26.06.2008 - 05.07.2008 19 °C
So, next I found myself back in Port Angeles
.. it just seemed the right thing to do, I had planned 4 days in Providence & Mystic then 6 days in New York. there were some transport problems wih Amtrak which would have made that difficult so I decided to toddle off to PA instead and come back to NY. One near disaster on the way, I was last off a commuter shuttle plane at La Guardia, baggage is dumped off pretty quick so One of my bags isn't there ! I'm checking with the Baggage Desk and the guy is originally from India , when he hears I'm from NZ he is dying to talk cricket (1 Day series NZ v England on) but
He held off telling me the good news about the NZ victory until he had done all he could to find out about my missing bag. Turns out there was a similar one still there and some guy on the way to JFK to fly out to Brazil had taken my bag by mistake !!! With 30 minutes left before everything closed down he sheepishly turned up at the baggage area with my bag .... Phewwwww !
I had to check with Londi that she was around and that I could stay there (all ok), but we decided to surprise Heather (almost spoilt the surprise by cutting & pasting the wrong message to Heather .. but Londi saved the bacon explaining it away) . So I turned up at their work 15 minutes before she was off home and there is a classic photo of her dumbfounded look.
Friday Londi's hubby Paul was off work and we took their grand-daughter Naomi up Hurricane Ridge on a gorgeous day. Black bear sighting on the way up and Naomi had a photo op with Park Rangers .. so if her singing or acting career doesn't come off she might be a Park Ranger. Naomi was a constant companion for a few days, a great kid and totally devoted to her grandparents Londi & Paul for the special love and care they have given her
Had the usual great times and photo expeditions that I had got used to last visit. The trip out to Neah Bay / Cape Flattery was impressive scenery. Another day I hopped on a bus and looked around Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls. Had a tour of Port Angeles which has an interesting early 19th Century history, effectively having it's business district raised up one level an impressive engineering feat almost 100 years ago
I was supposed to get back for a few days in New York but it didn't seem long enough to do what I wanted to there .. so I decided to extend my Port Angeles visit to include 4th of July. A lot of that night was spent lying on a trampoline drinking, laughing hilariously and watching fireworks !
All in all a great decision (the best of my trip) to come back and then to also spend extra time with my special friends.
One near disaster .. my passport decided to jump out of it's hiding place and fall in the most hidden place in the bedroom ... almost like it didn't want me to leave .. only discovered it was missing as I went to check in at PA airport .. fortunately the flight was a 1/2 hr late .. Heather was with me fortunately and we zipped off on the search, couldn't find it at home, was ringing restaurant, supermarket etc, where we had been earlier that day and about to return to search checked in bags again when the 3rd search revealed it. Big Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
I'll be back )