The past 18 months have not been kind to us travel bloggers. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to evacuate South America in March 2020 and cancel all our global travel plans for the rest of 2020 and 2021. Finally, this fall, instead of resuming international travel, we will be taking a domestic detour.
After a year-and-a-half of toilet paper treasure hunts and countless trips between the couch and the refrigerator, we are healthy, vaccinated, and ready to hit the road again. For the next two months, we will be staying in the western USA, driving through Western Washington and then on to San Francisco, California.
Western Washington is a natural and cultural wonderland. Our month-long road trip itinerary includes the beaches and rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula, waters and islands of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, metropolis of Seattle, and hiking trails in the Cascade Mountains.
To re-unite with loved ones, we will be visiting family while touring Western Washington. Esther’s brother Eric and sister-in-law Jacqueline live and work outside the town of Port Angeles on the Juan de Fuca Strait. My sister Mary and her partner Dave live in Mount Vernon north of Seattle.
After our road trip through Western Washington, we will set the parking brake and stay a full month in hilly San Francisco. We have rented an apartment in the Cole Valley neighborhood, adjacent to Haight-Ashbury and just a couple blocks from Golden Gate Park.
As a third-generation San Franciscan, a month in the city by the bay will be a homecoming for me. I am excited to re-visit my old stomping grounds, keen to explore new places, and interested to see how things have changed over the past few decades.
By driving through Western Washington and San Francisco, visiting family and familiar places, we will ease back into the rhythm of travel. Before long, we hope to continue our international plans, but for now, we are happy to be back on the road, following a domestic detour.
Feature Photo: Jaco and Eric’s Guest Cottage, Port Angeles, Washington
Blogger’s Note: In June 2021, we sold our home in Reno, Nevada and moved 850 miles (1,370 km) south to the Sonoran Desert and the city of Tucson, Arizona. In Tucson, we bought a home in an active adult community with a golf course, fitness center, and crowded social calendar. In Arizona, we hope to enjoy the warmer winter weather and a more healthy lifestyle while we rest between future travels.