The most rememberable thing about a road trip are moments of insanity. When talking about nothing produces the most random jokes or replaying a George Michael song and making it in to a game. Five hours and a speeding ticket later we decided it was time to stop driving, Portland and Seattle could wait. We came across this beautiful little green town, stayed the night and tried not to think about how much the ticket would cost.
The next morning I tried to snap out of my bad mood, after all money is replenishable. Gus did what he does best, make me laugh. We discovered with his new hipster glasses he looked like Clark Kent.
At one of the rest stops we saw this large American monument in front of a Casino. It was a perfect photo op.
The moment we drove in to Portland we knew this place was different, after all everyone was letting us in their lane during rush hour. We stayed in Portland for a day and fell in love with the city! (more on Portland later)
We arrived in Seattle in two hours. We met up with Briana and Mario who are also from California. Meeting up felt like we were a few cities away from home.
The cool thing about a city like Seattle, is that you can walk upon a concert at any given moment. As we were walking to dinner there was a show taking place in an All Saints store.
The next morning we woke up to rain. As California kids we all said, “Well there goes the day, shutting down…” But then we saw the city moving forward. I suggested we go see Batman… but then.. we went down stairs to eat breakfast and all over the news.. the horrible tragedy . The Aurora massacre. I sat there numb. I’ve visited Aurora many years ago, my best friend from high school use to live there. Going to a theater was the last time we all wanted to do.
It soon stopped raining and the sun began to peck out. We made our way to one of Washington’s Parks.
For lunch I took my friends to Capital Hill, a place I discovered last time I was here. As we walked around I began to daydream about last year, walking these very streets, how much life has changed since then. A lot of questions that were running my head then were now answered.
Just before leaving, I met up with a couple who I did a Creativelive workshop with. I remember how easy they were to be around. They shared the story of how they met, about their new dog, having a missionary father in Africa and so many random adventures they had together. It was exciting to see them again, they made Seattle feel like home.
I looked at my watch and knew my time in Seattle was over. Time for Portland.