Catching up with the Lambs
Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
3Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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When you only spend a few hours with someone, you don't expect them to pick you up at the airport, house you, and drop you off at a ferry terminal more than three years after you met. But that’s exactly what the Lambs did for us when we arrived in Seattle.
To be fair to the internet and technology, we have actually become pretty close since we met in Venice in 2006 waiting to get into the St. Mark’s Basilica. They have inspired our own travels, and we have motivated them to keep written records of their trips (look them up on this Travelpod site). But mostly, Ron and Nancy have become the kinds of people you hope to meet while traveling: the types of people with whom you share stories and learn about each other’s families and become friends in the truest sense of the word, all based on a common bond of desire to explore and know about other people and places
We went out to a local seafood restaurant for some great conversation and an amazing lobster Pernod chowder that, as Ron said, could have been dessert. We went back to their place and sat in a woodsy, library-like room and drank local beer, talked about travel and family, and even heard stories from the eruption of Mount St. Helen’s (complete with a sample of the ash that fell over the region). And we are both very grateful for the hospitality and the short visit we had with the Lambs.
In the morning we drove into the downtown area and Ron dropped us off at the ferry terminal. It was Seattle, so I guess we had to have a little more rain. We boarded the hydrofoil for our trip north and also had some coffee.
We only had 11 hours from landing until our ferry left the next morning, but I was still excited to go to Seattle. I am always excited to go somewhere new, and I’ve never been to Seattle. I was equally excited to reunite with friends we made on our extended honeymoon trip in 2006, the Lambs
They were generous enough to pick us up at the airport and open their home to us. This despite only having met for approximately 2 hours almost 4 years ago in Venice! We enjoyed a local Seattle dinner and while Chad sampled a local brew, I found a great local organic wine! We caught a glimpse of the Space Needle from their house in the pouring rain, and stayed up well into the night conversing.
We enjoyed a cup of French-press-like coffee and Ron drove us to the ferry early the next morning. We took another quick glimpse of downtown Seattle and of course, the Space Needle. It never stopped raining in the 11 hours we were there… but this is definitely a place we’ll go back and explore!