Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Journey Continues

19 Feb 2010 – The day around Gig Harbor was lovely. It was so nice to move around in a light jacket without freezing. Uncle Wayne showed me around their lake place gardens and out buildings and I saw many things I knew Ellen would be interested in from a kiln to a waterfall and a potting shed.

We had a late brunch cooked by Aunt Helen assisted by Tian, consisting of eggs, bacon, toast with raspberry preserves, juices, coffee and a beautiful view of Puget Sound and Vashon island across the way from us.

Afterwards Uncle Wayne and I went into his office overlooking the harbor, a spectacular view. After a quick Skype session with another adoptive parent for Taiwan, back in Ohio, we went to take a look at their new boat at anchor in the harbor.

On the return to the parking garage, seeing Mt. Ranier in the distance was picturesque and thus needed recording!

Wayne and I returned to the beach house and Helen, Ellen and Tian returned a bit later after picking up items we had forgotten. They also did the tour Wayne and I had done that morning. This was followed by walks up the beach, while the tide was still out but not finding many shells they returned. Later in the afternoon, near sundown, I too took a walk along the beach.

Supper ensued around 630. Nearing the end of supper a cousin of Ellen's, Gretchen, stopped by. We had not seen her since the summer of 2000 so it was nice to see her again and briefly catch up before we left for the airport.

We arrived at the airport around 9 pm to discover once through security, which was a comparative breeze after Atlanta, that our flight would not leave until 12:50 am. Setting up station on a row of seats I was able after some frustration able to send off a couple of emails before boarding. While doing so though we saw a family who was going on the same flight. Tian wondered if they were adopting also, as I believe she thought if they were American going overseas, why else would they be traveling to Taiwan? So I struck up a conversation with them. They were flying with their daughter to Taiwan enroute to the Philippines to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. He is a network engineer for the Federal government.