Thanksgiving Homecoming

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.

Seven months ago today I said good bye to my mom. I will be excited to see her again tomorrow.

This photo was taken exactly seven months ago as I said good bye to my mom. I will be excited to see her again tomorrow.

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.

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Homecoming

  1. Miss you already, but hope you have arrived safely and are snug and warm with your family. Be sure to tell them that you are much appreciated here!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Awww thanks JoAnna! I actually just boarded my last flight here in Seattle. I will be home in one hour. Long day of traveling but it will be worth it. Happy Thanksgiving to you!