I met Patty Bernhardt and her husband Larry for breakfast this morning at the ever so aptly named Tommy’s Café. Patty is Tim Sullivan’s mother and Rory Sullivan’s grandmother. I knew her only from her internet connection with Sandy. She is 85 and I only wish I am half as sharp as she is when I get to 85. She has been the mother to 7 children and after spending this morning with her I can understand why all the kids would be smart and successful. Other than motorcycles, she and I share a huge interest in airplanes. She even put a new stop on my trip plan – to see the Spruce Goose again at the McMinnville air museum near Salem, OR. We had a delightful meal and she, Larry, and I talked about everything and anything. The time just flew by and soon we were outside taking photographs and exchanging hugs and handshakes. It was such an enjoyable visit that I have to think what a gathering it would be with her and the Lipana family!
The rest of my day here has been spent trying to catch up on this blog – which I have now done. And packing up to leave in the morning. I will stop by and see Roger in the morning and then head down to Mount St Helens and then on toward Portland and Salem.
I did not get to visit everyone in the Seattle but the folks I did see certainly made it worth the trip.
I have truly as they say, “gone around the bend”, well, not in the way that some of you might think – I have reached the Fourth Corner and turned left…