Thursday afternoon Trent left for a 23 hour drive to Seattle with my brother Ted. Ted is going there to work for the summer.
Friday around 1pm I tearfully left all of my children at my mom's house and headed for the airport. Originally Henry was going to come with me, but my mom offered to keep him and try to teach him to take formula in my absence and I was very grateful. I was a little conflicted and felt a little guilty, but then decided that I really needed this.
Trent and Ted met me at the airport and Trent and I got a rental car for the weekend. Trent took me for fish and clam chowder on the Seattle shoreline and then drove me to Puyallup- one of the areas he served on his mission. We had a hard time finding a hotel and after driving around a lot we ended up at the Red Lyon in Tacoma. It was nice and had a great continental breakfast with fresh waffles.
Saturday we spent the whole day driving around to all of Trent's mission areas. It was really fun having him show me all the different places and tell me about different people. It was so beautiful everywhere we went. Heading toward Mt. Ranier the road was lined with huge evergreens that seemed to go on forever. In Old Tacoma I got to experience the "Tacoma Aroma" and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and hilly roads. Bremerton was even hillier. I've never been to San Francisco, but I imagine the amount of hills is similar. There was not a flat road in sight. From there we headed to Sequim. It was just a small town but outside of town were beautiful large homes facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When you looked out over the Strait you could see the mountains on the shore of Canada. I've never been that far north before. We ate there by the water at a place called The Three Crabs. Then we headed back south and went onto Bainbridge island. We took the ferry from there back across to Seattle. The ferry was really cool. It barely felt like you were moving even though we were moving pretty fast. The night time Seattle skyline was really beautiful.That night we stayed in the gorgeous Hyatt in Bellevue. We were in an executive suite on the 20th floor, it was fabulous!
I'll review our Sunday in my next post.