Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Night at Lake Quinault Lodge

Olympic National Park
Washington







We began our week long trip to the Olympic National Park with a stay at this beautiful old lodge on Lake Quinault.  Built in the 1920's, it oozes old world charm and romance.  Since it was our 40th wedding anniversary last Saturday, it seemed like the perfect place to celebrate.

I've been thinking a lot about marriage lately.  How have we managed to survive forty years of living together and still remain happy when I see the marriages of family and friends collapse and end in divorce?  What is our secret?
 
Beats me.

You know what we talked about last Saturday night over dinner?  Not undying love.  Passion.  Or the renewal of marriage vows.

We talked about Rooms with a View.
The view from our room.


After clinking our wine glasses and toasting the day, we looked out at the view from the dining room--the sloping lawn and serene pastel lake.  My travel buddy then asked, "Of all the hotels we have stayed at over the years, what has been your favorite?"

I didn't hesitate.  "That Dome Room at the Hotel Gendarm in Berlin,"

He laughed.  (We got that upgrade because of his flirtation with the receptionist.)

And then we went on to talk about other great hotels and spectacular views.  Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza.  Volcano House in Hawaii. Bali.  Baja.  And Capri.

Once we ran out of hotels, we started in on memorable meals.  In New Orleans.  San Francisco.  Paris.  And yes, Baja.  Always Baja.

Our wine bottle was empty.  The duck gone.

Without our even noticing.


So there you have it.

An easy, comfortable companionship is the secret to a successful marriage.  Sharing good times.  Good food.  Creating memories that can fill up an entire evening with reminiscing.  

I suppose that is why I call my husband my travel buddy.  Husband is way too serious of a word.

   


Happy Anniversary, Old Man.
May these "bonus" years be decades long.







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