|Sasha & Alicia|
|Darci & Friends|
|Our Turn to Feed Aaron|
|House on Lummi Island|
|Zoe & Palmer|
|Willows Inn Birthday Dinner--Darci, Barbara, Sasha, Henry, Alicia, Aaron, Zoe, Jeff|
The summer started in Seattle where attended the memorial celebrating the amazing life of our dear, departed friend and partner in our first house in Bali, Steve Bremner. We spent time with our Seattle friends and then drove and took the ferry to Lummi Island in the San Juan Islands where we had a (almost complete) family reunion. We stayed at a beautiful and perfectly situated house on the Island and celebrated the birthdays of Darci, Zoe, Barbara, Aaron and Alicia at the now famous Willows Inn where Aaron is the Sous Chef and has helped in putting the restaurant on the international culinary map.
|Willows Inn Kitchen|
After hangin' and chillin' in Seattle for another week or so we decided to drive for the next two months and take advantage of the invitations to stay with friends.(Aren't you the lucky ones.)
First up was up a stop in Eugene, OR for a meal with a friend from Bali; then south to Oakland (staying and sailing with Vickie & Kenny--who will be visiting us here in Bali very soon); Marin County, where we partied with Isa and Terry and their amazing -looking mother; had dinner with Michele in Sausalito; and a wonderful BBQ chicken dinner with my sister Joan & husband Steve at their golf club in Walnut Creek.
|Barbara & Vickie|
|Ken & Vickie|
[Much to my chagrin and disappointment I took very few pictures in the Bay Area, but made up for that omission afterwards.]
|Dinner with Fran|
|Mark, Gita & Barbara|
We went to Crestone, CO to spend a night with Gita and Mark and were amazed by this small, funky town nestled against a number of 14,000 peaks. This place is a throwback to an earlier hippie era, replete with organic food stores, meditation retreats and all the tie dye you can wear.
|Palmer Serrano Alberter (Our cucu--grandson)|
|Jack, Brenda & Barbara|
|Cherilyn, Barbara, Linda, Andrea|
Back to Colorado with Zoe, Palmer and Eli fora fun-filled night of camping near Vail before we flew to New York and a week on Staten Island with Barbara's sister, Alicia.
|Camping with Palmer, Zoe & Eli|
|Pool in South Hampton|
|Coney Island Fireworks|
|Me with Alicia on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk|
|My Sister Paula & Stephen|
|Old Fogeys--Steve, Tommy, Hank, Vinnie, Joe|
Holy Moly! Did we do all that? Yes and more, because after New York and many museums and Ellis Island and a Reuben sandwich at Katz's, we went back to Lakewood, CO for more fun with Palmer, Zoe, Jeff & Eli, then a long drive back to Seattle and
a final few days with Sasha, Darci & Aaron before the flight to Bali. WHEW!!
It was crazy, but fun and good to see so many people and talk, talk, talk.
So, now we are back in our house, which survived the summer months with all the guests coming and going, except for some minor work that we have since taken care of.
Peter and Annie Hall, our friends from Northern England were just here for two weeks and they had (I sincerely hope) a pretty good time. Well, we certainly had a good time showing them around.