Visitors in Abundance

Camp life continues to roll along and we are shocked to realize it is already nearly mid-September. Along with hundreds of guests, we have been fortunate enough to have plenty of our own visitors in the form of family and dear friends. It’s no secret that in large part our decision to return to Oregon to work was the opportunity to be able to spend more time with our tribe and believe me, our hearts are full!

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Our first four guests all arrived on the same day in the form of Ken & Wendy and, surprise, sweet Ryan & Laughlin all the way from Coeur d’Alene. Such fun to catch up on all of their news out of CDA and make a festive dinner for the gang. Sadly, our time with Ryan and Laughlin was short but Ken & Wendy stuck around for another day of fun and good family time.

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Just a few days later they were back at camp for more fun and with two of our very favorite peeps, John & Bertie. Those fun folks only live a little over an hour down the road but we hadn’t had the chance to catch up with them since Baja. The boys headed out mountain biking while we girls made sure to catch up on all of the gossip over some good wine. After guzzling a dozen of bottles, we decided we’d to get sober if we were to find our way back before dusk.

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After a week off, and a trip to Salem to see Jim’s parents and my brother and fam, our next guests to arrive at Bay Point were friends Trent and Nancy. We originally met after Trent shared quarters with Ken on one of his first deployments. Years later Nancy turned out to randomly be my mom’s assigned hospice worker and they now live down the block from Jim’s parents so we, ironically enough, see them more often than many of our friends. They rented an Airstream with their two sweet pups and dinner out at Millers at the Cove was a fun evening out to catch up on news.

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Our Clio peeps Michael & Allison popped in for a very short visit on their route back to California. They just took the job at Seal Rocks that didn’t work out for us and we’ll be excited to be able to catch up with them every so often for drinks and camp news.

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A mere five days later saw the arrival of Dave, Anne, and Max!! We can depend on seeing this crazy crew more often than anyone else and we absolutely adore them. They are our most consistent visitors, our place to live when we’re in Portland, and so much fun! This month marks 22 years since Dave & I started work at GET on the same day…amazing how time flies.

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Six days of fun & frivolity with some work thrown in for us left us exhausted but also energized. The weather turned out to be mostly amazing leaving the options open. We drank some good wine, ate fabulously, and stayed up too late.

We ate out twice but mostly enjoyed just hanging at camp with drinks, campfires, and Aspen & Max at our feet.

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Anne & I kicked the boys’ butts in both bocce ball and shuffleboard tournaments and got to enjoy spectacular sightseeing and sunsets.

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Our next visitors are due next month…just in time for us to recover. Love, love, love you all and looking forward to next time!

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