Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Three weeks ago, we were on our way home from Seattle. It was the end of the best vacation Karin and I have ever taken as a couple (that's right, the best; our honeymoon was great, but we both had a stomach bug that week). We left the house early on the morning of Thursday, April 19, drove to my former place of employment and flew MDT → ORD → SEA. Before that morning, the farthest west I had ever been was Estes Park, CO. Now I can't really ever use the phrase "the farthest west I've ever been" since on Tuesday we were only about 5 miles east of the westernmost point in the continental United States.

The trip was a Christmas gift from my sister who knew that a couple of homebodies like Karin and me would probably never work up the gumption to make the trip out to visit her of our own volition. We had an amazing time and are extremely grateful for the gift. It was wonderful to see April and to explore a new city and to eat great food and to have a few days to relax in the company of adults.

I am truly disappointed that April is planning to move from Seattle soon, because I want to go back. It wasn't just the things we did—going to the library, seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time, visiting the zoo, driving through Olympic National Park, watching roller derby—and the people we were with that were great, it was the city itself. I enjoyed Seattle as a place very much and sort of feel that if we didn't have so many very good reasons to stay where we are, maybe we'd move there some day. But we do have very good reasons to stay here. So unless the rest of my family wants to pack up and go west, don't count on us leaving Lancaster any time soon. I do think I'll go back someday, though. It would be a shame not to.

I could go on and on here, but if you really want to get a sense of our trip, head over to Flickr and look at the rest of the pictures. I picked a few of the best for this post, but there are about 270 more where those came from. And maybe, while you look at them, head over to 1077theend.com and listen to the local station we had on the radio while we were in Seattle, and which I have had on in the background often since we returned, including right now.