summer vacation

Summer 2018 Vacation Roadtrip to the PNW: Heading North to Washington State (Part one)

Summer 2018 Vacation Roadtrip to the PNW: Heading North to Washington State (Part one)

It had been about six years since Drew and I had taken a proper road trip to the Pacific Northwest. My family lives in Washington State, and he has a sister who lives in Portland. Every time we make the trek we always make time to see both. But because we had more time for this vacation we wanted to add something new into the mix: head even further north to Canada!

In our planning phase we were initially torn between going to Vancouver or Victoria. Drew thought it might be easier just to drive north into Vancouver. But I really wanted to us to experience the ferry, and I wanted to revisit Victoria. I had been there a couple times as a kid, and I wanted to go back and share that with Drew. Additionally one other place we knew we wanted to visit, that was new to the both of us, was Butchart Gardens. I have several family members who have gone there who said it was breathtaking, and sure enough, it lived up to the hype. But more on that in a minute.

Vacation Here We Come!

Vacation Here We Come!

It's the dog days of summer and vacation can't get here soon enough. Andrew and I are planning a West Coast road trip. My family still lives in Washington, and Drew has family in Portland. Our past few summer vacations have been to flying destinations. But because ground transportation is always a challenge for us in non-city locales, having a car is a must. As a bonus to this trip we are going to take a ferry to Victoria, Canada. This trip finally motivated me to get a passport, YAY!

Not that there isn't a lot going on here at the home front. Truth be told, there is no time this year that would be a good time for me to go on vacation. Every project that I have going has to-do lists with action items longer than I am tall. And, as it is, I will still be calling into two meetings while I'm on the road.