This has been the best summer ever. And we just got back from the best trip to Seattle ever!
We started it all off with a party to celebrate my parents’ 45th anniversary. We decorated Mom’s backyard with lights and flowers and it all looked so twinkly and pretty. All four of us kids were home for the occasion, which was a big treat. Even the rain that was threatening never materialized. All in all it was a great night and a good time was had by all!
After the party we managed to squeeze in some time with our friends Dierk and Katy at her family’s cabin near Hood Canal. It’s really nature-y out there so we got to see all kinds of cool wildlife, like the geoduck (that’s pronounced “gooey” duck for those of you who aren’t familiar with this clam with a long neck that sticks up above the surface of the sand) farm down the beach, clams Dierk dug right out of the sand, cool purple starfish, tons of sand dollars, and sea puppies (aka, seals) lounging on a swim platform sunning themselves. Dierk got a geoduck from one of the farmers and barbecued it for us one night for dinner. Scary though they may look, they do taste delicious—and apparently can bring as much as $150/pound in Asia. Dierk and Katy are even growing their own oysters (which we got to sample in a pasta that Rich made for me and my mom when we got back to my parents’ house and they were delish). Aside from communing with nature, we spent a fair amount of time drinking beer and shooting the empties with bb guns. Always good times with Dierk and Katy!