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Thursday, September 26, 2013

KENTUCKY TO VANCOUVER -- 2500 MILES -- DONE


I have finally reached my destination in tact. After twenty-five hundred miles of driving with my ninety pound dog, Sal, by my side and a U-Haul hooked behind my small truck -- I made it!

I have had some detours in my trip's planning -- this resulting in the whole moving plan being slowed down a bit. Initially I was moving to a lovely cabin in Utah but the closing on my house took extra long and the Utah cabin owner decided he did not want to wait out the closing so rented it to someone else. 

Had to do some scrambling but my son said come and stay in Vancouver, Washington where he lives. So I have done so and here I am living on the edge of the big city of Vancouver, amazed at its beauty and realizing there is a lot to explore. How life can change in a short period of time. 

My inclination is to be rather nomadic, so I will be discovering all that is possible here just in case the travel bug pops up in my head 
again.

15 comments:

  1. I feel as though you are about to begin an interesting adventure. Sounds like you will have plenty to blog about. Wow, 2500 miles, that's a lot of empty coffee cups...

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    1. Raining Iguanas -- You are so right -- lots of empty coffee cups! Need to start finding out what this Vancouver, Washington is all about. Will take a while to get my bearings. thanks for staying in touch -- barbara

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  2. Good to hear you've alighted somewhere beautiful and interesting. The cross country trip sounds fascinating although, personally, I think, at the age I am now, I would prefer to have a human in the other seat -- maybe with the dog in the back (not the bed of a pick up -- I wouldn't wish that on a dog for more than 5 miles) It will be interesting to begin to see that part o the world through your eyes. Bless your son and enjoy autumn in a very different part of the world.

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    1. June -- Lots to learn about this part of the world. So far my findings in my first few days here are a Great Harvest bread store and a Chucks organic grocery store which are both about a mile from me. Not what I would call interesting. Next week, after some rest, I will begin in earnest to find out what this place is all about. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  3. I've heard it's a very beautiful place. Enjoy ... maybe it's where you're supposed to be... :)

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    1. Teresa -- What I have seen so far is beautiful. Will know more about the beauty once I start snooping around. All I can say right now is it sure is different than Kentucky! thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  4. Oh! Congratulations on your move!! That is life, isn't it? We plan some & then must allow some to happen. I am not so much the adventurer, but still I've learned to allow for some detours & surprises. I heard Vancouver was wonderful, but you, the traveler, I think, will find beautiful & interesting things wherever you are, wherver you go!! Bravo & may you enjoy your stay in Canada! (Glad to see you back.)

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    1. Rita -- Nice to hear from you. I agree, in life we do need to allow for detours and surprises. Oh, by the way I am in Vancouver, Washington. I have heard good things about this city and I believe I will find lots of areas of interest. Since I lived in Oregon for a time I have a somewhat general idea about this part of the country. thanks for the good wishes -- barbara

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  5. I recently reread Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley". This must have been a bit like that, only 50 years later.

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    1. RuneE - Ahhh -- I read that book so long ago. I honestly had forgotten about it. Yes indeed, my book would be "Travels with Sal." I remember his trip was a bit more leisurely. Unfortunately I did mine in seven grueling days -- saw some really great shots from the highway but didn't have time to stop and take them. thanks for reminding me of the Steinbeck book -- barbara

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  6. Wow! That be a 'move'. Think of all the camera possibilities though.
    About your question about Wiley the artist. Yes, the house was turned into a studioand he he liver there too with his wife. Never to leave. Another stubborn Mainer.

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    1. Birdman -- Loved the Wiley story and appreciated your response. Follow your passion I say. I do wish I had taken some photos on the trip but the U-Haul and dog were about all I could handle while traveling. I did see a lonely fantastic art-deco diner planted in a field in Wyoming in fairly good shape that would have been great to photo and a fantastic natural wood patina school house like I have never seen -- in Idaho -- but I was on a mission to get to Washington before the mountain snows set in. -- barbara

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  7. Well, that was a surprise! But Vancouver has always intrigued me and I look forward to what you discover.

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    1. Vicki -- I hope to find some good blog material here in Vancouver. So different from Appalachia! thanks for stopping -- barbara

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  8. I just saw this and was surprised as well. Two different places for sure. I just spent time in the Midwest and got to experience a variety of weather. Mostly better than not which was nice. It's the SW for this boy. I want sun and low humidity. And here I thought we were going to be long distance neighbors.

    No matter what Barbara - enjoy your new life and adapt accordingly. I continue to. Never done this before. Does the sun shine more in Vancouver than it does in Portland. You're gonna have fun. I like your header picture very much as well.

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