Saturday, April 13, 2013

Where Is Spring And Road Trip

The days are passing slowly in an overcast mode with rain falling at times and sunshine beaming down on other occasions.  With just 367 days left until the retirement I am beginning to study the weather patterns around the country to get a feel for the best times to travel through the different regions.  Here in Seattle we are experiencing rain and while some feel that we have had enough, we actually are just about average at this point.  Spring came a couple of weekends ago with the arrival of Easter and for the first time in a long time we had a sunny weekend with temperatures in the upper 60's.  Some where looking forward to a long stretch of warm, sunny days but they forgot where they live.  This is Seattle.

While I long for sitting at the trailer in the bright sunshine and enjoying a cold drink as I read a book, I must come to the reality that we live in Seattle.  In Seattle we seldom get those warm, sunny days at Easter and while we think we should have them in most cases they don't show up until June and even then there are weather issues.  I can count on one hand the number of 4th of July days that didn't have rain over the past 10 years.  Rain comes to us often.  Too often.  But that is the price we pay to live in one of the best places.

There is nothing like Mt Rainer on a clear day, standing tall and looking down on us.  I am sure there are other sites just as wonderful but I don't have to travel very far to see this one.  Every cloudless day on the way home it stands there watching me inch down I5.  It helps the keep one sane as we deal with the little struggles of life.

Mia and I are going on a road trip.  No trailer or Honey, just us and the truck for around 1500 miles.  We are going to try to make the trip in two days leaving Federal Way on a Thursday morning in late June arriving in Watertown, SD sometime Friday evening.  We have a wedding invitation to my cousins daughters wedding and we have not seen these folks since they visited us a few years back.  I have told you about my cousins in Lewiston, ID and about the elderly patriarch of their family.  Watertown has one of their own and I believe she is now in her 90's.  She is a wonderful lady and her family are great people.  We have enjoy knowing them ever since we found out about them and made first contact.

Downtown Watertown
When we first visited them the young lady who is getting married was playing baseball in Jr High.  I think she was 13 or 14.  Her mom is a wonderful lady who has a great sense of humor.  The whole family is great.  Watertown is middle America.  People do for themselves and others.

Fifteen hundred miles in two days across four states.  I am thinking that Mia and I will be alternating the  driving and we will drive until we can't drive then find a motel, sleep and drive some more.  Don't want to miss the wedding.  It doesn't look like we'll have a lot of time to enjoy the open road as we travel through Washington, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota.  Not sure if Mia is looking forward to two days in the truck but I am...


  1. now that is a 'road trip'! enjoy the ever changing views as they go whizzing on by!!

  2. My Mom was born and raised in Watertown SD, we have never been there, but hope to visit someday. Safe travels and enjoy the wedding!

  3. Have a safe journey. It snowed in Montreal yesterday, Spring is quite late this year.