"The Hapa Haole Journal"
August 06, 2006 9:45 PM CDT
Subject: The HHJ:
Road Trip 2006
I've made my lists.
I'm checking them twice.
I'm not looking for who's been naughty or nice.
Because it's not Christmas in August, just preparation for my first road
trip since 1999. This time, I'm headed up to western Idaho right next to
the stateline where my grandparents used to farm. The man who is now
farming the ground where their house once stood is planning to
demolish the old bunkhouse and shed and I want to get a good
look at them while they're still standing.
You know how one thing leads to another? Well...
As long as I'll already be in the area, I might do some research in
various county seats in eastern and central Washington.
As long as I'll already be way up there in Washington, I may as well buzz over
to visit a friend who lives near Bellingham.
As long as I'll already be so close to Vancouver...
As long as I'll already be on the West Coast...
You see how it goes?
It all started when I was playing around in Microsoft Streets & Trips and
saw it routing me past Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountain National Park
in Colorado and right through Yellowstone in Wyoming.
Who am I to refuse God's gift of natural splendor?
With a bit of tweaking, I altered the route so I enter Yellowstone
through the Grand Teton National Park. Rather than coming straight back, and to
avoid the possibility of early snow in the high Rockies, I'd love to
return by driving next to the Pacific Ocean following the West Coast
down to San Diego then over to Death Valley and the Grand Canyon.
This grandiose plan is a bit unsettling in that I'm not used to having
the freedom to wander as I will. This is the first road trip I've ever
experienced that isn't constrained by having to get back to the office
on time. I won't leave until after my dental appointment (teeth
cleaning) on Aug. 22, but I already feel as though I'm free-falling
through time, exhilarated, yet not knowing how long it will take for my
parachute open and float me to a safe stop. Money is a constraint, of
course, but camping will make it go much farther.
I firmly believe that good things come to s/he who waits and this
adventure has the potential of fulfilling one of the dreams I've held
since I was a teen.
I hope you'll enjoy this segment of The Hapa Haole Journal and request
that you pray for me as well as those whom I may encounter along the way