Northwest Trek – Heading Home and Looking Back

22 Aug

We came to the end of our trip, which meant a long flight back home. It was nothing like the return trip of Lewis and Clark, but it still took a while. We had a layover in Los Angeles that brought to mind the old Susan Raye song, “L.A. International Airport.” Unfortunately, that was the only thing pleasant about the experience.

One would think that the second largest city in the United States would have a decent airport. One would be wrong. We landed in one terminal and were told that our connecting flight in another terminal. No big deal. We could just catch the tram to the other building. That is when we found out that the Los Angeles International Airport does not have a tram, or a train, or a monorail. It has a bus that takes you on the tarmac. That is the same tarmac where planes taxi to the runway. In short, the airport is a disaster.

Despite the airport craziness, we made our connection and got back to Tennessee. In the days following, I looked back upon the trip and thought about everything that we did and saw. Overall, it was a good trip. We spent time cutting up and laughing and having fun. We also saw some things that we had never seen before.

Although we had been to Oregon and Washington, it was only long enough to say that we had been there. This time, we saw some stuff.

Looking back, I think we should have spent more time in Washington and driven into the eastern part of that state. Oregon has some great things, but there was not enough in between to justify the drive. Washington is a smaller state and, looking at the map, may have a few more places to see.

Despite that bit of hindsight, I am glad that we made the journey into the Northwest. It gave us the opportunity to spend time together, and it allowed us to explore some territory that we knew little about.

With that being said, I will end this series with a picture of my dad and my brother. I hope you can make them out.IMG_2691

I hope everyone enjoyed reading about our trip. The next post will be about the regular goofy stuff.

8 Responses to “Northwest Trek – Heading Home and Looking Back”

  1. Manu Kurup August 22, 2014 at 03:39 #

    Wonderful selection of photograph to show your Dad and Brother. 😀
    Look like you had a great journey. Peace.

    • Rick August 22, 2014 at 04:11 #

      Thanks. I think it’s a good likeness of them.

  2. Andrew Petcher August 23, 2014 at 09:20 #

    Good stuff Rick – I’d like to do that trip!

    • Rick August 23, 2014 at 13:36 #

      Thanks. It is worth a visit.

  3. jcalberta August 23, 2014 at 14:32 #

    I’ve driven through NW US on several occasions … camped there … different kind of people up tthere … rugged individuals who want their freedom and to do things their way without restrictions and a lot of Law. Love the solitude in some areas. The pure waters. Vast areas of wilderness – easy to imagine a creature such as Bigfoot living there.
    Like the coastal drive too.

    • Rick August 23, 2014 at 18:14 #

      When we got into Washington, I kept thinking about D.B. Cooper. He jumped out of an airplane and into the middle of it. I wonder what happened to him. Bigfoot may have found him before the authorities could.

      • Necole Bell August 25, 2014 at 01:46 #

        As much as I missed you while you were gone I have loved reading of your journey. One of the many things I love about you is that you still enjoy spending time with your family and making memories. These times are priceless!! The picture was great!! No Photograph release contracts needed for that one. Lol.
        Love Your Wife,

      • Rick August 25, 2014 at 01:49 #

        I love you. I thought that picture would work. I like the memories we have made and am looking forward to making more.

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