Friday, May 31, 2019

Friends, Family and Road Trips

Welcome to Willow's Week!  Here are my Friday Fave Fives for this last week of May.

1.  Meals out with friends. On Sunday, we were at World's Best Neighbor's house hanging out and she asked, "What are you doing for dinner before we all leave for small group tonight?" Our answer was obvious.  "Let's grab some dinner on our way."  Thai spring rolls with lots of peanut sauce = yum!  Monday was Memorial Day and since several people in our Monday night Bible study group were available, we decided to have dinner out instead of having our usual group meeting.  We had so much fun!  The guys sat together at one table and the gals at another.  So much laughter! I love our small group!

2.  Tuesday morning we left on a trip.  Background: my high school was small.  There were thirty people in my graduating class.  So a reunion is not much of a happening.  So this year, five years of senior classes are combining our reunions.  Since my brother and sister-in-law were part of these classes and are on the planning committee, of course I wanted to be there for the party!  So this weekend, we are 'home'.  So looking forward to our reunion!

3.  The trip 'home' is always a wonderful drive.  We travel from mediterranean coastal terrain to high desert to forests and mountains.  I just love it!  When we start seeing the snow capped mountains and fir trees, I know I'm 'home'.

4.  We always try to stop by our 'old' friends.  The husband was (and still is) a professor of English (and was my advisor in college).  Because of various reasons, we drove to their new-to-them home and spent a wonderful afternoon just chatting and reminiscing with them.  I so value their friendship even though I don't get to see them more than once a year at most.

5.  My brother and sister-in-law reserved Thursday for us.  We decided to drive up the Columbia River Gorge.  The fish hatchery just below the Bonneville Dam was our first stop.  Then we drove across the Columbia River to the Washington side and had lunch at Skamania Lodge.  After lunch, we walked the three mile loop around the lake there.  It was a really special time with them.

Our lunch view
That's the Columbia River and Oregon side of the gorge.

Brother and Sister-in-law walking the trail


Faith said...

I love my small group too! But we are on break until Sept although my husband's mens group still meets every monday morning year round. Isn't it great to do life together with others united in CHrist? Glad you had two fun days of dinners and fellowship.

YAY for getting a hike in. that trail looks like a road! So wide!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mountain photos of course.

Enjoy the's finally beautiful here in eastern NY

Barbara Harper said...

Sounds like a lot of great visiting! That's a great idea for smaller classes. My HS graduating class was only 8, and we've never had a reunion.

nikkipolani said...

Wow! An idyllic week of visits and connections and beautiful nature, too.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful scenery. Sounds like you are having lots of fun! Mary

Mereknits said...

Your trip sounds and looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

Gracie Saylor said...

See me waving to you? I'm so glad you have been enjoying good times of fellowship and well as gorgeous scenery. xx

ellen b. said...

Glad you were able to go and enjoy the main reunion and the other reunions along the way!

Susanne said...

What lovely pictures! Sounds like your trip was great!