Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coulee Dam Anniversary 2016

Saturday we took the drive back to Coulee Dam.  We were just here last weekend, but there's nothing like small town America on the Fourth of July, especially with friends.  Totally worth it.

The 90 mile drive took us 3-1/2 hours.

The reason?

But I've really begun seeing the area with new eyes.  We used to drive to Spokane and back for one long Saturday trip to do school shopping, make Costco runs, pick out basketball shoes... I guess after a while we hardly even noticed the surroundings.

You have to admit it's beautiful.  (Though personally I'd be ok admiring the beauty at 60 mph.)

Whim doesn't just stop and smell the roses.  He stops to smell them, photograph them, and watch them grow.  He's teaching me to slow down, which, in part, is what this trip was all about.  I'm getting there.

Saturday was our 10 year wedding anniversary. Like every couple, we've had our ups and downs.  But we're moving forward together.  This time traveling as a family, with no work responsibilities and very few other obligations, has been so good for us.  I think we'll come away from this year more connected than ever.

We had time Saturday, thanks to A, to celebrate together, just the two of us.  And there's no other place we'd dream of going than the P's own Siam Palace.

It is, hands down, the best Thai food I've ever had outside of Thailand.  It may not taste exactly the way the dishes taste there, but he's found a way to make very delicious alternatives.

We weren't away too long, with our rascally boys back at A's house.  But we stopped on the way home just long enough to pick up the ingredients for a little treat. The boys' first root beer floats!  They were a hit.

Happy anniversary to us!

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