California here we come!
Hmmmph. All that dash to get here and it turns out we now have to wait until the beginning of 2018 before we can even get started on the Mooch Across America Charity Drive.
Well, I for one am not feeling entirely impressed. I just want to get started!
So it turns out that we are going to drive from Vancouver to LA - go figure - all because MPJ wants to do some research, and that it needs to be in Southern California.
Jani gets cross with me for being impatient and tells me that compared to England I can't even begin to imagine how big the USA actually is. Hmmmph, does she think I'm dense? Of course I know how big America is! Sort of. Maybe.
So now here we are, setting off on our 'practice run'. This is our Honda CRV. Check out the car seat she got for me! I was a bit put out that she dubbed it 'The Princess Milly Throne'. Steady on, I am just an ordinary girl, there's really no need to be so sarcastic. Hmmph.
MPJ calls him our 'Trusty Steed' (whatever that means - sheesh) and in true White Family tradition (I'm rolling my eyes) she had to name our car.
We toyed with calling him 'Black Bart' but that just didn't fit, then we tried out Bart Simpson, but that definitely does not fit, then MPJ remebered her favourite Dr Suess character... so (fan fare) please let me introduce... Mr. Bartholomew Cubbins.
It actually kinda works, and when she read these books to me I could see what kind of person Bartholomew Cubbins is, and he pretty much sums up how reliable and trustworthy our car really is.
Road Trip Day 1 - July 10th 2017
Vancouver BC to Whidbey Island Washington
We looked at each other in amazement, laughed and gunned on to the I-5,
heading south on the start of our trip to LA.
We are honest -to-goodness 'Snowbirds' now.
Day 1 is taking us down the Chuckanut Drive - you have never seen blue like it! I am so grateful that MPJ decided to buy me the 'throne' so that I can easily see out the window.
We drove all down the coast, across the double bridge at Deception Pass and now we are on Whidbey Island. Jani hasn't been here in over 40 years! She keeps blabbing on and exclaiming with excitement every time she sees something she recognises.
Luckily MPJ thought ahead and made a reservation in a motel. It was just about getting dark when we pulled in, not too tired and properly feeling quite pleased with ourselves for having accomplished Day 1. Our best experience of Kindness today was the 4 people at the saloon bar who asked us to join them and happily spent over an hour pouring over our maps and giving us top tips of great places to go and see as we travel down the coast. One of the guys rode his Harley Davidson all the way down Hwy 1 to Mexico in 1975, and regaled us with tales of the good ol' days.
Now MPJ is all excited about doing Hyw 1. She's got a full on romantic notion about being on the coast the whole way down to LA. Works for me - I love the beach!
Having safely landed, having enjoyed a cold refreshing beer, having gained a bucket load of travel tips, it was time for something to eat.
Little did we know that Penn Cove mussels are famous all over the country, and lucky us to land up at the Front Street Grill for calm quiet sunset, for THE most delicious glass of Voigner (according to MPJ), for perfectly steamed fresh mussels, ending our day with a clear sense that all is as well as it possibly can be.
I'm not so sure about this motel lark, it's a bit strange to be sleeping somewhere different everynight. I'm so glad MPJ brought my special Canada blanket that her best friend made for me. It helps to make me feel much more settled. It smells safe.
Not an airplane in sight.