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Heading “home”, Day 2

After a very long day driving (most of the time with no A/C), I finally made it to Salt Lake City. My motel was about 8 blocks from Temple Square, so it was an easy walk.



Temple Square is quite impressive. There are many buildings including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Joseph Smith Memorial Building,  the Beehive House and the Lion House. The 35 acre garden is full of blooming flowers. I enjoyed watching  couples having wedding photos taken, and lots of people enjoying the sunshine. The temple itself is so tall I could barely get far enough away to photograph the whole structure. A reflecting pool in front of it adds to the feeling of serenity. There are several historic buildings, including  the Beehive House where Brigham Young lived between 1850 and 1856 when he was Territorial Governor of Utah and President of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and the Lion House next door where he moved his family in 1856.

Assembly Hall
Salt Lake Tabernacle


The Lion House



The Bee-Hive House



Heading “Home”

It was hard to leave Seattle, my friends, my clients, my family. One of the last evenings in town, my friend Becky and I went to Anthony’s at Shilshole for happy hour. It was another gorgeous day. We enjoyed the views, the food and the drinks.


My first stop on the way to Kanab was Baker City, OR. We’ve stopped there before, so I knew there was a good coffee shop (imperative when driving along cross-country). The town has a lot of charm and many historic buildings.



I heard from several people about the Oregon Trail museum in Baker City, and arrived early enough to check it out. It is impressive. I’ve always been intrigued by the Oregon Trail and the people who traveled it. It’s hard to imagine walking all that way and suffering everything they did. They were a strong lot. I can’t imagine leaving everyone I knew and knowing that I’d never see them again.

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Whidbey Wanderings

One of the highlights of my time in Seattle was visiting Whidbey Island with my friends Barb and Ann. Barbara and her husband, Don, have a lovely place on the Island with glorious views of Camano Island, Mt. Baker and the water. The tides were pretty extreme, so we had a great long beach walk when the tide was out. The stairway down to the beach provided some good cardio! Barb fixed a fantastic fish dinner for us. Unfortunately, she had to leave the next morning, but Ann and I stayed another night. We spent the next afternoon in Coupeville – the site of many of our past PEPS retreats. The town has changed, but fortunately not too much!

Here’s the view from Barb & Don’s…doesn’t get much better than this!

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Low tide in Coupeville:

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At the edge of town, we came upon a store with lots of nautical decor…including this amazing bodice, made by the owner’s daughter:

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While looking around Coupeville, we found a new (to us) lavender shop with all things lavender, even lavender cookies and ice cream! They directed us to their lavender farm on the other side of the highway. We stopped by the farm the next day, on our way back to Seattle. They had a lavender fair going on with a few vendors and lots of lavender. The farm is lovely; apparently it all started with 5 lavender bushes! Whidbey’s frequent sunshine helps!

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A quick stop at Deception Pass to check out the rapids and look longingly at the San Juans. One of my favorite places in the Pacific NW:

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Final move & more travel

After returning from my travels to NH, CT and GA, I met Doug in Las Vegas and returned to Kanab for a couple of weeks. It was very hot, so we woke early, hiked, did some yard work and then retreated to work indoors. Our garden went wild while we were gone, so we returned to lots of flowers! The Mexican primrose and Honeysuckle had spread like wildfire and the birds were very happy to have us back. They went through birdseed like crazy.


After a couple of weeks, we drove to Seattle for a 3 week visit. We connected with a lot of our friends and had a lot of fun. One of the highlights was seeing so many salmon in the locks! It’s been years since I’ve seen such a run!


We emptied our Seattle storage locker and drove back to Kanab to unpack and get the house set up, then we left again.

I took a shuttle from St. George to the Las Vegas airport – it was a great way to get there – only $35 for a 2 hour ride! Of course, my flight was late, but I had a good book and the time went by pretty fast. Doug drove to Bishop, CA and started his yearly camping/hiking/climbing month.

I had a wonderful time in Seattle, staying with my friend Ann, seeing friends and clients. The weather was spectacular – one of the best Seattle summers ever. My friend Mary, from CT, came to Seattle to visit. WeI took the Clipper to Victoria for a couple of days. It was fun seeing Butchart Gardens, thoughtit was very crowded (a cruise ship was in town and I think everyone from the ship went to Butchart) and hot.




We had a hilarious voyage on the Clipper – we met a group of people who get together several times a year for an adventure; we all talked and laughed the whole way…in fact, one lady near us came over and asked “are you going to laugh the whole way? If so I’m going to move” (and she did).

After visiting Butchart and walking around the tourist areas, we rented bikes and explored the “real” Victoria. We found a great little pub for beer and nachos (an old tradition of ours), a great diner where we had breakfast, and a super outdoor restaurant with the best fish & chips!






We rode our bikes to Oak Bay – the water views were incredible:




After our return from Victoria, we had great fun touring around Seattle – the weather was beautiful and so many flowers were in bloom. We went to the locks (Mary’s first time seeing it from land) and saw the Chinook (much larger than the silvers, shown above). The Chinook are so large they rarely jump. The fish ladder has holes at the bottom where the Chinook can swim in rather than jumping up the ladder.


We went to the Chihuly Garden, recently opened at the Seattle Center. What an incredible exhibit. As we entered each room, we thought “this is the best” – but the next room was even better! I want to return when it gets dark earlier to see the exterior lit up.


















me and mare at chihuly

Showing Mary around allowed me to revisit my favorite Seattle places. It is such a beautiful city! I never imagined living anywhere else. I look forward to visiting often!