Family Across the US and Visiting

My sister and I weren’t always friends. There was a point in my life when my young, cheery, bright attitude, didn’t mesh well with her well organized teenage certainty. Okay I’m lying. I was five years younger than her and I was annoying AF. She however, had little room for someone who wanted to play Christmas Carols in July. So really this is equally at fault. I mean who doesn’t love a little holiday cheer in July. Am I rite?

Anyway. My sister and I have grown closer with time. We have learned to lean on each other in moments of uncertainty and to celebrate with each other in moments of joy. She’s the one I call when I need a quick pick me up or a piece of activist advice.

Living across the US is best (she’s still not into July holiday tunes) because when we do meet up it’s purposeful and it’s full.

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I like to think handsome took this photo because the second we were in the same space it was a rattling of conversation. It also might be that we look very similar. Or he was laughing at me. I think the first one is a far more beautiful reason to take a photo.

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Another reason my sister and I have grown closer is because of food. I can always count on my sister to find food that warms the soul and kicks tastebuds. Here we went to a very fancy donut place. They have fresh made cake donuts that you dip in the sauces of their creation. I was a big fan of the classic chocolate with peanut butter. Handsome loved the lemon something. Nicole loved fresh strawberry flavor for July.

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Then we headed to J’s Fish. I’ve been here before when I visited the year before. I had been dreaming of it since then. You see I really like fish. I don’t get to eat it much living in the lake-less part of midwest. I ate more than my share of fish. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was eyeing Carmen’s left over shrimp. I was politely offered their leftovers, but politely declined, because I would have eaten it all. 

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We did more than just eat. Okay only because Handsome was with me. I would have been okay hopping from one food location to the next. Handsome wanted to hike. Okay I wanted to hike too. Okay so Nicole wanted to hike too.

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We went to see the Devil’s punchbowl. We went to see the coast. We saw a lot of really cool things.
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We saw a lava rock beach.

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I spent some time in silence. Listening to the rocks.

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I also got to look at SCIENCE. Here was I before touching a starfish!

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I also got to touch the food that otters eat. This practically makes me an otter. Which practically makes me adorable.

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Then we went to the Oregon Country Fair. It was an experience. This was a tree of loving wishes. I was mean to listen to my heart and ask it what it wished for. I placed my heart wish with all the others. I felt a bit like I was walking away with part of my heart exposed. It was an interesting exercise.

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It was a beautiful trip. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it.

-Tomato Travels