Kathryn took Stone and Eric to Pacific NorthWest for an 8 day vacation. They spent 2 days in Seattle (indoor rock climbing, Seattle Center, Science Museum/Planetarium, Seattle Aquarium, the waterfront and oversized Ferris Wheel, Pike’s Place Market, and up the Space Needle.
They spent 3 days in a beautiful condo (with an outstanding ocean view) on the coast. Several of Tom’s friends had condos there as well, so it was like a big party, complete with cards and games and wine. The condo building had a pool table, so the boys played a lot of billiards. The highlight of the trip was razor clamming which we absolutely loved (and the weather cooperated). It was an absolute blast. With help, we cleaned, cooked and ate the clams too.Kathryn had a lovely birthday Debbie bought a 90 minute massage, then she got to do some laps in their community pool while Tom took the boys to the Museum of Flight. We all then had a lovely dinner (Kathryn had trout).
We were all amazed at the traffic. Everywhere. All day and all night. Expressways just packed with cars. Strip malls and congestion. It was such a relief to get back to the New York State Thruway! And so much development. Tom just moved back to the general area in which he lived during the 70’s. It was “country” but it is no longer….the outskirts of Seattle is literally one city (suburb) after another with no space in between.
The boys got a long very well. Stone was a little overwhelmed and maybe a tad homesick at times, but overall did well. Debbie went above and beyond making sure we were happy, busy and well-fed. The red-eye flight home was tough. Re-entry into the real-world is tough.