We celebrated the 4th of July this year by heading for PDX to start our journey to Scotland. It's a return trip for me - after 35 years - and a 1st visit for Mike. In 1978 I spent 2 college semesters in Great Britain, 1 in Edinburgh, Scotland and 1 in London.
In Edinburgh I lived with Ruth and Norman Middleton and their little ones, David and Val - they made me feel like family. I was able to reconnect with them thanks to the internet and they invited us to stay with them. We started the trip there, with plans to head west to the Isle of Arran for most of a week and catch a Highland Game competition on Loch Lomond before flying to The Netherlands to meet Isaac's host family from his 2004-2005 AFS exchange. Then it's off to Cambridge, England where Mariah and Greg will join us to celebrate with Isaac as he graduates with a masters degree from King's college.
We headed west to Portland and parked our car at our niece's house to save on parking costs (thanks Chelsie and Justin!), then took a MAX light rail train to the airport.
What a great airport! We seemed to be the only clients for these friendly TSA folks.