Thursday, July 31, 2014

An Olympic Adventure

While we have been anticipating the coming wedding, we have also been enjoying the week with Calvin and Sassa.  Sassa arrived from Japan last weekend and Calvin took the week off from work.  On Tuesday, we did an Olympic Peninsula circumnavigation.  We started the day with a quick stop in Sequim to see the lavendar; then we went to Hurricane Ridge and took a short hike.  After a lunch in Port Angeles it was off to Forks and the Ho Rainforest and a hike through the mossy giants.  Then it was off to Ruby Beach to enjoy the Pacific.  At that point it was a toss up for the return trip, so we went south through Aberdeen and stopped for supper.  It was a real pleasure to share the experience with Sassa and see the Northwest beauty through her eyes.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mad Hatter Shower

     It was a busy weekend in Southworth.  The Bulthuis, Bishop, Eide and Rubesh clans converged on our home to enjoy Steph’s Wedding Shower for the women and a boating adventure for the men.  The women had an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hat Tea Party, complete with crazy prompts and unique delicacies.  The men got in the kayaks and canoes, and because of the heavy wind headed for Harper Launch and Park rather than Blake Island; which would have presented an impossible challenge on return to Southworth.  The short route provided enough excitement and helped work up an appetite for a BBQ back home.  Most folks left Saturday evening, but a few stayed over Sunday to help make 400 samosas (Indian appetizers) for the upcoming wedding.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Remembering Mom

Our goodbye to Mom was a slow ten year process that culminated in her passing away last week.  Shortly after my dad passed away in 2004 Mom started to show signs of dementia.  She moved from her apartment to Meadow Green to Silverado Memory Care facility.  We had a good week as a family remembering and honoring Mom.  We even had the opportunity to go to Mt. Baker together and spend some time in Mom's favorite setting.  The graveside ceremony and memorial service at Bethel Church went well, followed by some extended family time at Aaron and Jen's.  The following link made by Aaron and Sue was played at the memorial service.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Mechanic and Mountains

"Let's wait for that repair until I get back from vacation," I suggested.
"Where are you going?" my mechanic inquired.
"Just some exploring in Idaho, to places we have never been in the south central area."
"You should go to Stanley.  It's the greatest place at the base of the Sawtooths.  We go there a lot to snowmobile."
Little did we know that this lead would pay off with so much enjoyment for Esther and I.  We headed out at the beginning of the week, traveling across the northern swath of Washington on Highway 20: North Cascades Highway, Winthrop, Republic, Kettle Falls.  Then we started dropping down the length of Idaho: Sandpoint, Coeur D Alene, Moscow and the surprising tourist trap of McCall.  We had been reading about Stanley for most of the trip and anticipated it as the highlight of the week.  It did not disappoint; in fact it exceeded our expectations.  We stayed two nights, which as you know is an exception for this rambling couple.  We were fortunate to find accommodations given the week of the Fourth.  The best way to describe Stanley Valley is the Teton Valley without the crowds.  The majestic Sawtooth peaks dominate the horizon.  The scenic Salmon River meanders through green meadows.  Redfish Lake is similar to Jenny Lake in the Tetons and Lake Louise in Banff.  The highlight of our time was an eleven mile hike up to Alpine and Sawtooth Lakes.  The Sawtooth peaks towered over the pristine mountain lakes.  The 'popular' trail had a few other hikers, but we felt alone in the vast wilderness. Stanley and the Sawtooths definitely earned a place Bulthuis vacation lore.