Sunday, April 29, 2007
We stayed for two days on Whidbey Island with Joe and Val Hillers. We somehow managed not to get any pictures of Val, which is a shame. I guess we'll have to go back and visit again so we can fix that. We had so much fun! They are excellent hosts, with a fantastic home that they graciously invited us to visit.
I remember spending a week at Fort Casey in the fifth grade - Fifth Grade Camp. Apparently it's still held, because my school was there! I found a volunteer between groups who was dressed in his Korean war uniform. He was giving history talks to each group as they came up. 23 years later, and they still go - wow! I remember how cool it was to stay in the dorms, learn how to canoe, walk the beach, and learn about the fort and the Triangle of Fire formed by Forts Casey, Flagler, and Worden to prevent an enemy slipping past into Puget Sound to Tacoma and Bangor where the naval shipyards are/were.
Awyn wasn't as impressed with sitting in a tractor as Sam was. Sam would do anything Joe came up with. Except eating mussels. Last time we were out to visit, Sam was about Awyn's age, just under two. Val made sure to serve us a meal that had parts for him to eat, and he ate more mussels than any adult did. This time he wouldn't touch them. Awyn did try one, but spit it out. Oh well, more for the rest of us!