Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 4-5: Pullman, Washington, Family Visit

August 4

Arrived in Spokane, very easy flights with United--Cedar Rapids, IA, to Denver, CO, and then on to Spokane. Saw a moose off the highway on the way from the airport to Pullman (about an hour and a half drive). Dinner was noodles Alfredo with stir-fried veggies. The night was cool, in the 50's, so I slept well, windows open and lots of fresh air.

August 5

This morning I'll edit my novel and then go on a bike ride. Pullman has a paved trail system for bicyclists that goes through town. I'll be able to ride the trail from where I'm staying to my son's apartment. That will be fun--maybe a couple of miles or a little more.

Rode a bike 6-8 miles on Pullman's bike trails. Got lost 4x downtown when the path crossed streets. Noticed that the bike seat is much narrower than my recumbent's seat (lawnchair model).

The city has a community garden area, and the paved trails provide not only the opportunity for exercise but also a safe means of bicycling in town. The streets are busy with cars, and many roads are narrow because of the hills and the houses built close to the streets.

Came home and took a nap. Must still be getting used to the two-hour time change.

More editing on the novel.

I hope someone will take a photo of Bennie and me. Bennie is a sweet dog about the size of a Shetland pony. I'm sharing the house with him, so I'm glad this canine Godzilla is friendly!

Evening: After dinner, I unveiled the photo album I had brought from Iowa--photos of my son growing up. His girlfriend got to see him as an infant, at school, in sports. There were also photos of his aunts and uncles and cousins, so everyone had a good time and some good laughs. There was even the obligatory baby photo of after a bath. When my son squawked, I told him he should thank me that I chose the one of him on his stomach!

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