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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Journey

 Road Trip Again...

The end of each month, since training ended, I've received a week of vacation, and with days off my husband and I have been driving to Southern California to visit my Dad and youngest sister. We are willing my Dad to hang on for one more month, each month. Tonight, I'm sitting in Lincoln City on the away back home, having arrived shortly after the lightening and a 12-hour day on the road. 

What is normally a 40 hour drive round trip on I-5, this time, is turning into a 47 hour round trip. We hit the beginning of the snow storm on the way down, therefore we are taking the Coastal route back to Seattle.  Storms have played havoc with the Coastal roads, too, so many areas stop and go with a single lane. To entertain us, we are listening to John Nance's Phoenix Rising. John definitely weaves a great story. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it! But the scenery never ceases to amaze me.

We drove 5 days, played bridge for four days, and golfed two of the mornings. Ate. Drank. And had fun times. Birthday trip is next month. 

Enjoy the photos of a beautiful world... Seattle to Palm Desert and back. 

Sometimes in life you are not dealt the best hand
But as long as you keep playing...
Life is good. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 


  1. Oh my God! Wow! I love the pictures! And the bits to eat and the drinks! Everything! I want to go on a road trip like that! :)

    1. It was so fun. Heading there again in a couple days. Hopefully my cards will be better this time. I keep promising my Dad he's getting a butt whipping... he laughs. Hasn't happened yet. He's getting good cards... which is keep his spirits up! You'll have a road trip soon!


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