photos.ALBj.net2001 → Washington/Oregon/South Dakota, September 9-19, 2001

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.