I was woken up around 6 this morning by Mom telling me that Grandma had passed. I feel like the last few days (months) have been so fraught with emotion that when I actually heard the news I had very little left. I’d done all my crying and worrying and now there was just…something. She would have been 90 this year and I’m glad that she was able to live a full life. Unsure of what was happening next, E and I decided to stick with our plans for the day.
We went to Pine State Biscuits for breakfast (lunch, really). E had the biscuits and gravy and I had the sausage-egg-biscuit sandwich thing. It was a nice way to kick off our trip down to McMinnville – Oregon’s wine country. When we were getting close to McMinnville, E saw a sign for the Spruce Goose, which is the world’s largest airplane. Clay had told me I should see it before we left, but I have the attention span of a goldfish and forgot about it until we saw the sign. E’s inner child was practically leaping out of his eyes, so we stopped off at the Evergreen Space and Aviation Museum. In the first hangar we saw the Spruce Goose and various other flying contraptions from Da Vinci on. E was able to identify planes and provide information about them without reading the signs, which was a little geeky and kind of adorable all at the same time.
In the space hangar, E really geeked out and outlined the histories of both the American and Russian space programs. Sometimes when we visit space museums, I begin to see how E ended up a Russian studies major. Outside we realized how new the museum must have been – they had a walkway of the planets and Pluto wasn’t included =(
We checked into the B&B we would be staying at – the Gahr Farm. It was a little outside McMinnville and totally amazing. We had our own little house to stay in, complete with a wood-burning stove in the living room. We went into town for dinner and walked around for a bit. Then we came back and played a round of backgammon (taught to me by one of my clients during his wife’s labor) in front of the fire. I was afraid that the dark and the quiet would be weird for me, but after the intensity of the last week, I found in it the solace I needed.