few days only one kid had any place to be (Brianna had lacrosse practice), so I decided to escape for an adventure.

Selfie in Victoria, BC

Selfie in Victoria, BC

I drove into Seattle and took the Victoria Clipper (a passenger-only ferry) up to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for the day.

Victoria is a beautiful city. I took LOTS of pics. But want to know what the highlight of my day was?

Happy hour!

Not just because it was happy hour, but because of who I got to enjoy happy hour with!

Darlene and Me

Darlene and Me

Darlene, aka Princess Scooterpie! We’ve been following each other’s blogs for a few years now. I’d been to Victoria previously, but was traveling with friends so wasn’t able to squeeze in a visit. This time, I was very determined to meet this cool lady in the flesh.

She’s every bit as awesome as I knew she would be. Our time together FLEW by. Hopefully, next time we’ll get a couple of days together, instead of two, too-short hours.

I took a ton of pictures in Victoria. It really IS a beautiful city. I’ll share more when I get back home.

But guess what? Tomorrow — Friday — Hubby and I get to meet some more moto-blogger buddies. I really shouldn’t wish my time away, but I have been looking forward to this for quite some time.

I’ll leave you with this for now…

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Sunset over the Olympic Peninsula

I captured that pic from the back of the ferry as we headed back to Seattle. It was a beautiful end to a fabulous day.

 

7 Comments

  1. Dar's Gravatar Dar
    April 21, 2016    

    It was too short! But I was more than thrilled to finally meet with a kindred spirit of kitsch who likes to meander, take pictures and find interesting weird and whacky stuff just as much as I do! One day you will have to ask her about a pair of socks….. Hopefully sometime soon we will be able to meet much longer and have some fun, because I think it could be very interesting the trouble we could get into!

    • April 22, 2016    

      Good trouble of course. Cool socks and all!

  2. April 21, 2016    

    What a great post! I am so glad you are enjoying the west coast so much.

    And what is better than reading about blogger meet-ups? Experiencing them……….

    Will be interesting to see how Mike liked the LeMay. We’ve been there a few times and enjoy it.

    • April 22, 2016    

      I’m so excited to meet y’all tomorrow, it’s going to be hard to get to sleep!

  3. Annelies's Gravatar Annelies
    April 22, 2016    

    Wow, so glad you get to meet up with so many people! Must be terrific. And another car museum for Mike? 🙂

    • April 22, 2016    

      Yes, it’s been fun. Mike enjoyed the car museum immensely plus he got to tour TJ’s boat. It was a good day out for the boys, too.

    • April 22, 2016    

      Annelies, it’s been awesome, really. I’ve been connecting with many folks — fellow motorcyclists aka moto-bloggers — for years, electronically. We all get to know each other pretty well through our blog interactions, so meeting them in person is an extra-sweet treat, the proverbial icing on the cake. You may actually get to meet two when we pass through Germany later this year. Before this year, I’d only met two, ShyBiker and FuzzyGalore. Both are great people who I really enjoyed spending time with. I hope to see ShyBiker again later this year, too.

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