Hodge Lodge

Our last stop in Washington – and the Pacific Northwest – was a cabin in Ronald, WA owned by the Hodge family. Tom and Sydney Hodge, and their children, were good friends of the McAndrew family when they lived in Redmond, WA 30 years ago. I am thankful that these friendships endured over the last three decades and that I, and my children, now also count them as friends.

As I mentioned in the last post, Jim and I came to the cabin a day early, so Jim could prepare for and give his talk at the DJI AirWorks conference.

Set and lighting prep for the talk
Waiting to speak

Everything went well with the talk, and Jim was glad to have it behind him. Before the children arrived, we enjoyed a hike to an overlook of the Enchantments (mountains) with Tom.

Upon their arrival, the children were excited to drive four-wheelers around the neighborhood.

We also enjoyed driving around in the Razor.

Nearby overlook with Mr. Hodge

We were joined by Jim’s childhood best friend, Nathan Hodge, and his family (who also technically owns the cabin). It was good to see them and our children enjoyed playing with their two boys.

The next day we drove the Red Top Fire Lookout trailhead, which was at the end of a five-mile, rough dirt road. We finally abandoned the minivan and jumped in Tom’s Jeep. The hike was short and steep and ended with a gorgeous view.

The goal
Fire lookout
The view (Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, and the Enchantments)
We all made it!

During our stay at the cabin, we also enjoyed visiting Roslyn Presbyterian Church.

We are so thankful for our time at the Hodge Lodge, especially for our wonderful conversations with Mr. Hodge. We look forward to seeing everyone again next time we visit Washington!

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