In mid-October, Kara and I took an extended weekend trip to the lands of the far Northwest for a pseudo reunion, pre-Christmas gathering with Kara’s folks, brother (and his family) , grandparents, and other family in the Bellingham area.  With much luck, it did not rain for the entire weekend.

The trip began by us uniting with Josh, Teresa, and Silas in the Denver airport, from which all of us had the same flight into Seattle.  Once we arrived in Seattle, we rented a ghetto mini van and made our way up the coast to Bellingham where the folks and grandparents were awaiting us.  The first evening was mostly spent around the dinner table and living room, just catching up and talking.

Saturday was the first big adventure.  After breakfast, all of us (well, not the grandparents) drove up to Vancouver, BC, Canada.  After crossing the border, the beautiful, forest lush, rolling ‘mountains’, turned into wide-open farm lands.  The transition is very similar to going from the foothills of Colorado to eastern Colorado.  When we finally made it into Vancouver, our first order of business was lunch.  We found a nice little park with a picnic table across the bay from airport.  Silas enjoyed watching the planes take off and land with such close proximity.

Next, we made our way to the downtown area and over to the famous Stanley Park.  I’ll tell you what, this park alone is worth going back to Vancouver.  It is a 1,000 acre lush forest park with hiking trails throughout, various visitor attractions and parks, ginormous trees, and a fantastic view of the city.  Our brief time there was enough to convince Kara and I to return for vacation some time in the future!  Next we trekked to China town, which is supposedly one of the largest in all North America.  We walked around a little, stopped for coffee, and finished off the evening with an authentic family style Chinese dinner.

Sunday was a day for family time.  Breakfast again, church together, and lunch at Denny’s with the Kara’s Aunt LeAnn, Uncle Ken, and cousins Amanda and Brian.  To say the least, Denny’s wasn’t prepared for a group of 11 people to suddenly show up when the restaurant was already full!  To their credit, they graciously opened the banquet room to seat and serve us.  Afterwards, we made our way back to the farm for a couple of hours together for family pictures, play time, carrot ‘harvesting’, laughter, etc.

That evening, we went to visit Ed and Goldie Karber, who are close family friends.  They took us for a drive through their quint little town of Linden, took us out for coffee at the local joint (NOT STARBUCKS!), and finally out for ice cream, which had been promised to Silas.  It was a pleasant evening and good end to the weekend.

Below are a several pictures from the trip.  Enjoy!