Seattle was a much needed week in one place. I was so grateful to have friends of a friend, Debra and her family, that let us stay at their beautiful house on an island outside the city. The best experiences have come from meeting new people along the way!
I'm also glad I had my sweet friend Vanessa to hang out with me. I recently stumbled across this article which is a great, and funny, read. The importance of a good travel buddy cannot be understated.
"This is the kind of person you want to travel with. The kind that can roll with the inevitable punches. The kind of drama-free dream-buddy who looks for solutions instead of dwelling on problems. Because things will go wrong when you travel. Lots and lots of things. The trick is knowing how to deal with them."
Luckily we didn't have very many things go wrong. There was that time, or two, when we missed the ferry and had to wait an extra hour. Or got lost in the Discovery Park after the sun went down. But you figure it out ya know? It's all part of the adventure.
"Everyone, however, should try to travel with someone gregarious and fun, someone who will saunter up and introduce themselves to foreign strangers, someone not afraid to throw themselves into a scary situation, someone who will laugh off the bad times and embrace and celebrate the good, someone with patience, someone with a passion for adventure, someone who will make your travel experience infinitely more enjoyable with their mere presence.
That's the person you want. And you'll be able to forgive them when they chew their food noisily."
After she flew back to Chicago I spent time with a few other talented artists and photographers- Rattlesnake Lake with Sam Fu and Kyle Ford, hiking around Mt Rainier with Greg Sheehan, photographed Elena throwing fire, and spent a few days with my friend Elizabeth from college.
The Pacific Northwest sure is a lovely part of the country.