15 Days in Motion – July ’19

Hawaii to Portland to NYC…

Amazing candy shoppe in Hilo, HI.
Yes, we did try a few things!

So….. we decided it would be The Summer of Recovery for our lovely Maribeth, but also for the whole family as we pass through a very difficult season of learning, sorrow, endurance and patience.

So as food and the sharing of it has been a binding factor helping us move through this time, we have also found that our summer calendar was building to a crescendo of movement across the country! A Big Vacation had been in the works for awhile, and with the generous offers from friends and family to take care of pets and other loose ends while we were in and out of 620 for several weeks, we set out.  We never thought it would be such an amazing journey as it has turned out to be.

First, we ate our way across the Big Island of Hawaii, starting on the plane (Alaska air, always!) with whatever the kids wanted to eat – and they willingly obliged! Great salads, protein plates, bahn mi sandwiches even. We were all 5 together in adjacent rows, eating our way across the Pacific, headed toward Paradise. MB had been to Hawaii once before, 30 years prior, but this would be a fresh experience for the whole family for a week of Airbnb and then the Fairmont, swimming, snorkeling, beach time, and especially eating together 3 times a day for a week.

After Hawaii, it was 3 days in Portland looking at colleges for Imogene – oh, there IS good food in Portland, then back home for one day of rest and then another flight – this time East – for MB and Peter to eat their way through a 4 day City tour of New York City with two very lovely and longtime friends. Food, jazz, bagels, Statue, pizza, Bridges, french food, Parks, pastries, oh man…


One goal of it all was for Maribeth to relax, but also to work on her vocabulary… We think it worked, but it was also maybe a bit much in a tight window. We all got tired at times – of movement, communication, compromises, all of the things that make looking back so much better than the frustrations at the time.



Flower Tiki gods protect us!
Acai bowls all around
Ooooh, Imogene’s favorite: pineapple, chicken, fried rice
Mai Tai’s, of course. 
With feet in the warm sand…9 pm
Recovery feels so right,
with music on the luau deck


Stairs, L & C campus
Lewis & Clark college view from President’s residence
George Fox College campus
Longest single-span wood truss bridge in the U.S.
Willamette U.
The Creek at Willamette U.
Echinacea in bloom, George Fox
Sculpture, Flora, Meier at G. Fox
The Blue Bridge at Reed College

New York City

…with Mark and Kate!

Oh, we loaded that beauty to the gills for Terry and the Kids before we took off for NYC!
A cool night of jazz at Dizzy’s Club in Lincoln Center, Columbus circle by Central Park
Good jazz, great food, fantastic friends to share it
Oh there’s nothing like NYC bagels. Believe it
At Bryant Park. Home if the bpbitw. (Best public bathroom in the world)
Sushi eating sushi. Because it’s so good
Food. Friends. Food. Sharing exceptional time together.
“Crossing the Bridge” with MB
It’s a long walk, but beer and pizza await on the other side…
….at Delaroccos! So worth it.
4 glasses, 4 friends, many cheers…and a short vacation together, worth every minute

In between getaways, MB and I do a little s-h-o-p-p-i-n-g, as the Pet Shop Boys sang… In our new favorite grocery haunt. Did I mention she is working on that vocabulary list? What better place to do it than Central Market in Shoreline?!? Ahhh, just a little together-time 😘🍓

“Avacado”….”Sweet potato waffle fries….” …etc, you get it. Y-U-M. Central Market, yeah. Better than vocab flash cards

These are a few of our favorite things!

Published by pjefood19

I am the husband and father of a lovely family of 5, living in the Greenwood area of Seattle. We are all recovering from the effects of encephalitis having struck our lovely Wife/Mom. We are coming along, together, to recovery in many ways. We have been broken, but not destroyed! Finding our bond of love through cooking and eating together, and with friends, we will recover, stronger together than before!

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