Note: Flickr recently went through a massive server transition, and portions of the service are still being worked on. Among the problems is that mosaic thumbnails on Collections are not visible, which means my primary page here for showing groupings by year are missing those thumbnails. The links do work—only the thumbnails are missing, so you can still navigate into a year to view those photos.
My third trip to Washington State was kind of weird. We arrived just a couple days after September 6—the day my nephew, Riley Alexander Bennett, was born. Of course, a few days after that was September 11, 2001. I remember being woken at 7 a.m. Pacific time by the secretary where I work to tell me about it. Well, we did our best to make the most of the vacation, and I still took a trip to Portland to visit a friend I'd only previously known online.
Since we weren't having much luck with return flights, my parents and I drove all the way home in a one-way rental which turned out pretty nice since we got to stop at Mount Rushmore and Lincoln, Nebraska, where my good friend, Andy, lived at the time.