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|Feb 26, 2023
We took a quick trip last weekend to visit Robert (and the Zaps) in Seattle. While we were there, we checked out the Woodland Park Zoo (they have a lynx). There are more photos in the trips section.
|Feb 12, 2023
When we came back from Christmas in Decatur, Loren and Susan told us it was our turn to keep some of the Williams family treasures.
So we have Loren’s walking stick, which the brothers gave to him at his 80th birthday party.
And the Rivendell puzzle. A custom jigsaw puzzle made from a photo of the Rivendell bed and breakfast Loren and Sarah ran for several years.
The B&B was on a ridge over the Watuga river several miles outside of Boone. You had to want to go there, it was not a casual, drop in kind of place.
With Carolee visiting, we took that down from the shelf and had a lot of fun putting to together.
It’s not a large puzzle.
And does not have a lot of pieces.
But the pieces are carefully cut to make it hard to put together.
And most fun, the pieces are cut into shapes of things important to the family and location: a knife, fork and spoon; a wine glass; a deer; one piece spells out Rivendell.
It really was a fun way to spend the evening, reminiscing with Carolee and thinking about all our parents and others no longer with us.
Carolee came up to DC for a conference and was able to come a couple days early and stay with us.
We had a lovely dinner Friday at our newest favorite local spot.
Saturday, we took advantage of the fantastic weather and headed to Great Falls (Virgina side).
Doug, who saw where we were, asked a good question: why “Olmsted Island?”
I’ll get some of what Carolee found out later wrong, but Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. was on the Park Improvement Commission for the District of Columbia.
So the island just downstream of the the main falls (to the right of these photos) is Olmsted Island to honor him.
Doug’s question, which Carolee posed to one of the rangers we met on our walk, caused him to go, “hmm… I’ve got some research to do.”
Which was fun, it’s often hard to stump a park service ranger.
It may have been mid-February, but it was a beautiful mid-February afternoon. And it was great to have someone to share that fun spot with, to learn a little more history and inspire a park ranger to learn a bit more about their park.
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