Christine and I went to see a friend give a talk last night @ Wide World Books and Maps in Wallingford. His name is Mike Lewis, and he used to be Christine’s chiropractor. He had worked hard and built up his practice, his abilities and ultimately his desire to escape his daily life.
Mike had earned his life and didn’t want to waste it, so he felt it was time to cash in on some freedom. The plan was to travel the world solo on his motorcycle with goals of reaching the top and the bottom of our major land masses as he made his around the world west to east, hoping to experience culture and people in a way he never thought possible. The route he took between these “end points” was dictated by among other things, the advice he got on the road, and the weather.
His faithful companion for this adventure was his 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure motorcycle that had been adjusted and modified for the years of exposure and abuse in the form of unmaintained roads, washouts and rainy season mud that lay ahead. Mike left Seattle in March 2009 and systematically logged over 60,000 miles, six continents and over 40 countries in his epic journey.
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It’s that time of year again and Meet Plan Go is coming back to town. Last year, we were fortunate enough to have been the Meet Plan Go Seattle 2011 hosts and had a great time in the process. It allowed us to reflect on our journey (physical/emotional), meet new people and among other things, share our experiences with those with a passion for travel.
This year the torch has been passed to Lori Stone and it will be a great time. We’ll be there as the evenings keynote speakers, and are looking forward to sharing the evening with so many wonderful panelists, travelers and numerous travel stories of inspiration, curiosity and desire.
On October 16th, we’ll be meeting @ “HasOffers” in Seattle neighborhood of Belltown and it will be an inspirational evening for all involved. Find all the details on the MeetPlanGoSeattle page, and tickets are available on EventBrite.
The panellists represent a wide range of travelers and experiences and it’s worth grabbing a drink, sitting on the couch with your laptop/tablet, and exploring their fascinating worlds.
We’re hoping you’ll check out Meet Plan Go in your city (it’s happening in 9 cities in the US, and in Toronto as well) – it’s gonna be a great time!
It was a great time for everyone! Christine and I are proud to be the hosts for the 2011 Meet Plan Go extravaganza this October. This past week, we hosted a Meet Plan Go get together at Paddy Coyne’s in South Lake Union. It was a really fun evening and had almost 30 people show up! – not bad!! Meet, Plan, Go! founders Michaela Plotter and Sherry Ott were even on hand to celebrate the travel wishes and plans of those who attended.
Meet, Plan, Go! (MPG) is a wonderful website that brings together people with an interest in travel. Those who have travelled the world, those who are planning to travel, and those who have no idea if they can but it sounds cool. MPG is leading the career break movement in North America; encouraging and teaching others how to travel the world and have it be beneficial to your career. They envision a world where the term ‘career break’ is a part of everyone’s overall career strategy.
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Not everything about this trip is easy. Not everything about this trip is fun. Two weeks ago we had a particularly hard week. Tuesday July 21st, Christine and I had to put much loved and spoiled cat Chelsea down. Though it wasn’t an easy decision to make, it had been one that I’d been expecting and dreading for a long time.
Chelsea, or as I called her “Princess Chelsea” ruled my world. Chelsea was a shelter cat. Part of a litter that a family couldn’t keep, or didn’t want to keep. A long haired tabby with golden eyes, Chelsea came into my life in the early 1990’s. She had a littermate Jake who was adopted with her so she could grow up with a playmate and they were always together, either in play or sleep. A few years later, they got a “big” little brother when I came home with a 16 week old Great Pyrenees named Foster (General Lafayette Foster Gumbo Jackson to be respectfully specific, but that’s for another time). When I say “big” little brother, I may be understating it just a touch. I mean mean gargantuan! As a full grown dog Foster had weighed over 160lbs. That didn’t concern Chelsea in the least. She treated him like he was just another cat, albeit, a very big cat.
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Well, our time in Seattle is rapidly coming to a close. Though we’re now looking forward to the next chapter in our lives, we have also recently been looking back. Looking back to some our favorite places and activities. We stopped working at the end of June so that we could use July to prepare for our upcoming move and trip. Even though there has been a lot to take care of, we’ve been fortunate to have the time to do some things for the “last time”.
It’s a funny thing, a little surreal even, to go to a restaurant, a grocery store, or a neighborhood knowing it will be for the last time. Since we sold our car (you know who you are and thank you) it’s a little tougher to get around. The Seattle bus system – Metro – is great if you’re going North/South but isn’t very effective if you want to go East/West or are in a hurry. Good thing we’re unemployed, we have plenty of time to sit @ the bus stop and wait . . . and wait . . . But this is where our Lonely Planet/Rough Guides come in handy, right?
Though I can’t include everything, here is some of what we’ll miss:
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Thursday July 2nd marked my last day at work. Christine’s last day was back on June 22nd. So, I guess you can say we’re now in the final stages of of trip preparation. Maybe it was coincidental for me, but that Thursday was also an incredibly beautiful day – sunny, blue sky, 85*, light breeze. Christine picked me up from work, I did one last round of hugs with my friends at work, and with each hug, ended one chapter of my life.
Our drive to Lake Chelan takes us two hours east of Seattle then one hour north. Along the way, there is a wonderful oasis along a bypass road off the highway that has become a personal favorite of ours. Twin Pines Drive In. Twin Pines is a wonderful hamburger place near Cle Elum, about 90 miles east of Seattle. The familiar red and white building behind the enormous dirt parking lot has long become a familiar site for us. I don’t know if it is family owned, but it really has that feel to it. Adults cooking food in the back, teenagers taking orders out front and everyone smiling and having fun – or as much fun as you can have while working with your parents. When it first opened I can’t say, but I imagine it was back sometime in the 1950’s. It has a wonderful feel to it. Everything is cooked to order, and tastes that way.
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Well, I have a hard time believing it but we’re down to the last two months. There are still many things to cross off our checklist as we get ready for our departure day. The promising thing is, every week the list is getting smaller. We spent a good deal of time last week gathering items for our garage sale this coming Saturday. Garage sales aren’t a seasonal occurrence for us. Come to think of it I’ve only done one, maybe two garage sales in my life. Neither Christine or I are packrats, hoarders or collectors of all things chachki. We’re really good at leaving stores empty handed and only buying only what we really need. We don’t seem to go on shopping splurges. If we do go on a splurge – it’s in no way extravagant. I love shopping for clothes, and Christine doesn’t. But we’re good at not overbuying. If we buy some new clothes, shoes, jeans or underwear – something old must go. That way we don’t give in to splurge shopping and are conscious of how our money is spent. Besides, our closets are only 4 feet wide!
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this is just a test to see whether I have figured out how to post a photo in the blog entry.
Nothing more, nothing less – not to exciting either. Unless it works.
Anyways, these are buses from Guatemala. Christine and I were in Guatemala in the summer of 2005. These buses are affectionately known as camionetas, or “Chicken Buses”. They get their wonderfully vibrant name because the locals will regularly take their farm foul (as well as other animals) aboard so they can go to the market and sell them – or they were just bought at a market and are on the way to be a tasty dinner.
So, what a wonderful night our Bride Groom party was—great friends, good food, good drink, decorations, and wacky outfits (well, for Paul and me anyway). I just didn’t want it to end; and it did so fast. Today, while we did laundry, I kept thinking about big weddings and how you spend just so much money for only a few hours. I wonder if people feel depressed afterwards or just high with memories. Well, I can tell you, I sure don’t feel depressed. I smile when I think about how lucky we are to have such great friends. So, let me tell you about the night . . . it started at a local hotel with my best friend Barb and her husband, Rob in charge. We arrived to find the room decorated with confetti and balloons—so cool! Not long after we arrived, here comes my old friend Sylvia, who had made a beautiful two tiered cake decorated with maroon flowers and ribbon.
Can you believe she even cared so much as to find out what color our wedding outfits will be in September and made the cake to match.
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The three month countdown milestone has finally arrived. April 30th, and we couldn’t be more excited. With all the planning that we’ve already done, it’s amazing to know that there is still so much to do. We’ve done the easy things –
First aid kit? Ready!
Vaccinations? Starting in June!
Travel clothes? Almost have them all.
Tickets? . . . Of course!
Our car has been fixed and cleaned up and we’ll sell it in June. (anyone need a great little car?) Our web page is done and we’ve linked our Flickr account. Our Skype account is active (bertandpatty) and our Skype phone number ready too.
What comes now is the challenging part. We have our route planned, we have our skeleton. Now we get to fill in the details – put the meat on the bones, so to speak.
So what do we want to get out of this adventure? What is our purpose? What kind of meat will go on those bones?
What do we want to get out of this?
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