Our vacation started at the airport. I am always amused watching the kids wheel their rolling luggage, a gift from Aunt Mi-Mi, a seasoned traveler.
Portable DVD players are a lifesaver on vacations. While at home, we keep them stowed away and out of sight so they are an exciting surprise each time we travel. We had two, 2 1/2 hour airplane rides, then we did a lot of driving while there. Dan and I could actually have an entire conversation! Amazing!
For me, the highlight of our trip had to be our visit to Mount Rainier. It was so beautiful. Truly breath-taking.
We also visited the Little White Church of Elbe, Washington. A national historical monument now, it still displays its 1906 inscription, "E. Luth. Kirche".
If "peace" was a place, it would be the Tacoma sunsets. The trees were towering over us, silent and still. The lake was as smooth as glass. The colors of the sunset painted the sky. There was a chill in the air. It was quiet.
Yes, it was the definition of peaceful. The peacefulness quickly dissipated as the kids started being kids -- running, playing, being generally noisy. But we soaked it up while we could.