Hello dear ones. I have not posted in a while. I’ve been visiting with family and enjoying that time. Not being on the road and covering miles is a nice change as well. Will be here for a while longer and soak up some more good family vibes! Thanks to my niece and her family for letting me dry camp for two weekends in her driveway. There is a serious shortage of campgrounds in this metro and the final weekends of summer had NO VACANCY everywhere. I jenga-ed reservations and am good until mid-September.
You know how you get an idea in your mind and if you don’t head it off it starts to take hold – like a pearl, adding layer after layer until it becomes really dominating! I’ve been wrestling that alligator here. Being a solo traveler has it’s advantages – I make all the decisions! and disadvantages – I make all the decisions! I am faced with an issue, examine it, bounce the idea off myself, and then decide. Only in this case I have not been able to decide. The question is – what’s/where’s next?
Having the entire country open to me is daunting because there are endless options. I do have concerns about mountains and winter weather and want to get south in a timely manner. Is that by end of September, October? Should I go through California, Utah, back the way I came on I-90? I have no clue. I need repairs and some extra gear on this Airstream and that means finding a dealer where I can get an appointment – which can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks. I couldn’t get in at the dealer here unless I wanted to stay another 2 weeks.
All this indecision has festered, leaving me in doubt. Doubt creates more indecision and then I make up fears that all of this is going badly and I can’t do it. I know that is just a meaning I’ve created and is not real. Here is a meaning I acknowledge and give life to – I love the path I’ve chosen and look forward to seeing where it takes me.
It’s really that simple – choose a meaning and live into it. All the rest is made up too, so I choose not to be at its effect.
In between all this dithering, I have been able to see some wonderful sights, enjoy the tall trees, and finally – smoke free air! These first pics are where the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers join. A lovely campground with some really nice river access.
Snoqualmie is a place that embraces railroad history. They have a number of cars and steam engines from the early 1900s sitting in their rail yard undergoing refurbishing. There is a railroad museum that chronicles timber railroads. And the tourist attraction is the steam train that goes between North Bend and Snoqualmie on summer weekends. Here’s a peek at what they have stored in the rail yard.
Some final thoughts – savor moments, no matter how small. There is beauty everywhere. Take time to see it. Banish the fear, because it is just a thought that you can reject. Enjoy and love your life.