The Adventure – Going off on a Road Trip without knowing where I’m going.
The last thing you should probably tell the border guard is that you have no idea where you are going, no idea where you are staying, or how long you’ll be gone for.
And when he asks you what the purpose of your trip is, you probably shouldn’t say “I’m going on an Adventure!”…even if it is all true.
After extensively searching my trunk, he came back and told me he liked my picnic basket.
I was, without question, the world’s biggest dork-face.
I just really had no direction – I was just so excited to be out and about driving around.
I made my way to La Conner, a really beautiful little town just off the I-5. Just before I left, I met a wonderful couple, Trevor and Candace, at their bakery. Interestingly enough, Trevor holds three Guinness World Records for Firewalking.
That’s some pretty hot stuff.
After leaving La Conner, I randomly decided that I wanted to go to Leavenworth – a Bavarian village in the heart of the mountains. It was getting dark and I was told it would likely take me 3 hours to get there.
I was in no hurry to get anywhere. I was just going with the flow.
As darkness fell, I left the main highway, trying to find the exit toward Leavenworth.
And I got lost. Totally and utterly lost.
I came across a random strip mall and drove through the only thing open, a fast food restaurant with a drive thru.
The kid, a 15 year old boy, told me that it’d be yet another 3 hours to Leavenworth because of the darkness and icy roads – BUT – only 35 minutes to Seattle.
My best friend directed me all the way into downtown Seattle and even booked reservations for me at a wonderful hotel. I showed up late at night, but when I woke up in the morning, I was a mere 3 blocks away from the famous Public Market or Pike’s Place Fish Market.
It was AWE-mazing.
This truly was a fun and wonderful adventure. I got to meet new people and explore areas where I’ve never been before. There were moments when I was completely uncomfortable – but it didn’t matter – I felt ALIVE.
I can’t wait for my next adventure down south!
© Monthly Adventure, Patricia Taylor, February 2015