I haven’t figured out how to only post once a week and not give you extremely long posts with a smattering of unlinked topics and pictures :). I may have to rethink this once-a-week thing, but for now—
One of Jeremiah’s attendings mentioned that he had a log cabin built on 1200 acres (!!!!!) in eastern Washington, where he had just finished building (as in, with his own hands) a two-story cedar barn. Don’t you wish you’d been there to see Jeremiah try to not squeal with excitement? He told me he played it really cool and didn’t invite himself, but we managed to end up there two days later. 🙂 You can’t start talking about vast amounts of land and cabins and expect us not to show up.
Jeremiah asked me early in the trip, if I was ready to call it “The Most Beautiful Drive” we’d ever taken, and I told him to hold his horses. We’ve taken a lot of beautiful drives lately. However, after driving by this aqua colored river for about 15 miles, rushing over boulders, through evergreens and scattered deciduous trees–I told him to pull over for some pictures, because he was right.




Even in cloud cover, without being able to see the tallest mountains, it was still the most beautiful drive I’ve ever experienced.

Now don’t think we weren’t feeling a little anxious about the potential awkwardness of staying overnight with Jeremiah’s boss, who he just met. What if the girls were unruly? What if we didn’t have anything to talk about? What if Dr. Wagner didn’t think we would actually take him up on his offer and now he was dreading us coming? How much food do you show up with so as not to be a mooch but also not look like you’re making yourself too at home? I was a little short of breath when we arrived…. …
All for nought. Dr. Wagner immediately engaged the girls and crawled up into the loft to show them their special beds in the air. He’s one of those people who has done a little bit of everything–riding a motorcycle across the Middle East, a fellowship in China, a honeymoon on his ’67 BMW motorcycle… And then he’s a dreamer and an idealist–always thinking of ways to improve spines and third world countries and energy consumption…

What I’m saying is, it was sort of my ideal evening 🙂

We drove a different way home, to see what lay on the other side of the mountains. And we found lots of apple orchards.

We stopped for some hot apple cider and pumpkin doughnuts, and the girls found their friend Mater

Random insert–Mary Aplin turned three on the 13th!!!
And she hated every minute of it. I made pink and green cupcakes for her class (at her request). When we walked into school and all her friends cried, “Happy Birthday Mary Aplin!!!” she lifted her dress above her head and hid between my legs. The rest of the day she refused to talk to all the well-wishers on the phone and just grunted at everyone who wished her a happy day. She is a funny little bean, but we still can’t get enough her. She adds a lot of spice to our life 🙂
This weekend we went with some friends to a pumpkin farm a little south of Olympia.

The pumpkins were a bit picked over, but the apple fritters, OHHHHH the apple fritters!! We stood in an hour-long line to get them, wondering what all the fuss could possibly be about. Boy, did we find out! This is as close as I could get for a picture without someone eating my camera.

There was also a petting zoo.


Pace’s gentle nature and tender heart was right at home.
Tenderness does not come quite as naturally to the Dapples…

“Why is this horse attached to a stick? This is not nearly as fun as Popon’s farm. I can make those horses run wild. Get me down. I need more action.”
I’m always glad to act as her interpreter.
Happy week! Sorry for the randomness. My Dad is coming in town today, and we have quite the little double birthday party planned this weekend. See you next week!

13 Responses to “Come Away With Me”

  1. Darby says:

    Me first… Abby your post brought happy tears to my eyes… the trip looked SO awesome… I love the cabin, the drive, the apples, the girls {Happy Bday Dapples– just don't tell her I said that!} Miss you guys like crazy and these pictures are GORGEOUS!!!! THanks for the update and have so much fun with your dad!! xoxo

  2. Brittny says:

    I am drooling over every post you put on here!!! Washington is on our list of potential places to go when we finish residency at the end of the year (school year, calendars have it all wrong in my opinion!) and every time I read your posts I want to move it farther up the list.

  3. Katharina says:

    All I can say is "beautiful"…we already had the first snow here and I had to imagine…how nice an comfortable must it be to stay in the cabin with tons of snow outside!

    A bit like Austria (mountains, lakes, rivers)…just even more beautiful!!!

  4. Nancy says:

    Your blog is a work of art! Such beautiful pictures!

  5. The Rigoloso's says:

    Loved the photos…so beautiful. My fav part was Mary Aplin pulling her dress over her head! Too funny…

  6. Melissa says:

    What gorgeous scenery! So glad your little trip turned out to be so wonderful. I would have been worrying about all the same things you were!

  7. Caroline says:

    My goodness! I squeal just looking at the pictures!!! I know mom is squealing with us and so excited about where you are in life and all you are getting to explore.

    It is looking like we might be coming up there around the 28th or 29th until about the 2nd?!? I will keep you posted for sure 🙂

  8. Caroline says:

    My goodness! I squeal just looking at the pictures!!! I know mom is squealing with us and so excited about where you are in life and all you are getting to explore.

    It is looking like we might be coming up there around the 28th or 29th until about the 2nd?!? I will keep you posted for sure 🙂

  9. Kendall Boggs says:

    Oh my word Abbs! Unreal!

  10. mitzi says:

    Abby, I love the entire post but can't get out of my mind that the beautiful river is the color of my mouthwash– unbelievable. Why is it not brown or clear? What makes it that wonderful color? love to all

  11. Kendall Clark says:

    It's incredible how much happiness comes with each new post you do! I am living vicariously through your family right now because currently I do not have a life. Love you!!

  12. Pete and Ang says:

    Oh, my heart! Such beautiful pictures of your adventure to the cabin. My husband & I took our motorcycles through western Washington two years ago and thought it was the most gorgeous area we had ever ridden through. What a joy that you were able to feel so comfortable with someone you had just met! We are also considering Washington post residency. Your pics might bump it to the top of the list!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous photos. Wow.

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