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In the meantime, for a quick recap of our two week vacation on the west coast, visiting our expectant children in Portland, Oregon, where we shopped for baby furniture, and next in Los Angeles, where we perused wedding gear for our daughter’s upcoming nuptials, we dropped more items off our bucket list. Not the least of which was the guided tour of the Paramount Pictures lot, where our future son-in-law works in program development. He was able to set us up on a fun-filled adventure, where we saw the set for “Grace and Frankie,” the stage of the “Dr. Phil” television program, and the Prop Warehouse, to name a few highlights. If you look closely at the photograph the tour guide snapped of my husband Arnee and me, posted below, there’s a sighting of part of the famous Hollywood sign on the mountain.
Portland is still “new” and exciting for us. Along with a repeat run at Powell’s bookstore, we were escorted on a first-time day trip to Cannon Beach. We were awed by Haystack Rock and the surrounding scenery, as well as standing at the nearby historic marker for the end of the Lewis and Clark trail. On our way back from a New York Knicks vs. The Portland Trail Blazers loss, we got to see the White Stag neon sign, which is a City of Portland Historic Landmark. The signage downtown on the White Stag Building, in Portland’s Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, was lit up in all its glory. The most fun, however, was spending Sunday brunch with our children, our niece and her 10-year-old son.
Los Angeles is a “mixed bag.” We have many memories of visiting often, ever since our first trip to California, in 1980. As we pass streets where our aunts, uncles and various cousins once lived, we get lost in thoughts of those special links to our past. With so much wedding planning still to accomplish, this jaunt didn’t allow the time to visit all of our family and friends out west but we got some warm hugs from a few. A major highlight was when our daughter took us to the bridal salon and donned her wedding gown.
Soon we’ll make a visit to our son in New York City and see what sights we can drop off our bucket list in our most familiar vicinity. While basking in the glory of an accomplished and relaxing trip, we can’t help but ponder the family events to come and the new memories we are excited to add.