September 24th, 2011

fun - spinning ball

Festival Japan, the Chinook Canoe and Fun in Seaside, Oregon

Just a quick update -- this was an amazingly fun day!

Marilyn, sister Sue and I spent the day with friend Wayne. He and Sue meet us at our house, then we drove out to attend Festival Japan. I got a lot of great photos (but haven't downloaded them, yet).

Marilyn had heard that William Clark's descendants (as in Lewis and Clark) were going to replace a stolen tribal canoe today to the Chinook tribe. As I've mentioned before, our family is part Chinook on my father's side. Anyway, we really wanted to go and see the canoe, so we drove up to Cape Disappointment and ended up at Fort Columbia (in Washington state). It was an invitation-only event, but they kindly let us go over to see and photograph the canoe. We were all really moved!

Afterwards they even invited us to join their feast, but we declined to crash. It was enough to see the canoe!

From there we headed to Seaside, Oregon, where we had a lovely dinner on Marilyn at Norma's -- great food!

The entire drive both there and home again was a blast, by the way. We conversed and laughed so hard and just really enjoyed the company.

We did play a little bit of Fascination (Marilyn did the best, but we all ended up winning some). We were home by around 11:00 p.m.

Last night Marilyn, Sue and I went to see the movie "Abduction," with Taylor Lautner. Yes, I know it's been getting bad reviews, but we all loved it -- and highly recommend giving it a chance. If you like action/adventure films, or movies that focus on young people, you're going to love this movie. We told Wayne about it, and he now wants to go see it -- so we'll probably all go to see it. We think it's worth a second viewing, for sure.

Watching SNL and enjoying it, but certainly ready for bed soon. It's been a long, busy day!