So! Emily and I just got back from a two week road trip. How'd that go?
Fantastic. And a few train-wreck moments, and near-train-wreck moments, but boiled down to its core, it went fantastic.
Geocaching: I haven't finished logging yet, but we found over 150, including the Block Party and APE Mega event. Failed on the 10 icon day attempt. We each logged in five new states, although not the same ones. Uncounted new counties, but we almost drew a line from Seattle back home. At least a half-dozen challenges completed, a couple dozen virtuals, 4 webcams... lots of little things that would mean a lot if a single person reading this knew what the hell it means.
National Parks: First off, I screwed up big time, and left my passport at home. So we didn't route thru Canada on the way back as intended, and so missed Banff. Because I am an idiot. So our route consisted of Dinosaur National Monument, the Cascades (our re-route instead of Canada), Glacier National Park, and a drive thru Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Dinosaur was awesome; the Quarry wall of fossils, a nice campground, and a box canyon all to ourselves. The Cascades were quick, but lovely. Glacier we stayed at for several days; a drive along the Sun Road, a whitewater rafting trip, a hike up to Grinnell Glacier, camping in the rain, a night at the Lodge, and a couple of good steaks, one made of bison. TR was really lovely, but I was antsy to get home by then, so the time spent felt too long. We'll have to go back to that one.
Miscellaneous: We did a whale-watching tour north of Seattle, and had an A+ day. A minkie, two humpbacks, and a whole pod's worth of orcas. Two half-pods, really, since they were identified from both J and K pod. We had a couple of near-fights that turned into processes, as our fights tend to do, and came out the stronger for it. We drove through quite a lot of brushfire smoke; I hadn't expected to be affected that much. But Glacier was shrouded in smoke for most of our stay (the rain cleared it up in time for the Grinnell hike), and we had a brief moment of panic when 187 miles of I-84 were closed in Oregon before we got there. It was reopened by the time we arrived the next day, but we still worked out a couple of alternate routes. And, uh, I agreed to move to Seattle. So that'll probably happen in a couple of years. I haven't told FB yet, since it's way too early for that, so consider this an exclusive.
So, yes. A few bumps the road (my passport, a few near-fights, one big caching goal unclaimed, a few near-misses where we arrived *just* in time for something), but overall, this trip was fantastic. I'm almost done unpacking, not nearly done logging caches. And well back in the real world. Stupid employment.
Otherwise, one Halloween project was destroyed by its own company (I wasn't deeply involved, but deeply enough to watch the drama unfold), and I've accepted a role as a Core Actor for the Haunted Basement again this year. We had our first meeting yesterday, and a tour of the build in progress, and yeah. I am excited for this, still. Can't wait for that bit of the future to begin.
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