Friday, March 10, 2006

Touring the states again!

Time to visit the states again, seeing family and friends. It has been over three years since my last visit back home, time to drop in on all my favorite people!

After a nice nine hour flight on an Airbus (I have never flown in one of the newer ones) I arrived in Seattle, gathered my bags and was met by my sister. We stopped in at my brother-in-laws work (Morrison AM) to see the production of StreetRod frames. Even saw the one that Boyd Coddington used on the Discovery Channels program (they filmed part of an episode on location here)!

A stop at Starbucks for a lovely coffee and then we picked up my nephew of 4 yrs old. He is getting to be quite the little man! Every third question is 'why?' and he asked right away if he might come and visit us in the Netherlands!

I helped with dinner (love to cook!), we opened presents (spiderman web shooter went over great) and I helped to put my nephew to bed. Uncle Eric had to read his bedtime story, what a guy! I had been awake quite awhile, from my timezone it was from 0800 - 0630 hrs the next day, so headed off to bed myself.

I was able to sleep 7 1/2 hours so not too bad for the next moring. I wanted to try to get into the local time as soon as possible so have been staying up this morning and hope to chat via Skype with my wife. I will be have to crash out later this afternoon as we are off to a birthday dinner up north of Seattle with my sisters in-laws. It will be a long drive and late night so need to get a bit of energy back before we head out.

I hope to post pictures as they develop on the journy. The planning now is to head down to Portland on Saturday, stopping in at the veterans memorial where I have a tile on the memorial wall. I would like to see that.

Not sure what is happening in Portland, is kind of dependent on the weather as it has been snowing a bit both in Washington and Oregon the last week. More on my next stop online!