Memorable Quotes

Though we can never leave life without experiencing some measure of loss, grief, and pain, misery is optional--as is happiness.

Beverly Campbell

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

Erma Bombeck

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday was a fun day. Regena, Deb and I drove to Anna Lena's in Long Beach, Washington to buy fabric at her sale. We left about 8 a.m. and went over Highway 26. About 10 miles before the Cannon Beach/Seaside junction we were stopped by an accident. The highway had icy spots and had gotten very slippery. Someone lost control and....the rest is history....two cars involved. We sat for about 1/2 hour before we could go on. It did give us time to eat some cupcakes that a friend had sent with us. (Thanks, Jodi!) They were really good and hit the spot. We drove up to Astoria and crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge. I had mentioned to Deb that we had to cross it...twice. Her reply, "I don't go that way!!!" but since she was riding with me she did go that way. More on that later. The bridge is 4.1 miles long and is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. Fortunately for us the weather was good so we had a nice trip.We shopped at Anna Lena's for about an hour and a half. The sale started on Friday so things were kind of picked over but...I didn't have any problems finding some things I wanted. (Be sure to click on the links. There are some great pictures.)

I was sad to realize I never visited this shop before it closed. I could tell it would have been one of my favorites. Karen is very nice and even let us take her picture while she was running the cash register.

We were having so much fun on the way over that we forgot to take pictures so we made up for it on the return trip.

We visited the beach. You could actually drive out on the beach but we were headed to lunch.

After lunch we started back home. This is a picture of the Columbia River where it joins with the ocean. I have seen it from both sides of the river and it is impressive no matter where you view it.

Then....we returned across the Astoria bridge. Did I mention that Deb doesn't like to cross high bridges? Well, I'll let the next few pictures tell their own story.

She covered her eyes only when we got to the real high part of the bridge. She made it and didn't complain! Did I ever tell you the story about the Western Washington Shop Hop, Deception Pass, the floating bridge, the ferry to Port Townsend, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge? That will have to wait for another time. Let me just say.....Deb was on that trip, too!

We had a great time. We stopped and got some freshed cooked crab. Regena said we could get some only if it didn't smell.

I have the best friends. When we are together there is constant laughter and lots of, fun, fun!!!


Karen said...

It was so much fun having you at the shop on Sunday! It was crazy busy but I was having a ball. More empty bolts. Yeah!!!!! Congrats to Deb for overcoming her fear of bridges. Tell her they have an event every year where you can walk (or run) across! Wanna come?

Candace said...

Glad you had a fun time! As for all the bridges you mentioned in WA - have been to all. My favorite is the floating bridge. You know - you could HAVE come farther south for a visit! :) We have a quilt shop in town. hint hint

Carrie said...

I'm glad you guys had so much fun Mom! Good job Deb! We're all proud of you :) You'll have to show me your spoils Mom!

Kelly said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. How fun getting to go to the beach and make a day of it with your quilting buddies.

Julie Isa said...

I'm with her. I'd have to cover my eyes too!