A happy September and big hello from the beautiful state of Washington! After 11 solid hours of driving yesterday (we love road trips!), Mikey and I made it to the Lower Mainland in BC and successfully crossed the border into the Evergreen State. The day began with a 12 minute BodyRock workout + 2,000 jump ropes different ways; I wanted to get my sweat on in the morning before we left and sat still all day! And although we left our house later than we’d like and left more things at home than we’d like to admit, we made it on the road and were ready with good, packed-from-home food in true road trip form.
September 1st yesterday greeted us with SNOW on the mountains!
Some eats of the day included:
Breakfast: green smoothie (kale!) w/blueberries & granola and a delicious cup of black coffee!
A giant salad with lots of veggies from the fridge + hummus, an apple & an unpictured (delicious) cupcake from the other day!
LOTS of road-side cherries (this was basically dinner!) w/a late-night stop at Jack-in-the-Box…I got 1 taco and snagged a few of Mikey’s fries – not bad for not having a “real” dinner! Plus, this was a nostalgic snack; my grandma LOVED tacos from this place and any time I ever have one I smile and think of her.
Not only is this one of our favorite drives, but we have so, so many good memories here… Driving through the regular border stop, down I-5, and around familiar streets just felt good! I love this area.
We left our house not knowing where we’d stay that night, sent an email from my phone to some friends, and ended up in the hipster town of Bellingham where we stayed with our friends Kurtis and Rose. How cool to have friends in different spots in Canada and the US who are so supportive, generous, and hospitable! We love these two with a deep affection and enjoyed catching up on life with them. A dessert of hand-picked blackberries with some natural, organic vanilla ice cream and homemade biscuits by Rose sure didn’t hurt either. Kurtis, not the biggest dessert guy, was talking this up like crazy so we gave in (sure, twist our arms! ) and dug in; delicious! Thanks Rosie!
Knowing I’d be on the water and on islands for the next week I got up around 6:15 and was out the door for a run in my VFF’s by 6:30 am. I’m SO glad I got up! I forgot how fun the South Bay Trail is and hopped on it right from their place, running roughly 4 miles under canopies of old growth trees, over the water across bridges, and through trendy neighborhoods and coffee shops where other runners started their days in a similar manner. My legs felt strong and my pace was fast; I think only running once this week and focusing on strength workouts made my body ready for some running motion!
I arrived back at Kurtis and Rose’s apartment, showered up, and chomped some natural vanilla yogurt with a fresh peach, some blackberries, cinnamon, and Uncle Sam’s cereal and sipped a great black coffee. Before I knew it we were packed up and headed out the door – errands and deadlines called us out early and by roughly 8:30 am we were driving away.
Thanks, Kurtis and Rose, for your hospitality even on the eve of your trip and for sharing life with us; we love you guys!
Tonight everyone flies and/or drives in to the hotel, we group up, and Saturday we’ll take the ferry across to Vancouver Island and then to Quadra where we’ll begin the neat process of getting to know each other and connect as a group. Sailing skills and some practice also starts tomorrow, and then Sunday we set sail for about a week! The next post I write will have some fun pictures showing God’s incredible creation and beauty – if you ever get the chance to sail around the Desolation Sound area, do it! What an incredible landscape. We’re also looking forward to the relationships that will come out of this new expedition; there’s just something about being surrounded by so much beauty that breaks down walls quickly and brings people to honest, vulnerable places with each other. I love the process that a group, who begins awkwardly not knowing one another and feeling each other out, goes through as they end up bonded and having shared so much.
Have you ever been sailing? How about to Washington? You’ve got to try them both if you’ve never experienced the water or WA!
Are you mourning the loss of summer or excited about the coming of fall? I’ve been soakin’ up the summer sun rays and moments but absolutely love this change of seasons…plus candy corn and crunchy leave!
What are you looking forward to this month? Getting back to personal training (looks like I’ll be training on my own house-to-house again, which I love!); the feeling of a “fresh start” that the knowledge of a new school year brings; our small group from church starting up after the summer break; pumpkins (both in foods/drinks and on the doorsteps of suburban homes!); how extra-good a cup of coffee tastes with a chill in the air; running through the fall.
Until then, have a great weekend and week and continue to live well as you focus on loving others and engaging in life with them. Here’s to a healthy and fun start to this beautiful month!
Yours, Bonnie (& Mikey)
PS – Thanks for all the well-wishes in your comments on our trip! Sorry to not respond – internet is here and there and we are running around like crazy (as usual) before the trip officially starts. But your words mean a lot to us!