Last updated 06/22/2009  

Vancouver, Washington


We found a campground close to the intersection of I-5 and I-205, making it very easy to get around.   We drove across the river into Oregon to meet Gerry's nephew Howard and his family: Jodi, Andy, and Amanda.  A new restaurant, Famous Dave's Barbeque was our choice for dinner out.  The food was fantastic, and the company the best!  After an unexpected detour through Portland, we managed to find our way home.  A home-cooked meal at Kay & Roger's was a real treat, but it was even nicer was to find Kelsey home from college.  She joined her parents and us out to dinner another evening at a restaurant on the river.  Before leaving the area we also took their daughter Jodi out for lunch with just the two of us.

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One morning after church we were looking for a place to have breakfast.  After passing a couple, we finally found one near the campground and went in for breakfast.  Before leaving we both went to check out the facilities.  On the walls in the hallway were a number of western paintings including several referring to Budweiser and Clydesdales.  Gerry saw them, too.  But he noticed the artist's signature.  What a surprise!  Carlos Hadaway was one of Gerry's good friends when he was in San Diego in 1960 and 1961.  Carlos was the cartoonist for The Hoist, the base paper and worked around the corner from Gerry.  As soon as we got home, Terry Googled the name and discovered that Carlos is now known as The Arizona Kid and is a well known artist.  An email, with the pictures below, elicited a prompt response from Carlos.  Now we look forward to seeing him and meeting his wife when we stop in Phoenix on our way back to Texas.  Check out The Arizona Kid.