“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”
from Douglas Adams
My intent when I began this job was to travel and see the world… all of the world. I had travelled all over the United States and had had a little foreign travel so I wanted to go to far off countries and explore them extensively and just come back to the United States when I needed to undergo training. Ironically over the past 2 vacations from work, I have ended up back in the United States taking extended family vacations. It’s funny how plans and ideals change through travel abroad as well as travel in the U.S. I am still traveling abroad, but through that travel I have come to realize even more how much I love my own country and how important the homeland is to me. In retrospect this trip was exactly where I needed to be.
Part 2 of the journey started in Spokane, Washington (19-25 May). On the 25th I started the 3rd leg of my trip which involved driving with my dad from Spokane to Cheyenne, Wyoming and then on to Denver, Colorado where we stayed until the 29th of May.
I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. I attended Cooper then Arlington Elementary. I went to Shaw Junior High and then graduated from Rogers High School Class of 1985. After leaving Spokane for nearly 8 years, I returned as a single parent and put myself through university and graduated from Whitworth University.
So my trip to Spokane was mainly to reconnect with some old friends, my family and just to revisit some of the places I have known for most of my life. After my visit with my daughters and friends, the initial plan was to fly with my dad to Cheyenne and Denver to reunite with his 85 year old sisters. Dad changed his mind and we ended up driving. It was a 2 day trip that took us through Idaho, Montana then on to Cheyenne and Denver. The drive time was about 1.5 days and we travelled through 3 snow storms and several rain storms.
Aside from visiting my daughters and grandkids, my favorite part of this trip involved spending 2 days in the car with my dad. He was a truck driver for over 41 years and I used to go on trips with him sometimes using this same route. So this really felt like going home. I was able to ask him so many questions about his past. It was an awesome opportunity to travel back into his past and hear some stories and histories about his past as well as my mom’s that I never knew.
Aside from the weather this was also an amazingly beautiful trip that took us through mountains, valleys and high plains. I would highly recommend taking road trips with your family if you can. It’s a great way to have deep conversations and to really get to see parts of the country that you cannot experience when traveling by plane or even train.
I was also able to reconnect with my aunts and uncles and look at pictures of my dad and my grandparents when they were all younger. It was a blessing to me as I have not seen any of them for nearly 20 years. It’s probably the very last time I will see them. It’s good to have plans, but even better when they change and expose you to things you may never be able to revisit. It was good to spend this time with my aunts and uncles and re-hear all the old stories. Yes, this trip was not part of my plan but it was in fact where I was intended to be.
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