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Rainier and Yakima

Cory and I celebrated the end of the summer (sort of - it's not the end of the summer but things are going to progress pretty quickly from here, as far as quitting jobs and getting ready to start school) with a trip to Yakima via Mt. Rainier National Park.

We left just before lunch on Saturday and started the trek up north. We took I5 up to highway 12, which runs east-west to Yakima. It was around 3 by the time we got to the park, and it was beautiful - dark and misty, just like a forest and mountain should be. We played around until about 6, and then got going to Yakima, where we had to look in three different hotels before we found a non-smoking room that was open.

In the morning, we opened the curtains to rain! Yay! Except that the reunion was going to be at a park, so I wasn't sure what was going to happen. So we puttered around and looked at the places Cory used to live and he told me lots of stories about his childhood while the rain tapered off, and then we jetted over to the park, which was empty except for a sign that directed us to Cory's grandparents' orchard. So off we went to Wapato.

We spent several hours at the orchard, and had a nice walk with Cory's dad and good conversations with other family members, and then we headed for home. It was a very nice weekend.

I started writing this post on Monday morning. And then things got really hectic at work - my old boss (the controller of the company) gave her notice and I was asked to take over for her. So I've been training my replacement, and haven't even had a chance to be trained by the controller so I'm feeling a little nervous, but she'll be a consultant and is happy to help me out after she leaves, so that will be nice to have someone to fall back on.

I forgot my crocheting at work, so now I suppose I shall clean or something similarly drastic. While I do that, you can look at pictures of our trip, with lots of informative captions!


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Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Crazy...I've been in Saucy Dwellings forever and didn't know you were from Yakima. Were you at the Davis reunion by chance? Class of 94 here.
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Yakima
It's actually my husband's family that we were visiting - he moved around a lot in that area (Wapato, Zillah, Buena, etc.) but I don't believe he even went to any schools in Yakima (he moved to California for high school).
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Yakima
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Kris took me to that stonehenge the first day we met. We went at night, though.

Orchards are nice. Havent been to one for a long time..
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Cory and I stop there pretty much every time we go to Yakima, so I've been there several times. Nighttime is pretty but it's better to go when you can see the gorge I think.

Remember that apple orchard on Powell Butte? (I just wrote Powell Butter.)
Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
I LOVE Mt. Rainier. The only thing I really miss about the US is the mountains. I saw Mt. Rainier (from the plane) when we left to move to the UK and got a little choked up.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
I had a similar feeling when I moved to Minnesota for a year. When my plane touched down over here on my way back, it was so nice to see interesting topography. And trees.

So where did you live besides Portland? Were you in Washington for a bit?
Sep. 23rd, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
In the PNW, I just lived in Portland (near the McDonald's/W. Burnside-area). But I have also lived in King of Prussia, PA (just outside Philly), Cleveland, OH (well, just outside Cleveland on the west side and in the suburbs where I grew up on the east side), and western PA.
And now Scotland.

I did have some friends in Seattle that I visited all the time and, when I had a brief weekends-only temp job, I drove up there every weekend and kipped on my friends' couches/floors. But living in Seattle on weekends for a month and a half doesn't really count. ;p

It's really something, because people from the Cleveland area (and the midwest, really) don't tend to leave the midwest. No one really understood why I left, but then, they don't understand the west coast mentality, either.

Glasgow has a very friendly and relaxed West Coast mentality, I really like it here, too.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm assuming you mean the McDonalds off of... like 18th or something? I was in a little apartment on Everett between 21st and 22nd in 2000 or so. It's a nice little area. I think if I did want to go back to a big city I wouldn't mind Seattle, as long as I lived near where I worked 'cause the traffic is icky.

How big is Glasgow?
Sep. 24th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
When I first moved to PDX, I lived in Goose Hollow (almost right behind the bar!) and then later on Trinity Place, which is between 19th and 20th. Really close to where you used to live!

Glasgow is PDX/Cleveland-sized, although it is the biggest city in Scotland!
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