Family in Spokane, WA

Susie, Patty, Rainey

Susie, Patty, Rainey

Patty’s two cousins (Susie and Rainey) moved to Spokane with their families years ago and brought their mother Lita, Patty’s aunt, with them. Susie has two grown daughters – Stacy and Sabrina – while Rainey has twin boys – Todd and Darren. Susie, Rainey, Lita, Patty, and Craig met at Susie’s house, where Susie cooked a really good dinner and the women started to catch up what was going on in their lives.

Spokane charging

Spokane charging

The following morning Craig made contact with Fred, a PlugShare friend, who had a Tesla HWPC installed in his garage. His dad owned a Tesla, lived in Seattle, and arranged for the installation so that he could more easily visit his son. Fred volunteered to let Craig use the hook-up any time while he was in Spokane over the next two days. Another example of the people we always seem to be running into in our travels. His home was in a beautiful, older part of Spokane, where the houses were all circa early 1900’s.

Spokane-attacking-grandmas-birthday-cakeA family barbecue was planned for the afternoon at Stacy’s home. Since it was Rainey’s birthday the next day, a cake was present and Sabrina’s young son, Nolan, insisted on blowing out the candles. As usual, while the women chatted, the children played, and the men barbecued, talked, and drank beer.


Jeff & Stacy, Stella, Olivia

Jeff & Stacy, Stella, Olivia

Joe & Sabrina, Nolan, Bella

Joe & Sabrina, Nolan, Bella

Lita & Patty

Lita & Patty

Saying good-by

Saying good-by

Nolan & KiKi

Nolan & KiKi

Kiki, Olivia, Bella

Kiki, Olivia, Bella


Rainey with Eli

Rainey with Eli

Eli with KiKi

Eli with KiKi

On Rainey’s birthday we took her to see her son and his family – her boys were both working on Saturday – and we got to see Todd and Lessie’s young son Eli. We hadn’t seen them since their marriage.

Eli and KiKi got along famously.


Spokane-Twigs-Rainey-Patty-SuziePicking up Susie, the four of us stopped at her favorite ‘watering hole’ before driving by to see Joe & Sabrina’s new house – it was scheduled to close escrow shortly and Susie had never seen it.

Spokane-Darren-RaineyCraig again needed to charge the car – the motel had no outside EV capability – so the girls met Rainey’s single son, Darren – just off work, at Susie’s house and Craig attended to the car. It was late in the evening when Craig, Patty, and KiKi made their way back to the hotel, but the Spokane visit had been a total success.

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