on the gad

In coffee on October 24, 2016 at 2:57 pm

we hear the train whistles blow every day here. last week i followed my sister onto a night train bound for oregon. we hurtled through a night and a day with a voice from above cajoling, teasing, admonishing, and cuddly ishmael in the aisles herding passengers and maintaining order. on the menu: lost souls, odd pairings, and kind strangers. travis shared the last breakfast croissant with me and raphael from switzerland approved of my plans to retire to zurich.

sister-sister

train

wanda planned the trip, made all the travel arrangements, and brought me a peppermint striped umbrella. and packed my raincoat. it rained a lot in salem. every day. never travel without a grownup. the plan for our three days there was no plans. other than finding gus, the last baby, and sharing meals. coffee dates too. the very best goodie i had was jean’s oatmeal cookies. jean runs a b&b enthusiastically just a few blocks from gus’s college. she enjoyed the challenge of working around all of our dietary peculiarities. in between guests, jean can be found climbing mountains on her bicycle.

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govcup

bistro

giant

gus is lovely. so lovely to be able to picture him in his new natural habitat now. lovely hugs. he was lovely when we lingered a day longer than the other parents. i attempted imitating his lovely posture and stride and have sore muscles for my trouble. we discovered lovely restaurants, museum, bookstore, and vintage antique store. i don’t want to talk about the apple pie. the stream running through the college has ducks.

college

garden

polarbear

much

trip began and ended with the love & support of eldest brother and eldest daughter chauffeuring and fetching us. also wanda and i have grown accustomed to being fed lavishly. i hear a train hooting across town right this very minute.

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  1. Yay!

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  2. Brilliant! Marvelous! Intoxicating!

  3. Salem Oregon (?), state capitol and home of Willamette University, where my oldest granddaughter is a junior, although in Leicester, U.K. for this semester. Salem is a trip, like being in a time capsule. Did you go down by the river?

  4. yes! nephew gus showed us the raging river in the rain.

  5. Hi Tanja,

    Sorry we didn’t have a chance to meet up with you in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago. At least we had a good pizza catch-up with Kim.

    So glad y’all had such a happy trip north into the stormy weather and didn’t get blown away other than with each other and the yummy food.

    Unc Dave and Aun Sue

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