1997: John and Cara at Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: Cara and Liz in front of Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: John on the deck at Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: John at Pike Place market
       
     
1997: John and Lizzy at Pike Place Market
       
     
1997: John at Gas Works Park
       
     
1997: John at Gas Works Park
       
     
1997: John at the Fremont Troll
       
     
1997: John at Waterfront Park
       
     
1997: John and Cara at Pioneer Square
       
     
1997: John, Patrick, and Cara at Palisade Restaurant
       
     
1997: John at the Space Needle
       
     
1997: Cara and John at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
1997: John at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to the Mt Baker house
       
     
2011: Return to the Mt Baker house
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place flower vendor
       
     
2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: Return to Gas Works Park
       
     
2011: Return to Gas Works Park
       
     
2011: Return to Fremont Troll
       
     
2011: Return to Fremont Troll
       
     
2011: Return to Waterfront Park
       
     
2011: Return to Pioneer Square
       
     
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
       
     
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
1997: John and Cara at Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: John and Cara at Mt Baker house

The house where Liz grew up and John and I stayed

1997: Cara and Liz in front of Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: Cara and Liz in front of Mt Baker house
1997: John on the deck at Mt Baker house
       
     
1997: John on the deck at Mt Baker house

The house where we stayed with Liz in the Mt Baker neighborhood looked east across Lake Washington. Breathtaking view out our windows for sunrise every morning.

1997: John at Pike Place market
       
     
1997: John at Pike Place market

John was checking out the sidewalk-performer-one-man-band-angel-winged-tambourine-jingle-accordion guy jumping around by the fish throwers. Impressive really. I believe John turned around right after I snapped this and said something like "That guy's a furreeeak!" Anyone who knew him can hear him say it and see his expression.

1997: John and Lizzy at Pike Place Market
       
     
1997: John and Lizzy at Pike Place Market

Here he is making one of his famous faces in front of the fresh flower vendors. The three of us wandered around the market checking out all the fresh produce, flowers, meats and fish, art, jewelry, tourist trinkets, pastries, etc. We were learning how the world of public markets works.

1997: John at Gas Works Park
       
     
1997: John at Gas Works Park

Pointing out the posted rules...because we all know how John felt about rules.

1997: John at Gas Works Park
       
     
1997: John at Gas Works Park

John climbing on the old gas plant structures that have been cleaned up, painted bright colors, and repurposed into a public park. I was too chicken. It's a long way down!

1997: John at the Fremont Troll
       
     
1997: John at the Fremont Troll

There he goes picking his nose in public again. I hated it when he did that.

1997: John at Waterfront Park
       
     
1997: John at Waterfront Park
1997: John and Cara at Pioneer Square
       
     
1997: John and Cara at Pioneer Square
1997: John, Patrick, and Cara at Palisade Restaurant
       
     
1997: John, Patrick, and Cara at Palisade Restaurant

Patrick worked part-time at Callison with me. I'd helped him with something, and as payment he gave me a gift certificate to the high end restaurant where he also worked. I held onto it until John came to visit, and we enjoyed a proper Pacific seafood meal together.

Crazy thing, a guy sat down next to me at the bar of a restaurant in Portland in 2009. We chatted for a long time before soemthing he said jolted me, and I asked him, "Is your name Patrick?" Yes, it was. The same. What a small world.

 

1997: John at the Space Needle
       
     
1997: John at the Space Needle

Yes, he's always been a nut.

1997: Cara and John at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
1997: Cara and John at Golden Gardens Park
1997: John at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
1997: John at Golden Gardens Park
2011: Return to the Mt Baker house
       
     
2011: Return to the Mt Baker house

Then...Cara and John in front of the Mt Baker house where Liz grew up.

Now...I'm back in the old neighborhood remembering fun times andstellar views with my brother.

2011: Return to the Mt Baker house
       
     
2011: Return to the Mt Baker house

Then...Cara and Liz in front of the house where she grew up.

Now...Liz's mom sold the house several years ago and moved into a condo. The new owners make improvements.

2011: Return to Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place Market

Then...John checking out the crazy one-man-band sidewalk performer.

Now...The entertainment just isn't the same. Boring ol' guitar player.

2011: Return to Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place Market

Sporting John's memorial biker patch at Pike Place Market.

2011: Return to Pike Place flower vendor
       
     
2011: Return to Pike Place flower vendor

Then...John made faces as Liz pondered which flowers work best. White columns.

Now...So many flowers have come and gone since then. Green columns.

2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market

Pike Place is so alive and full of all sorts of people and things to look at, smell, eat, touch. It was John's first.

2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market
       
     
2011: John's patch at Pike Place Market

From wings to wheelchair.

2011: Return to Gas Works Park
       
     
2011: Return to Gas Works Park
2011: Return to Gas Works Park
       
     
2011: Return to Gas Works Park

Then...John climbed around up there like a little monkey. I was chicken.

Now...I can't see John, but I know he's there. I'm no longer chicken, it was REALLY cold and windy.

2011: Return to Fremont Troll
       
     
2011: Return to Fremont Troll

Then...The thing to do was to pick the Troll's nose.

Now...The thing to do is to pick the Troll's nose.

2011: Return to Fremont Troll
       
     
2011: Return to Fremont Troll
2011: Return to Waterfront Park
       
     
2011: Return to Waterfront Park
2011: Return to Pioneer Square
       
     
2011: Return to Pioneer Square
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
       
     
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
       
     
2011: Return to Palisade Restaurant
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
2011: Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Golden Gardens Park
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park

Then...John and I watching the sunset over Puget Sound. Warm, pink, orange.

Now...I'm watching the clouds gather over Puget Sound. Cold, blue, grey.

2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park

Then...John enjoying a beer with his sunset.

Now...Me remembering.

2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park
       
     
2011: Return to Golden Gardens Park

Then...John and me lying down and watching the sun set at our feet.

Now...Me with John's ashes, watching another sunset of a different kind.

Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park
Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park
       
     
Ritual of return at Golden Gardens Park