Happy Holidays!

Confluence is thankful once again for family, friends, and colleagues who continue to pull together to support each other. We also feel fortunate to have been able to, in the words of our own Irene Sato, “break the seal on the bunker” and return to some semblance of normal. We sincerely hope you, too, had some fun in 2021! Please enjoy this slideshow sharing some of our highlights. (Auto-play or use arrows to scroll!)

  • PHIL BLOCH and his family went exploring this summer. Crater Lake was one of the amazing national parks they visited.
  • KERRIE McARTHUR and family traveled to paradise (Maui), COVID style
  • JESSEMINE FUNG explored Guemes Island with her family.
  • CHRIS BERGER and his COVID pup, Griz, went on their first upland bird hunting trip to Paradise Valley, MT. "One of my favorite places – it’s like an off-leash park for dog and master!"
  • IRENE SATO and her husband Gary "broke the seal on the bunker in April and took a road trip to the Oregon coast."
  • SCOTT WHITE and family spent lots of time in Leavenworth this year to enjoy things getting back to (somewhat) normal. "The holiday lights are the best!"
  • MICAH PHAN and Naga took in some Texas sun among the bluebells in McKinney Falls State Park.
  • NORA BURTON and her family enjoyed a big family BBQ this summer!
  • SASHA VISCONTY'S designated driver took her around wine country in the Willamette Valley.
  • KATHY SITCHIN largely vacationed outdoors, including this trip to southern Utah (here at Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon).
  • GRANT NOVAK and wife Natalie enjoyed some solitude beneath the grandeur of the Tetons.
  • SUZANNE VIEIRA and husband Emil celebrated reduced travel restrictions (and recent marriage) with a tropical Mexico vacation, including several SCUBA dives.
  • ERIC DOYLE rocked out at a Huskies game with friends.
  • BILL KIDDER'S Escape from Seattle: Oregon Coast tidepooling with his family.
  • MARLENE MEADERS went big this year with her family’s first trip to Hawaii together. “It was an important reset for us!”
  • CHRIS SONCARTY took his family to the local ski hill, Mt. Baker.
  • TODD NIXLEY and wife Kate celebrated relative freedom with a long-anticipated trip to Iceland with friends. Highlights included hot springs, waterfalls, and hot dogs!
  • GENEVA FAULKNER went mushroom hunting near Bellingham with her childhood best friend, Tonya.
  • KELLY McDONALD and her husband, Joe, enjoyed a bit more traveling, exploring some of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
  • CHRIS CZIESLA and his family took to the hiking trails and beach. "Great escapes in 2021!"
  • NATALIE (WHITE) DIETSCH and now-husband Luke tied the knot alongside friends and family this past summer!