|Mt. Rainier from Alaska Airlines Window Seat|
"I spent eight years driving to and from this airport every six weeks when I served on the Washington State Medical Commision," I explained. "It it weren't that my friend lives at the top of a twisty mountain road north of Colville, I could probably get there blindfolded." Not that I would do such a stupid thing, I hastened to reassure her, as she handed me the car keys.
|A doe and 2 fauns atop Jane's cement hilltop house.|
I did drive from my house on Pend Oreille Loop to that Spokane airport once, with a broken left shoulder and my arm immobilized in a sling. From my garage to the airport parking structure 76 miles away required exactly six turns, three lefts and three rights. Not quite like driving the Los Angeles and Orange County freeways.
|Chris, Ann, Sr. Sharon, Rusanne, Terri|
On the drive back to Jane's we stopped at the new Pour House Pub, to sample a flight each of the 15 ales and ciders on tap. My picks included from left to right below: Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat,Huckleberry Pucker Shandy, City Fruit Cider and Festiva Peche ale. Jane chose Lost Coast and Festiva, and a couple of other IPAs.Though the Pour House doesn't serve food, it provides free popcorn. There's also a giant jar of animal crackers for anybody with a sweet tooth.
|An Andrew Carnegie legacy in Colville.|
|Colville bookies Jane, Joby, Nancy, Terri, Maggie.|
In retrospect, it's no wonder that I packed on a couple of pounds during this visit, with all the dining out with old friends. I'd been delighted to bump into old Colville Horizons colleague, Ann Van Dielen, and was able to meet her for lunch. Also, Jane and I met friend Nancy Folkestad at Meyers Falls Market's first wine tasting of the season. That evening I had a chance to catch up on the news of the Colville Branch AAUW that I'd enjoyed so many years with. Jane and I also dropped in one evening at the Colville Travel for a South American evening that turned out to be cancelled. Instead, we had a pleasant evening visiting and sipping wine with the proprietor and Jackie McGregor, Colville AAUW friend.
|With Ann Van Dielen at Mavericks, where the bill appears in a boot.|
|Terri, Jane, hostess Rita, Nancy at a wine tasting at Myers Falls Market|
When will I return to Colville? The next time I'll pack my passport and revisit some Canadian haunts as well. I hear the siren songs of Grand Forks, Cristina Lake and Winston.