Our friend, Carlie, joined us for three days on our long road trip. She was the first (brave enough) to hop in the back seat of our ’95 Honda Civic and just go along for the journey as we made our way from Tacoma, WA to Astoria, OR.
We all looked forward to the trip together, but none of us anticipated the weather forecast for the three days: Rain, Rain, and Rain.
The second morning, we headed for Nisqually National Wildlife Reserve near Olympia, WA.
The last day – in Astoria, OR – we three strolled along Commercial Street. After awhile, Carlie asked with some exasperation, “Are we just wandering?”
Well, we DO travel slowly, and we DO tend to “wander” – or as we like to say – “explore”.
If we didn’t “explore,” we probably would have missed the old, restored Liberty Theatre.
If we didn’t “explore,” we would have missed the sea lions in the harbor, the art in the gallery.
True, our kind of exploring – slowly and taking plenty of time – generally resulted in our seeing many of the sights by the end of a long visit. But, with limited time to explore Astoria, our “wandering” probably meant Carlie missed places she would have enjoyed seeing. We just enjoyed catching up with her as we wandered.
Maybe there’ll be future visits when we’ll think to pick up the pace and do a little touring. We can always revert back to our slow method of exploring whenever it suits us. Lesson learned.