If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you,
I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul.
If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door,
I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more.
If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice,
I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again.
If I knew this is the last time I see you,
I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.
Gabriel García Márquez
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
Every other year, the Logan family gets together over Thanksgiving. Here are some of the people in my life I’m thankful for.
Ashley’s graduation was a great excuse for family and adopted family to get together. These are just a few of us.
While taking family pictures, I turned around and took a picture after the sun had set.
Although the trip was supposed to take nearly fourteen hours, we made a few stops along the way. There were random vista points, a photo op with a sign in front of Taco Bell in Weed, CA, a couple of work zones on Highway 97, and a fun restroom stop in Dorris, CA where we discovered what, when erected, was the largest flagpole in the Unites States. We also stopped at Sunriver (where we recently vacationed) to enjoy milkshakes from Goody’s and pizza from Blondie’s. Mmm… :-)
Fifteen hours later, we decarred. Even though the scenery was beautiful, I wouldn’t want to make that drive every day.
We had a family day today, hiking at the Portland Audubon Sanctuary, visiting the Oregon Rose Garden, and capping it off with dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory on the Portland waterfront. Mmm…
Today, we played put put golf and bumper cars. We didn’t keep score for either activity, just had fun.
Then we went to the pool, a first for this vacation with mom and Melissa (with yesterday getting thundered out). My sore wrist from yesterday’s activities (either starting on the slide or signing my name) was much better.
We celebrated Heather’s birthday (again, or maybe still) at Olive Garden in Bend.
With Melissa in the hospital and Suzi making sure she wasn’t alone, the rest of us made do. We biked, swam, ate, and then visited Melissa.
We were invited to spend the day at Big Lake with family, which of course we accepted. The weather was wonderful, the boating superb, the food delicious, and the companionship even better.