Week of July 27, 2003Saturday, August 2nd, was the big day for parents Joey and Kim Vincent because their eldest daughter was getting married. The initiation of our journey was prompted by our attending this wedding as part of our trip and we were really looking forward to the occasion.
We did not do much in the morning other than find reasons to not do anything but get ready to go to the 5:00 p.m. wedding. Of course the bride looked spectacular and the groom rather handsome but unfortunately, our camera did not work well with the dim lighting in the room and we only got a few decent pictures. We will say that the wedding was a great success and wonderfully entertaining. It is always a good sign when after five hours, people do not want to leave the reception.
Week of August 03, 2003
Seeing as we all stayed in a hotel near the reception, and seeing as the hotel was somewhat close to a hippodrome, and seeing as we all like to gamble a tad, we could not resist going to Emerald Downs the day after the wedding.
Gerson and I have two completely different systems of betting on the horses. One of us reads the program, the racing form, examines the horse, etc. to choose the horse. The other of us painstakingly views each horse and carefully picks the prettiest one. Guess which one of us uses which method and guess which one usually wins? So, in the 10 races at Emerald Downs we did not have any winners but for the last race, wherein I finally hit an Exacta. I felt somewhat relieved to accomplish that feat because that meant the difference between eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all the next week or actually having a few good meals. After Emerald Downs, I swore off betting on the horses until next time.
We stayed in Shelton a couple more days to take advantage of a family picnic over at Jarrell's Cove on Harstine Island. We also had to get the second of our Hepatitis A/B shots that were due this week. If anyone is thinking of traveling such as we are, make sure you research the immunizations. 10 shots between us is enough to make the needle-squeamish think twice!
We had great fun at the picnic and Gerson ran off on Joey's boat for a bit. Unfortunately, Joey and company did not have much time to fish so that is why they did not catch anything, or so he said (insert rolling eyes here).
We left Shelton on Tuesday, August 5th and as usual, we had a wonderful visit filled with laughter and love and lots and lots of food.
We headed straight for Idaho to stop overnight and get an early start toward Glacier National Park.