It was July 21, the 71st day of our journey, and at long last (although that makes it sound as though we were actually eager to change direction…and we weren’t), we headed East, well, sort of! We had planned to visit relatives in St. Paul, Minnesota after leaving California, but arrived via the states of Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa (yep, 7 states), and (pay attention!) having decided we needed to revisit Boise along the way. “Ah,” you might be thinking, “they’re going back to Boise.” And, you’d be right if you’re a tad suspicious about the reason.
YES – We have a number one “our spot” contender (for now) and it’s: Boise, Idaho! All this really means is that we know we’ll be going back to visit again, for longer, and in a different season. No hasty decisions here, although truth be told, we did make a spontaneous offer on a house in downtown Boise, and perhaps for the best, we didn’t get it. (Why we would make an offer that seems impetuous is a topic I’ll explore in another blog, especially because we did the same thing somewhere else!) A close second is Fort Collins, Colorado, which feels welcoming each time we visit…but again, must go back for longer and not in the summer.
The feeling in the dusty red RAV4 is surprisingly different now that CW and I are driving into the rising sun in the mornings. Some of the sense of excitement and exploration is muted – we’re covering a lot of territory quickly, and for now, spending time with friends and family instead of mostly on our own. Only a few days of the remaining month will be in parts unknown (Canada, again.)
Three weeks after leaving Lake Tahoe, we drove away from St. Paul, rested, happy to have explored family roots and having reconnected with cousins, and now actually eager to travel on to Chicago and Detroit, with a few more visits to friends we hadn’t seen in quite a while. Enjoy a small sampling of the photos I’m using both to record the journey and remind us of just why certain spots have seemed so very special!