Day 14 – Pinot you Didn’t

Yesterday was another transition day as we moved from one adventure to another. We drove from Seattle to the Portland area.

Olivia entertained Toby much of the way .

We stopped at a few wineries to stretch our legs and take in the magnificent views.

While we have met many people on our journey, the people in Washington have been exceptional. I,be thought about them often over the past few days. They seem to have been through a lot these past few months, yet everyone was exceptionally kind, and that is probably the best thing a group of people can be to each other. Everyone wears masks, however they seem to do it as an act of respect and kindness, not because they have to. They are so happy to see you at their business and they want to protect you while you are there. We as the customers felt the same way. We want to wear masks to protect each other. Sure, it was minor inconvenience, but it is nothing in the grand scheme of things. The key word here is consideration.

I was very nervous going to restaurants and wineries at first. But, overall, everything has felt very safe and well organized. There was only once where I felt like things were a little unsanitary and we got out of there. Overall, everyone is trying really hard, and they are being creative on how they serve others.

After arriving in Vancouver, Washington, we check into the hotel and started doing some repacking.

It was nice to be in our room relaxing and playing games. We even watched some TV. Since we left, we have tried to avoid the news or anything that tries to put a negative spin on things. We watch only shows that make us laugh which so far have only included Friends, Modern Family and Golden Girls (of course).

We have also had a chance to look at things from a different perspective. Instead of the news telling us what is happening, we see, and then we discuss. We have seen the protests (one was outside our hotel yesterday). We have seen the toll that coronavirus is taking on everyone, and we have seen the hope as businesses start to reopen their door. It has been fun to celebrate with them and discuss their hopes and fears. The stories are inspiring and hopeful. Instead of approaching these things with fear and avoidance, we have gotten to experience them and see some of the good that is growing from these difficult times. It has been a trip to remember, and what I will remember most are the wonderful people we have met along the way.

Let’s Check In with Everyone.

  • Daddy Brock check-in:
    • Rose: Beautiful landscapes
    • Thorn: Found my first wine that smelt like dirty diapers.
  • Daddy John check-in
    • Rose: Beautiful vineyards with Mount Saint Helens in the background
    • Thorn: Not every wine maker can make good wine.
  • Olivia check-in
    • Rose: Driving to Portland
    • Thorn: boring wineries
  • Toby Check-in
    • Rose: We found a winery that allowed dogs, and not kids… take that Olivia!
    • Thorn: Most wineries allow kids, not dogs.

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