We left on Tuesday morning to board a bus bound for Seattle. Once there, we boarded a train and enjoyed a trip through the countryside down to Oregon. We found that we enjoy train travel very much. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try, and we liked the fact that we could get up and move around, get something to eat, visit the restroom, or just stand and look out the window. There were electrical outlets in the car we were in, so Wes was able to watch some DVD’s. I read a good bit, as well as just watching the scenery go by – my favorite thing to do on a trip anyway!
On our 2-hour layover in Seattle, waiting for our train, we met with some old friends who are living there. We went out for lunch together and had a great time.
We had originally planned to meet with two families, but one of them had a sick baby, so they couldn't bring her out (and I don't blame them one bit!), so we didn't get to see the other family. It’s always so nice to visit with those we’ve known for a long time. These were folks we went to church with in Ft. Worth years and years ago. They even bought our lunch for us, since it was our anniversary. Now how sweet is that?!
When we got to our destination, we were informed that our reservation had been upgraded, free of charge, to the honeymoon suite, a 1,000-square-foot suite overlooking the river! We were amazed! This was of the Lord’s doing, because we would have never even attempted to afford such a suite! It had a small bathroom at the front of the suite, a kitchenette, living room, bedroom with king-sized four-poster bed, and a bathroom that was beyond my wildest dreams! There was a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, twin vanity, and even hotel robes for us to use!
One note, if you ever get to use a Jacuzzi tub . . . one capful of bubble bath should be sufficient once you start the jets; don’t believe the small amount of bubbles present when the jets are still off! ;) I nearly got lost in all the bubbles! LOL We also had two balconies overlooking the river, which were wonderful to sit on in the morning or evening, enjoying the scenery.
Our hotel was located across from a shopping mall, so we spent Wednesday morning doing some shopping. Wes got some big/tall men’s t-shirts that we haven’t been able to find up here. I bought matching sweaters for Beth and me to wear for family pictures we’re having made, and we bought some games for our family. Oh, and I can’t forget Bath and Body Works! I bought some hand soaps and bubble bath and shower gel. The nice surprise was discovering that Oregon has no sales tax! Not only did we save money by buying in the US, we also saved on taxes. Here we pay 14.5% tax on everything, including houses and cars. Needless to say, we were thrilled to pay no sales tax!
Wednesday afternoon we spent a few hours walking across the river and through a beautiful park. There was a rose garden there that had almost any variety and color of rose you can imagine! They were fading, of course, but the trees in the park had on their most beautiful colors. We thoroughly enjoyed walking among the leaves and just relaxing together.
We could only stay the one day, so we headed back by train on Thursday morning. We both agreed it would have been nicer to have stayed at least as long as it took us to travel to and from, but we didn’t have the time or money to stay longer. I slept a good bit on the way back, which is normal for me – I’m usually too excited to sleep on the way, but exhausted on the return trip! Wes watched another movie, then he slept while I read some more. We arrived back in Vancouver around 10 on Thursday night, where our friends picked us up at the train station, our kids in tow. It was great to get home again. I think the boys were glad that Mom was home to cook again, and Beth was glad to have Mom back home to relieve her of the cooking responsibilities! All in all, we had a great time together, and we’re looking forward to doing something like that again for another anniversary. My idea is to save up for our 25th and retrace our honeymoon! We’ll see if that happens!