Unofficially beginning our Round the World trip

By , July 9, 2009 9:37 pm

P1010142Thursday 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.

Sitting in the shade out back, eating our burgers, fries and onion rings – the world that we just left 90 minutes earlier, already seemed a million miles away and ages ago. (yea, a good cheeseburger can do that to you!) It felt good in the shade. The Diet Coke was sweet and welcoming on such hot day. You can only imagine how wonderfully satisfying the soft serve ice cream tasted as we took some cones to enjoy in the car. Only the classics – vanilla, chocolate or a vanilla/chocolate swirl.

As we enjoy our feast out back, we have a conversation that has become rather familiar. What will we experience on our trip? New places, friendly faces, strange foods, new languages, new lexicon of slang, uncomfortable hostel beds, getting lost, so many new experiences await us. I feel like a young man when I think about the journey we’re about to embark on. This is the trip I never made when I was in my youth. I’m happy to be taking this trip now that I’m older. I’m sure was too irresponsible to do something like this when I was younger. Christine says I have boundary issues, she can only imagine what I must have been like 15-20 years ago. Looking back, I’m sure I would’ve ended up in jail for doing something utterly stupid. Anyways, this is the type of experience that I’m hoping to find once we’re really traveling. Someplace that is simple, welcoming, fresh and full of friendly people.

Look out world, here we come!

One Response to “Unofficially beginning our Round the World trip”

  1. Bert says:

    interesting thing about Las Vegas that we read tonight is that most hotels don’t have free wifi….since we are on a budget, we won’t be as connected as we like BUT we did find a couple of cafes….so, we will see.

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