KLIPSAN BEACH - Estelle Blaschke loves to play cards, and is quite good. She's had plenty of practice in her life - all 100 years of it.
Blaschke was treated to a bit of a surprise party Monday, Jan. 20, as she attended the regular ice cream social at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, a place she spends a good deal of time these days - playing pinochle and having fun. She plays pinochle at the Senior Center twice a week.
The real surprise came with the appearance of some of her family members, including her daughter Barbara Miller of Portland and grandaughter Cheryl Eggert of Battle Ground.
"They didn't let me know they were coming down today," said Blaschke with a laugh. She said it was a pleasant surprise. "It's kinda nice to have them close."
Blaschke grew up in Vancouver and moved over to the Peninsula in 1980, "God's country" as she calls it.
"Its so quiet here," said Blaschke, who added that she doesn't like to visit the big city anymore, preferring to stay on the coast. "It's a more simple life down here."
And though it has been a long run, Blaschke said she has enjoyed it, saying, "I've lived a very full life."