On Friday October 11, 2013, Robert very kindly drove me and my doll collecting friend, Linda Pepa, all the way down to Tacoma WA. This is the 2nd time he has done this for us. We can't get there by ourselves so we certainly appreciate his patience with us! The above photo was taken at the Peach Arch border crossing into Blaine WA. The weather was great.
We both have the enhanced BC ID/driver's license cards which we point at the card reader when we get close to the border guard. If Linda had one too, we could have used a much quicker lane. We like to use these cards instead of our passports. They are the size of a credit card.
Our first stop, after a rest stop of course, was at the Sunset Blvd exit, about 1/2 hour from the border crossing in Bellingham. We stopped at Joanne's fabric store and shopped for 45 minutes. The fabric choices, compared to Canada, are phenomenal. The fabric is now at the front of the store instead of at the back. We got carried away with Halloween and Christmas fabric. Then we stopped for tea and an egg muffin sandwich at Starbuck's while Robert had a quick doze in the car.
At 12:45 we arrived at the American Girl store in Lynwood. This was my 5th visit, and Linda's 2nd. I bought Caroline, an 1812 historical girl. She is very pretty with lovely blond curls and green blue eyes. The store was very crowded! We ate lunch here at 2:15. The tea tray menu which Linda and I shared was very sparse and not very good. Robert fared better with a hamburger and fries.
For only $12 you can buy scenes to put as a back drop behind your AG dolls.
This is the summer scene.
The school scene; the white board can be written on.
The party scene.
The winter scene; I bought this one...it's so pretty in person.
It was a very full day full of dolly gazing. Linda didn't buy a doll but she did buy doll accessories. We headed down the freeway after lunch at 3:30 and stopped at 5:00 in Fife to browse through a really neat antique mall. I bought 2 green depression glass plates for my Mom. We arrived at our Comfort Inn hotel at 6:30 pm. It took us 2 1/2 hours driving time from Lynwood to Tacoma because the traffic was very bad. We went for dinner at 7:00 at Black Angus and it was delicious.
We hit the sack at 11 pm because the next day we got up very early to head for the Puyallup doll show. That's another story!
By Loretta Houben