It all starts with China – dishes, not the place. Laura’s mom has given her some china that had belonged to her grandmother,and rather than ship the dishes, we decided to drive out and get them. Her mom lives on an Island in the Puget Sound about two hours north of Seattle, so this is going to be a coast-to-coast trip. We are both taking off two weeks to make a meandering drive out west, roughly following the Lewis and Clark trail for part of the trip. We don’t actually have a set itinerary, but we know that we want to be on Samish Island for about four days, we know when we can leave, and we know when we have to get back.
Our original intent was to rent an SUV and camp along the way. That plan changed when we got our convertible, and thought it would be the perfect vehicle for the trip. Of course, that meant trading campn gear for a place to store the roof when it’s down.
So I log onto MapQuest, plug in our address, plug in mom-in-law’s address, and come up with a route that’s 2871.21 miles long, and would take 43 hours 47 minutes if driving straight through. Oddly enough, the route roughly follows the Lewis and Clark Trail, and takes us near some interesting sites – Badlands, Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons.
The trip back will be a bit less meandering.