Days 7-9: Aaah, Home

On these days we spent a lot of time with family doing assorted family things.  It’s always great being back where I grew up and even better to be back there with Jim.  There are just a few things I’d like to cover here:

Our standard view out of the windshield

1)       Jim and I are apparently the DroughtBusters.  Not only has there been precipitation – including snow – every day since we left on this trip, we’ve been bringing precipitation to areas that have not had it in quite some time.  Just about everyone we talked to about the weather in western Washington gleefully told us, “Oh, you should have been here earlier, as this has been about the most beautiful summer and fall we’ve ever seen!  In fact, we haven’t seen the rain in months!”    And they would be saying this as there was a torrential downpour going on just outside the window.  Yes, we get it, the weather was beautiful for the months leading up to (but not including) the days of our visit.  Fabulous.  For you.

2)      Kent has grown a great deal in the past couple dozen years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how it reminds me of how I envision Havana, Cuba.  There are cars on the road in and around Kent that the rest of the country hasn’t seen in years, and I’m not just talking about Isuzu and Saturn here.  When is the last time you’ve seen a Mercury Grand Marquis?  A Toyota Tercel?  A Ford Grenada?  A Geo Prism?  An AMC Hornet or Pacer?  A Dodge Dart?  Anything made by Datsun?  Go to Kent.  They are all there, and not being displayed on Sundays as antiques.  These are being used as a daily ride and going strong.  Every time we notice one we just smile and whisper, “Havana.”

Get the fritter or the buttermilk. You won’t regret it.

3)      There is a tradition Jim and I stringently follow every time we are in Kent, and that is to call in to Happy Donuts up on the East Hill.  We stumbled upon this absolute gem a couple years ago and will dream of either an apple fritter or a glazed buttermilk.  Let’s just say the majority of the reason we come to western Washington is to see family, of course, but a strong minority of the reason is Happy Donuts.   That link, by the way, is to their Yelp listing so you can see we’re not the only ones.

4)  Lastly, I’d like to thank little A and B of the L Family for your patient, cherub-like behavior during breakfast on Sunday.  You both sat there so quietly, which allowed your parents and us to spend our oh-so-brief quality time together chatting up a storm.  It is always wonderful to catch up with dear friends and we wish we could see you (and all of our PNW friends) more often.

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