Tag: travel

Ruth’s birthday in Spokane

Gay threw a party for her mom’s 80th birthday in Spokane. We picked the kids up from school on Friday and headed to Spokane, beating the rush hour traffic out of the city and avoiding any traffic on Snoqualmie Pass making it a smooth drive across the state. We checked into the Davenport Grand Hotel at 8:30pm, had a late dinner and went to bed.

Saturday

The birthday party started at 1pm, we stopped at Costco for flowers, Sweet Frostings for cupcakes and then set up for the party at Prospectors Bar & Grill. The party went well, lots of old friend showed up, Gay gave a nice speech and I think her mom had fun.

We had dinner at Downriver Grill with Amy & Chad and Jon & Megan, who were also in Spokane, but for a funeral. We later discovered that the restaurant was in the same location that Gay’s step dad’s butcher shop was in 40 years ago! The kids went over to Amy & Chad’s house to hang out with Leo, Kaki and Emmarie.

Sunday

The original Davenport Hotel has an old school Sunday Brunch. We invited Gay’s dad and aunts but they decided not to go. That was a mistake because the brunch was amazing! In the atrium there was Bloody Mary Terrie making crazy Bloody Marys four at a time that were impossible to pass up. Gay got in that line as we were seated. The hostess walked us by all the food stations and explained what everything was while Gay waited in the Bloody Mary line where Bloody Mary was making . The food was all buffet style and our champagne glasses (and the kids’ sparkling cider glasses) were always refilled automatically. There was so much food including pork bellies, prime rib, made-to-order crepes, waffles, pancakes, fruits, omelettes, eggs, Eggs Benedict and a dessert table with a chocolate fountain the kids dipped strawberries in.

Bloody Mary at The Davenport Sunday Brunch

We walked around downtown Spokane a bit, the kids rode the carousel at Riverfront Park.

Gay and Havana met her mom and her mom’s friend, Ginny, for a beer somewhere near her mom’s house. Later, I took Hudson and Eva out to dinner at Table 13, the hotel’s restaurant, and Gay and Havana met us there just as Hudson and Eva finished their dinners.

Monday

Gay met her friend, Lisa, from high school for coffee and I took the kids for breakfast before picking Gay up and driving home.

I’ve always dreaded coming to depressing Spokane. This was the first time I enjoyed the visit. The Davenport hotels are great, there are more good restaurants than ever, it feels more diverse and less redneck than it used to be.

Deception Pass

We packed up the Basecamp Friday and soon after Havana got home from school we left town for Deception Pass State Park. Traffic was bad all the way to Marysville so we didn’t get there until after 7pm. Jon and Megan and Emmarie left later and got there at 8:30pm. We were neighbors in slips 306 & 307. The last time we were here was over 12 years ago when Gay and Megan ran a marathon.

Jon and I went to the Deception Pass Bridge for some drone videos and photos — I flew the drone under the bridge and then over the bridge:

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Flying the drone so far away, sometimes out of sight, and over water made me nervous given how my previous drone was hard to control and ultimately died in water. But the Mavic 2 was perfect.

Barley needed a seat after a long walk:

Havana wanted to sleep in the tent with Gay so I got to sleep in the Basecamp with Hudson and Eva both nights. I really like sleeping in the Basecamp. The Discovery is still great to drive.

Anticipating rain, I picked up a Caddis Rapid Shelter 10’x10′ canopy at REI Thursday evening. That was easy to setup, feels very sturdy and worked great over the camp site table to keep the rain off us. That’s going to be nice to have!