NOTE: check out itinerary, the preserves we're going to for the next several weeks, has changed. Soooo if you're trying to catch up to us, we've changed our route and directions.
Yes, it's quite true Dave actually has friends! Jus kidding, but in this area he has a "long lost cousin" and a retired boss (now friend)to visit.
Our first visit was to "cousin" Dan Carey, an employee of Boeing (around here who isn't) and Dave has wanted to meet him for the first time. Last time we came through this area of WA Dan had left for acouple weeks and we couldn't stay around to wait for his return. This time we caught him. We found Dan to be full of family information, he's written a family book for us who like geneology. We thanked him for his efforts of research of the family records and putting together the booklet.
Next we visited, friend Steve Armstrong, Dave worked for him briefly a few years back. Now Steve works for the Dept of Navy at Bremerton. Some of you may remember 19 months ago when we came here after our Alakan trip, Dave & Steve went to lunch in Gig Harbor. Steve moved, didn't like Gig Harbor anymore, so he went to Fox Island. Now he has alot more room for the dogs (Zack & Maggie)to run.
From the first time, driving through this little town, Monroe, we've been impressed with it. It's small, quaint, picturesque and has an "Americana" feel about it. One day we went to breakfast in town on Main St., we'd noticed a neat looking little restaurant, The Hitchin Post. The owners, Searle and Zilda have owned it for four years now and work there every day. We were instantly impressed with the "feel of the place" as it has many murals on the walls. All the murals were done by a local artist, Dave Hose. He owns, The American Light Studio, specializing in murals and commissioned canvas works. The breakfast was excellent and we got the chance to meet Mr. Hose as well. The murals around town are painted by Mr. Hose. You'll see why we were impressed.