Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Evening Drive Home From Hood Canal

Hello, Dear Friends, when I left you in my last post
we had spent the day at the 'My Girl Drive-In' - 50's style diner,
 to celebrate Bill and Judy's 50th anniversary and Bill's retirement. 

Ramblin' Man and Bill worked closely together 
for many years and we were happy to share 
this special occasion with our dear friends. 

After the party we took a quick drive over to see their 
new home. 

Judging by the street signs,
we were sure we were lost.........

but we soon found our bearings! 

The road followed the beautiful Hood Canal. 

In between there was peaceful farm-land. 

We arrived at a small inlet and pulled in
to the marina. This lovely community is where Bill and Judy 
will be spending their golden years. 
They live next door to their daughter and husband
and two little grand-sons :) 

How perfect is that?

Here's another view of the marina and inlet. 

Some of the beach cottages along the bay.

I love the little red one :)

There was no traffic or noise except for the put-put-put
of a boat's motor starting up, the slapping of waves, and a few children playing. 

We passed bicycle riders and people walking dogs. 

We stayed for a short visit at their lovely home, 
then all too soon we had to say goodbye, 
with promises of many more visits to come. 

The sun was getting low and the geese 
were looking for a sleeping place
as we started the 3 hour drive back to our foothills home. 

The view from the cottages:)
Western sunsets are long and slow
with slanted, golden rays this time of year. 

It truly looks like a place frozen in time. 

Although, we did see signs of new life. 
This is a beautiful working farm 
with a very lovely farm-yard. 

I can't tell, but I think these might be berries. 

We do see produce at the markets 
marked 'Hood Canal' sometimes. 

This is an interesting, weathered old barn
on the side of a hill. 

All of a sudden, the road turned and started downhill. 

At the bottom, there was a little beach, 
called Norwegian Point. This was once
a bustling fishing port. 

You can see my shadow as I take the photo! 

I love these charming little buildings. 

Beyond the warehouse, you can see Admiralty Inlet
on Hood Canal.

But it was this that caught my eye.....
a cruise ship, and moving at a fast clip, too!

This gives you perspective on how large and deep Hood Canal is. 

I wish I were on it, waving from my balcony!
 Coming from Seatlle and perhaps going to 
Victoria or Vancouver, British Columbia.

Or maybe to Alaska........
Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage.....
Some day..........

But for now I am quite content to be right here :)

There was a charming sandy beach with 
picnic tables and just when I thought it couldn't
get any better at that moment, 
a little pod of porpoises started jumping around!

You can see their dorsal fins to the bottom-right. 

Every time I tried to get a photo of 
their antics, they would be underwater
in an instant - so this is the best I could do! 

I was zooming as far as my camera would let me. 

We sat on the picnic table and watched the ship go by
while the porpoises jumped and the sun went down.

We tried to guess the name of the mountain beyond,
but we couldn't get our bearings.

I believe it might be Mt. Baker near Bellingham.

With the long journey ahead of us,
we reluctantly said good-bye,

But we will be sure to return.

One last glimpse of Mt. Rainier from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
as we leave this watery world and head back to our foothills home.


Thank you for joining me and sharing your sweet thoughts,
fun stories, and lovely memories, dear friends.

I love getting to know you one smile at a time.


In friendship we find nothing false or insincere;
everything is straightforward,
and springs from the heart.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to the 50's at My Girl Drive-In

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are 
enjoying these late August days. Here we have
had nearly two weeks of very hot and dry
weather, with no rain in sight. 

I have been busy watering my gardens, 
staying cool, and also celebrating my daughter Heather's
birthday over the weekend. 

 I am getting ahead of myself, though.

First, I want to share the wonderful 
50th anniversary and retirement party
for our friends, Bill and Judy at 
'My Girl's Drive -In and Museum'. 

Aren't they adorable? And they still look the same 
after all these years, with one daughter, one son, 
and two grandsons to show for it.

They met at a similar 'Drive-in' -
he cruising with his buddies, and she with
her girlfriends! 

Bill was a long-time co-worker of the Mr.
and is very missed since his retirement.

Their sweet daughter and grandson, 
doing server duties.......

Love the old candy machine :) 

This is the diner kitchen.

'My Girl' is 'our song' :)
It was the song we danced to at our
very first high school dance.
I was a freshman. He was a sophomore.
The rest is history......

The menu posted outside at the 'drive-in'. 
Don't you love those 50's prices?

You could pull up to the bays and intercom 
your order and a roller-skating server would deliver it :) 

Today it was 'just us', Bill and Judy, 
their family, and about 75 of their friends, 
so the drive-in service was replaced by 
a buffet. 

Refreshments kept cold in authentic 50's 
coolers and wash tub. 

The buffet utensils and plates.....

Of course, juke-box music! 

Everything is vintage :)

Remember these?

A few of the hundreds of 50's records around the
perimeter of the ceilings.

Love Roy Orbison!

There was even a gas-station on site, although
just for 'show'. Remember those blue phone booths?

Gas pumps used to be so stylish......

Ramblin' Man worked at an old gas-station
as a teenager that still had these old pumps.

He had to turn a crank
on the side to 'prime' the pump!

Here I am in my best 50's
housewife imitation! 
Pearls, cardigan and a scarf tied around my hair. 
My shirt dress has a full-sweep circle skirt. 
Everything is vintage:)
I can remember hanging out with him
 on Saturday nights at that gas-station.

The owner would let me stay as long as I tidied up
the 'office'. He would give me $5 for my efforts.
Good money back then for a teenager!

Sweet memories.

Remember glass bottles from the coke machine?

Somehow it tasted better from a bottle! It didn't
have that metallic after-taste.

At the back of the building, there was a car museum!

Several rooms of beautifully restored 50's gems.

Love those sherbet colors and chrome details!
Check out the white-walled tires, too!

All around the perimeter were 50's memorabilia.

Spiegel catalog.

Ramblin' man in front of a vintage 'Airstream'.

Khaki's and short sleeved plaid shirt.
Men's fashions don't change very much!

It was an honor to celebrate Bill and Judy's
very impressive milestones.

It was a day filled with tender memories
and wistful hopes as they begin
a new chapter in their lives.


Next time I will share the lovely ride home.


And the song,
from beginning to end, I found in
the heart of an old friend.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...
It has not survival value; rather it is one of those
things that gives value to survival.

C.S. Lewis
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