Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Days Twenty-one and Twenty-two

Sunday was Dan's birthday. In the afternoon we had a game of dominoes, which has become a family tradition. I think it's the first time we played the entire set from 12s down to blanks in one sitting. In the evening Dirk & Tracy, Dan & I went out for dinner to Waddell's, which had been featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," one of Dan's favorite TV shows. We ate way too much, but it was all delicious. When we got back the kids had a party for him with gifts, brownies and ice cream, and an incredible tiara!

Dominoes game

Rube Waddell burger -- basically a Reuben on a burger patty
Lamb-strosity - Guiness-braised lamb shredded and topped with cheese, served au jus
Jasmine sewed the balloons onto a headband!
After we had gone to bed there was a lot of commotion in the neighborhood, including fire engines. A car in the alley behind the house had caught fire and burned part of the garage. The fire fighters kept it from spreading to the garage where Dirk has all his recording equipment.

Morning fire wreckage from our back yard

Monday morning we hit the road about 7:15. We enjoyed the scenery, passing the Coeur d'Alene lake again, mountains opening to wide Montana valleys, crossing the Continental Divide. We made it to Billings, MT, where we are spending the night.

Heading east out of Spokane

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