September 19-21, 2019
After I quit my job at Microsoft, Daniel and I decided to spend some time traveling around Washington state to visit family. With our trip around the world only weeks away, we weren’t sure when we’d get a chance to see them again and wanted a chance to say good-bye.
Daniel and I still had a lot to do back in Seattle so we decided to make the trip as short as possible. We needed to reserve at least *some* time to pack up the house and move. So I put together an insanely ambitious schedule that involved driving all over the state. We drove from Seattle to Spangle to Spokane to Palouse to Nooksack to Bellingham to Seattle in a 4-day period. That’s a total of 857 miles. Whew!
Here are the highlights of our trip.
We began our trip in Spangle to visit my grandma and join my extended family for a lovely dinner. Thanks for hosting us, Aunt Linda! 🙂
Daniel had never been to Spokane before so we decided to check out Riverfront Park. We happened to visit the same day that protesters gathered for the Spokane Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019. It was inspirational to see so many people, young and old, rallying in support of the environment.
We next traveled one hour south of Spokane to Palouse, Washington – the town where my parents lived when I was born. I used to have lots of relatives living in Palouse but these days my Aunt Donna and Uncle Joe are the only ones left. We timed our trip to coincide with a visit from my Aunt Cathey and Uncle Earl who took the train over from their home in Illinois. My parents, Dennis and Eileen, also traveled over from their home on the other side of the state so I got to say good-bye to them as well.
On Saturday, September 21, I left my aunt and uncle’s house in Palouse and drove to the other side of the state to say good-bye to my siblings and their kiddos. We had a slumber party in our pajamas and stayed up way too late playing games and telling stories. Sadly, my sister Kirsten and nephew Collin were both sick and so they couldn’t attend.
I finished the trip with a visit to my stepson, Brendan, on my way home to Seattle. He recently moved into his first apartment and so I brought him some dishes and things from our kitchen that we no longer needed. I don’t have any photos from this part of this trip so I’ll share this picture instead, which was taken at my wedding earlier this year.