I decided to head up early so I could have some me time to revisit all the places I remember as a young woman. Lakewood was my first home away from Wisconsin. Steilacoom was Bill's first home post-West Point and Infantry Basic course. My first stop was Steilacoom. Love it there. It is one of the oldest towns in Washington State and is the home of lots of first. First incorporated city in the territory in 1854. First jail. First sawmill. First county seat for Pierce County. Was almost selected the first territorial capital. There are so many wonderful old buildings there.
This is what it looked like when we lived and ate there.
Bill and I used to like to go to breakfast at the restaurant at the ferry dock. That restaurant has since burned down. They do have a little bit of a snack shop in the lobby where you buy the ferry tickets but it isn't the same as the old place.
I arrived right as they were getting to load the ferry. Walked around town a bit. And then went to have a light lunch at Bair Drug and Hardware. I had a fairly large breakfast to I wasn't that hungry. But I wanted to soak in the place and enjoy reminiscing our time there. So I just ordered a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup.
The next thing I did was drive around to various spots in Lakewood. I went to see my old apartments. Hunter's Glen was closest to Steilacoom so I went there first. Then I headed to my first apartment at Amber Court near McChord AFB to check that out. Then just drove down Bridgeport Way and some other streets to check the place out. Seems more run down than a remember from 30 years ago.
Bill and I actually met through church. There was a College and Career Group for young adults to get together for fellowship. We went to plays, played games, went bowling, watched movies and had Bible studies. It was a great place to meet people.
I also looked for the place we had our wedding reception--at the Lakewood Community Center. Looked for a few other restaurants we frequented. It was such a great afternoon to just drive around and remember a time from my young adulthood. The only thing that would have made it better was to be able to go onto Fort Lewis to see Madigan, old Madigan, the Post Chapel where I had my wedding, and other places that I remember from that time when I was stationed there. But too hard to get on base since 9/11. Hopefully one day I will be able to spend more time with Suzi and she will take be on post again.
All and all it was a great couple of days. Got to revisit old haunts and see my oldest (or should I say my longest) and best friend in the world.