Exactly seven months ago today I started the epic road trip that brought me out here to the South to begin my new position at Coastal Carolina University. Tomorrow morning I will return to where my 3,000 mile journey started, only this time it will be via air. I hop on a plane at 7 a.m. Tuesday to start off a day of travel that will have me in Spokane by 3:40 p.m. local time.
Not going to lie, I am anxious to visit the west after 210 wonderful days in Myrtle Beach. I am excited to see grocery store chains I recognize, fast food restaurants I used to eat at, and streets I know like the back of my hand. I am excited to eat some home cooked meals, see some old friends, and visit some of my favorite bars. I am excited to see the pine trees, mountains, and western wildlife. But most of all, I am excited to see my family.
From Tuesday through Sunday night I will be staying at my parents’ cozy and warm home in north Spokane. Besides my mom and dad I am also anxious to see my brother and sister. Of course I am counting down the hours until I get to hold my niece, Mikayla, for the first time ever. I don’t think I have ever been more stoked for a Thanksgiving in my life.
I will miss the warm weather (it is 76 degrees here today as opposed to 30 degrees in Spokane) and the cheap gas but it is more than a fair trade to be reunited with my loved ones in the part of the country where I grew up. I just have to make the cross-country adventure first.
Ah yes, it will definitely be a trek getting from point A to point B. My flight out of Myrtle Beach will take me to Charlotte. After a layover of a couple hours, I will make the very long flight from Charlotte to Seattle. From there I will backtrack to Spokane where my parents will be waiting for me at the airport. It is just shy of a 12-hour travel day but well worth each holiday travel maddening minute.
Safe travels to everyone this Thanksgiving season. I hope many of you are as excited as I am. One of the best times of the year is here! Don’t Blink.