Early Monday morning, Jim Headley and I loaded up a vehicle and left from Hastings to go on an adventure that will take us across the western half of the United States as we make our way to Oregon.
Jim, who has been one of my closest friends since we met in 2013, invited me along to visit the North American Jaw Harp Festival in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Since, I haven’t had a real vacation in a few years, I decided that it was time for me to get out and see a part of the world that I’ve never experienced before.
Already, the first day of our travels is over, and we’ve covered well over 700 miles. We’ve seen a number of interesting things on the road, from people carrying garbage bags full of trash into restaurants to a large amount of hail covering the sides of mountains. We will see what else our travels will have in store for us tomorrow as we make our way into Idaho.
With two states in the rearview mirror, we decided to settle at motel in Ogden, Utah, where, as I am writing this, we are peeking through our window as some questionable activities are taking place in the parking lot and laughing about it.
It’s all a part of the journey. Along the way, we are learning about life, and the best ways to live it. That’s what matters most though: sharing positive experiences with the people you care about. Taking some time away from things is a good thing for me to do, because it gives me a chance to sharpen my skills and renew my passion for doing what I do.
I’ll have an update on the journey again when I reach WiFi, but until then I’m going to enjoy this journey to the fullest.
Here are some photos Jim and I took while on the road Monday: