Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Road Trippin', Fam'ly Visitin', Fun Lovin'

We took, yet another, cross country trip.  This time en route to our new duty location - Korea!

START Enterprise, AL (Aug 8-9):  We left our apartment at 8:45am as soon as we got cleared to leave.  And we drove, drove, drove - 16 hrs the first day & 14 hours the second day with car camping at a gas station in between.

Uintah, UT (Aug 9-15):  Lots of visits with friends and family - always with food!  I left my little car, the Dappled Grey, in Utah to be sold.  So sad!

Dayton, NV (Aug 15-18):  Aaron's parents drove from California to take us around to visit the rest of the Wolcott siblings.  It was very kind and good of them!  Oldest sister, Deby, lives in Nevada with her family.  It was the first time I got to meet Aaron's nephews.  We spent the days at Lake Tahoe - hiking and kayaking (but no swimming for this girl; the water was freezing).

Sisters, OR (Aug 18-19):  Sister Kathy goes on a camping trip with her in-laws every year, same time, same place.  A gorgeous place at that!  They were kind enough to let us join them for an afternoon/evening/morning.  We got to meet the newest of the Wolcott bunch - Baby William.  He is only 4 weeks old and camping like a champ.

END Portland, OR (Aug 19-21):  We were thrilled to be with Robin for a couple days too - at the campout and in her hometown of Portland.  We visited the city, went to a gorgeous mansion with lovely gardens, went underground at the Shanghai Tunnels, and ate at the most expensive and fanciest restaurant I've ever been too.

The gateway to the west.  Arch in St. Louis, MO

A&A with Emma Kennedy.  One of our favorite friends from Alabama.  Now in Utah.

What a good little car!  I will miss the Dappled Grey.
This car has taken me from UT > NH, all over New England, NH > UT, UT > AL for flight school, AL >NH > AL over Christmas, and back from AL > UT. 
A&A with Grandma Taylor.  Isn't she cute?

Amy and baby William (Kathy's baby)
Aaron and Waylon (Kathy's).  He will be a good dad some day!

Preparing breakfast with Shirley

A and A, happy and feeling dirty from camping

The crew.  Top> Amy, Aaron, Travis (Kathy's husband), Pat, Shirley, Baby William
Bottom> Serenity (Travis' oldest), Robin, Kathy, Waylon

The Wolcotts.
Kathy, Robin, Aaron, Pat, and Shirley
Portland, OR

Robin took us to a very unique ice cream joint, Salt & Straw.  Bone marrow, coffee and bourbon, honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper.... just to name a few of their flavors.
I am eating two flavors - olive oil and pear with blue cheese.

Beautiful gardens at the Pittock Mansion in Portland, OR

The gate keepers house at Pittock Mansion

Can you see that receipt?  It was the most expensive place I have ever eaten and this was 50% off.
But it was yummy!

And we are off!!  See ya America.
One way ticket to South Korea please.

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