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A Side Trip to Seattle to Visit Relatives and to See Washington's Capitol

sunny 75 °F

(Friday, Saturday) Two easy days were spent running a few errands and catching up on laundry before leaving for Seattle on Sunday.

(Sunday) My friend, Luke took me to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. There are two terminals there; #1 named the Lindbergh terminal after native son, Charles Lindbergh of flying fame, and #2 named after the late US Senator Hubert Humphrey. As I mentioned above, the purpose of my trip is to visit my 87 yr. old Aunt Sandra, widow of Richard "Dick" Ekins, after whom I was named and to see my two first cousins, Tom Eckert and his sister Marilee Eckert, neither of whom I had seen for about 25 years. After picking up a rental car, getting settled in my motel, I drove to A. Sandra's apartment in Kirkland, WA, a suburb of Seattle to see her and cousin Tom. She insisted on serving us dinner along much conversation, of course.

(Monday) Kirkland is a beautiful up-scale city of 100K located on Lake Washington. The Lake, a fresh-water body is connected by canal locks which allow passage of boats into salt-water Puget Sound where the City of Seattle lies to the west. The Olympic Peninsula and Olympic mountains are westward & to the east is the Cascade Mountain range with Mt. Rainier dominating the landscape.
Aunt Sandra took me on an automobile tour of Kirkland for several hours, meeting up with cousins Tom & Marilee for lunch. Today is Marilee's 62nd birthday so am glad to be here to help recognize that event. She is a talented musician who teaches private piano to a number of students. Her impressive background includes degrees from U of Washington, and Masters from Juliard, NYC. After lunch my Aunt wanted me to meet her minister at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church and to see the beautiful building where she is an active participant. A lady minister, middle-aged of British birth (and accent) has been a friend and pastor to our Aunt for a number of years, and she baptized her and later, officiated at Uncle Dick's funeral. It was nice to have met her.
The day would not have been complete without a visit to gravesites of our maternal grandparents, Tom & Marilee's parents, and Uncle Dick's in Acacia Memorial Park, Kirkland. A tour of Kirkland would not have been complete, either without a visit to the Google campus which is about the size of a small college campus. All the buildings are pure white, looking like plastic building blocks with the familiar Google name in different colored letters on each. The place, which employs hundreds of computer scientists & programmers ('Geeks') operates on 'flex hours' so they come and go around the clock. Amazing amount of brainpower in one place!
Aunt Sandra chose a restaurant on Lake Washington in Kirkland for the 4 of us to dine. Tom, his wife Edith, A. Sandra and I dined in style enjoying the beautiful view. Pan-fried oysters with salmon appetizer, fresh green beans, rice, all washed down with a glass of Washington wine.,,,,mmm, so good.
Tomorrow, Tom and I are starting the tour of the City of Seattle. More to come,,,,,,,,,

Posted by dixter 15:46 Archived in USA Tagged my in first seattle days

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