Different destinations inspire different types of travel. Earlier this year, my husband and I spent an extended period of time in a single location. That particular destination, the city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, invited us to linger, stroll the cobblestone streets, savor the food, and immerse ourselves in the culture. I wrote several posts about our experiences, including one titled Slow Travel.
In contrast, we recently returned from a less focused – or, maybe I should say multi-focused – trip to the Pacific Northwest and a few points beyond. Unlike our earlier trip, where we stayed in one place throughout, this one was definitely more of a hodgepodge that included multiple mini-trips during our time away.
We took many forms of transportation, including:
- Automobiles (including two separate car rentals)
- Shuttle buses
- Public buses
- A monorail
- A motorboat
- A ship
- A train
- A farm tractor
- A giant Radio Flyer (ok, that one didn’t actually move)
We visited four states – three of which I had never visited before (four more to go to check off all fifty).
We visited one foreign country. It was brief, but it still counts, right?
We enjoyed multiple National Parks, National Monuments, National Forests, and National Historic Sites.
We stayed in one higher-end hotel, a few lower-end motels, and in the homes of friends and family.
We set our feet in Concrete, dined in Forks, found Opportunity, and got a charge out of Electric City (all located in the beautiful state of Washington).
I discovered that I am, indeed, the Center of the Universe, as well as pretty insignificant when compared to the size, power, and magnificence of a glacier.
Since we’ve retired, my husband and I have enjoyed traveling slow, quick getaways, long road trips, prearranged tours, spontaneous adventures, and a hodgepodge mix of travel styles. We have discovered that, whatever way we choose to travel, the important thing is to get up and go – and enjoy the journey as well as the destination.