It’s been a while since Diane and I had the good fortune to visit Phil and Family – Liz, Owen, and Carolyn. But it was worth the wait. No sooner did we pull up when Phil, from his office, called home to tell Liz of a much-awaited and anticipated promotion. First came the whoops! from Liz. Then the hugs. And the rest.
A bit of background. Phil is a research scientist with the USGS at Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Forest. The promotion ups his professional ante, vaulting him into the top research slot up at
And we’re all very happy. Phil, Liz (herself a successful scientist, writer, local activist, and full-time mommy); and Owen, 5 (Bionacles and Scobby Doo); and Carolyn, 22 months (princess shoes and monster trucks), Diane (groovy road tripper) and I (humble narrator) basically goofed through a long Easter weekend at kid-speed. It was more than fun: wake-up time, coffee-time, play time, lunch time, movie time, cocktail time, dinner time, dance time, story time, and bed time. Plus the other usuals:Hunting for Easter treasure;
Working on the bus;
And dancing at a riverside party.
We also painted a wall and installed a bathroom cabinet, sink, and plumbing. So that was fun, too. We didn’t take any pictures. But trust us, we did a beautiful job.
The four days went all too quickly. Phil and Liz have to prepare to sell their house, find a new one in Arcata, and attend to a million other details. And we have a long and winding road ahead of us. With any luck we’ll see them again at the end of our trip sometime this fall.