Last weekend, Trevor and I went on a road trip to visit family and friends in Oregon. We stopped in Portland and Eugene to visit Trevor's mom and his brothers, as well as his aunt Becky and some cousins plus some friends from High School. It was a visit-packed 3 days -- it seemed we had no time to just relax, but it was wonderful to meet some of Trevor's friends and to visit family.
The weather was hot! Our first stop was at Macrina in Belltown in Seattle for some lattes and a pastry breakfast. I had never been to Macrina but have been a beneficiary of some of its goodies, courtesy of Trevor's mom. Last year on Trevor's birthday he got the most delicious chocolate cake ever from this place as a treat from his mom. So I knew before we headed on the road, that this would be our first stop.
I got myself an apricot pinwheel and Trevor got some sort of muffin that had a berry filling. Both were quite delicious! Then I bought a cupcake for later :)
Next stop was Eugene, Oregon where Trevor grew up, to visit Derek, his oldest brother and Sean, his oldest friend. Derek was the last of Trevor's family that I had yet to meet. Being in Eugene, it was harder to facilitate a meeting but I was glad to finally meet him. We had dinner at the Steelhead Brewery.
Then we headed to have coffee at the 5th Street Beanery, just a couple of blocks away. The 2 brothers talked about growing up and I asked Derek to tell me something about Trevor that I didn't know but that Trevor for sure would not want me to know. So he told me about the time that Trevor attempted to dive into a swimming pool from a sitting position, but for some reason he was sitting facing the water, not the other way around....so of course when he threw himself back expecting to hit the water....well you guessed it, he hit the cement. Ouch! I could almost feel and hear that thud just imagining it. We had a great time sitting together telling stories, enjoying the cool night breeze. It's times like this that I cherish so much.
The next day I got to meet Sean, who Trevor has known since Kindergarten.
Trevor traveled to Disneyland with Sean 3 times as a child. That's how close they were. Sean told me that his mom and dad loved Trevor so much that he's sure they named their second son Travis because it sounded so much like "Trevor"! And we had a good laugh because I told Sean how Trevor teases me about how my mom pays him to go out with me, but what Trevor doesn't know is I double that amount and get his Dad to pay me that much to go with him. Sean burst into laughter when I told him this because apparently when they were kids, Sean told Trevor that his mom paid Sean to be Trevor's friend and that's the only reason Sean hung out with him to begin with -- for the money! It was wonderful to sit and listen to them reminisce about growing up together and re-live some of their youth. Then they decided we would go and visit the old cemetery in town where they used to run around and spook each other out and look at gravestones.
We hiked up a trail to the top of the cemetery where as if on cue, thunder broke out and it started raining. We sought refuge under the canopy of trees up there, which amazingly enough kept us dry till the rain stopped. If someone told me that I would one day be trekking in the rain on a trail, exploring in a cemetery I'd have laughed and said "never!".... yet there I was doing just that. Just another reason I enjoyed this day so much -- it was special in many ways!
I was glad to finally get to meet Derek and Sean. It's important to me to get to know all of Trevor's family and friends and learn about his chidlhood -- that's one of the reasons why I looked forward to this trip so much. As I got to meet each new person that figured prominently in Trevor's life, I learned a little bit more about this man who I love so much. All the pieces of his life, and memories of his childhood that are part of the man that he is today. The kindhearted, wonderful, loving and thoughtful man that I am lucky enough to have in my life. This trip has been a very rewarding trip for me as I got to know a little bit more about Trevor and how he came to be who he is today :)
I have many more pictures of this trip on my camera roll -- I just have to download it and I can blog about the last 2 days of this trip. I got to meet Aunt Becky and Trevor's cousins and we visited Trevor's sister, Ali and had dinner with Trevor's mom and her husband Phil. That will be the next post! Stay tuned.