On our 20th anniversary we started this tradition with a trip to Asheville, NC. We laughed, we explored the area, we narrowly avoided being sideswiped on the freeway in Atlanta, we ate, we drank Dom Perignon, we listened to TJ slam the screen door multiple times very early in the morning while we tried to sleep in, we got to know each other much better and we vowed to do it again...and again. Some years we only went as far as another city in Georgia, some years we visited new cities in the U.S., a few times we visited the other couple at their home and some years we travelled to foreign countries. We have missed a few years... but not many. In the years we did not take a special trip we would see each other at one of our kids' weddings or just a random visit and count it as our anniversary trip.
|17 years ago|
|Who are these youngsters?|
Tea rose at the International Test Rose Garden in Portland, Or
and the theme of the trip!
|I could not take enough pictures, they were absolutely beautiful!|
|On a clear day... we could have seen forever!|
|Yes, we hiked up to the bridge, why not?|
Saturday was the rainy day. How does one spend a rainy day in Portland? Wine tasting... why not? Our driver, Roberto, chauffeured us to the Willamette Valley and we did our best to visit the most scenic wineries and taste some delicious pinot noirs and pinot gris. It was tough work but we were up to the challenge!
|Glad we all brought our rain jackets!|
|Beautiful....even in crappy weather!|
Our last day started with donuts and ended with a sunset on the beach. One of the most perfect days ever! How could it not be with two of my favorite things in life? I seldom indulge in donuts anymore because I can't stop at just one and more than one is just a road to Weight Watchers. I do make exceptions and Blue Star donuts is an exception. Their donuts are not just your garden variety donuts. They have flavors like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Real Maple and Bacon, Lemon and Lime Curd to name a few. I wanted one of each! We ordered about 10 and shared them all so we could try the interesing flavors, why not?! The perfect way to start the day.
|They sit and wait...calling my name!|
|They are so LOUD!|
|Lunch with a view...and purple beer!|
|There were glimmers of hope on the horizon|
|And then there was just haze and clouds....|
|Aren't they cute?|
So without further adieu
Anatomy of a Sunset
|The clouds are breaking, I have hope....|
|See? Just wait!|
|Hang on, I see blue sky! Ignore that cloud bank on the horizon.|
|This is our album cover photo, Odd Man Out.|
|I am highly encouraged by this sky! |
The low tide really was a photographer's blessing!
|They are wondering if I "really" am going to wait for sunset...|
or can we go now?
|Good things come to those who wait!|
|Thanks for waiting!|
|Perfect end to the perfect day!|
|It was a lovely evening and worth the wait....|
at least for me!