You saw us last in Reno, but after a few days of recreation, Barry and I continued driving west. The next stop was Berkeley to visit our friends Julia, David, and their sweet daughter Serene.
Of course, it’s Berkeley
After breakfast together, Julia gathered a bunch of cuttings from her garden; she and I went to a Berkeley plant exchange.
A Berkeley thing to do – a plant trade
Happy gatherers – plants of all sorts
Of course, we went into San Francisco – to the Embarcadero
Barry, me, David, & Julia in San Francisco. I’m prepared with layers – for the weather that often changes in S.F.
We saw lots of basking seals
Golden Gate Bridge on this sunny day
We walked across and back on the Golden Gate Bridge – lovely day
Flowers were blooming everywhere
Dinner with David, Julia, and Serene
Spring on the West Coast
Then we were off to Surrey, near Vancouver, British Columbia to visit our friends Anne & Jim and Mark & Norma.
On the road again
We knew we weren’t in Kansas
Anne – an artist on canvas – and in the kitchen
Anne and Jim have completely renovated what was once a summer cottage. They built cool kitchen storage – and many wonderful features
Beautiful and comfortable living room
Their back deck – off the bedroom.
Anne & Mark took Barry and me sightseeing (while Jim and Norma went to work).
We went first to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Go to: http://moa.ubc.ca The museum has one of the finest collections of First Nations art in a spectacular building.
Museum of Anthropology – First Nations art
Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver
Then we wandered the Vancouver waterfront:
Vancouver – quirky street art
Granville Island Public Market – everything is here
The weather was beautiful – but you can see people were prepared – for everything: boots, ski hat, long sleeves – and shorts 🙂
Spring flowers – of course
Vancouver skyline from the ferry
Mark and Anne, out great guides
When Jim got home, the music started: Barry on harmonica and Jim on guitar
Norma and Mark in the background; Jim up front – a cozy fire going too
I got to stir things up
We took a break to have a lovely meal.
Anne, Jim, and Barry
Anne’s favorite cookbook right now
I want to try recipes like this roasted red pepper & sweet potato soup from the “Thrive” cookbook.
After our great dinner, we had more music.
A friend dropped by and became our guest artist
Anne joined in too – into the night.
Then, we were off to Kirkland, WA. near Seattle, to visit our friend Gail. The name “Kirkland” may seem familiar if you are a COSTCO shopper; COSTCO headquarters are there.
One of our first priorities was to turn our car over to Matson to ship it to Hawaii. After stowing our six months of travel stuff in her house, Gail led us to the correct place. We said “goodbye” to our great touring car – at least temporarily.
“Russell” at the Matson dock in Seattle
We got to stay with Gail for about a week. Of course, we went to Pike Place Market in Seattle.
We loved the little local shops – here a Seattle bakery in Pike Place Market
Craft shops, food, curiosity museums – all there at Pike Place Market
A biker – one of many – along the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle
People watching was great. This guy’s sweatshirt announces, “I sell the best weed”; I can’t verify that claim.
Darling children and dogs everywhere
Spring flowers in the market
Fresh vegetables in the Market
Seattle waterfront: Elliott Bay
Seattle Museum art – outdoors overlooking Elliott Bay
Art along the waterfront walkway in Seattle
The Seattle Space Needle and a Calder sculpture seen from Elliott Bay waterfront
Buds of many kinds
Time for hanging out
Mellow dogs too
More art along the Elliott Bay waterfront
Time to be with friends
Time to smell the flowers
A place to be with your dogs and child – outdoors.
All kinds of art
A rabbit in Gail’s yard
Flowers of all kinds
Beauty in color and form
On Gail’s street in Kirkland; I love the mailbox
A great feast at Amy’s – Gail’s wonderful neighbor
Richard, Amy, Richard, Gail, Tess, and Jai. And yes, there are two Richards, both great cooks, Amy too
Barry was there too, enjoying the celebration
Then it was time to fly home to Maui
Back on Maui with Sigrid and Johnny; we’re happy.
Veggies from our garden
Dinners with friends
Squash – thanks to Paul – from the garden – cooked by Sigrid – wonderful
Liliko’i – passionfruit flower in our yard
Kihei Canoe Club crew sisters: me, Sandi, Joy, Diane, Audrey, Linda, Meryl, and Sue
Paddling strategy – Sue, Audrey, and me
We’re back with our son, friends, house projects, paddling . . .
Sometimes we even have rainbows
We’re happy to be home. But we’ve started planning our next trip.