There is nothing like an honest to goodness vacation. Sure, I am fortunate that I can take some long weekends here and there, yet I ALWAYS still have to work no matter where I am at. This year for the first time in three years, I put my foot down and told my boss that I needed a real break. I took seven whole work days off in August without doing any work or really being in contact with the office. It was glorious. I highly recommend it.
In addition, I did something I have never done and loved every minute of it. What did I do? Well, for starters I shipped my motorcycle out to Seattle, WA so that I could ride to Vancouver, BC to spend several days. On top of that, I was not only shipping my motorcycle to Seattle and flying out to Seattle to start my vacation adventure; yet I was meeting/traveling with someone on this adventure who is also a fellow rider but someone I did not know. Grant it I wasn’t sure how this would work out. Yes, we seemed quite similar in interests and such while internet chatting, yet we were also obviously very different. Still, it worked out wonderfully and now I have a fabulous new friend on the other side of the US who happens to also enjoy travel and motorcycling.
I flew out to Seattle on a Wednesday night. Met my new friend, picked up my motorcycle and toured Seattle on Thursday and then headed off to Vancouver, BC on Friday. We took the long way to Vancouver, BC via motorcycle. My motorcycle and I had our first ferry ride, taking the ferry over to Whidbey island. Then we would our way across the island, over Deception Pass and through some beautiful mountains with water views. It was an amazing ride and though took pretty much all day, it was well worth it. We didn’t get into Vancouver, BC to our hotel until about 7pm that Friday night after leaving around 11am that Friday morning. If you can ever ride the Pacific Northwest via motorcycle, I HIGHLY recommend it.
Now, part of the reason, excuse, etc. for going to Vancouver, BC was to attend TFE2012. Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about this event as I am almost forty-five years old, have never done any event like this pertaining to a tv show I enjoy and well, honestly, felt a bit silly going. I am not one to seek out celebs, filming locations, etc. and well, I am not really impressed by mere celeb-ism. Just because a person is famous, doesn’t mean I am impressed by him/her or interested in meeting him/her. Anyway, I digress. The TFE2012 weekend revolved around the show Fringe. Now, I do truly love the show Fringe. I am also VERY impressed by the acting. This cast is well, amazing. Much to my surprise I have gotten quite attached to the characters and quite invested in the show itself. However, going to Vancouver, BC and touring around seeking out filming locations and such I was not sure at all was for me. What interested me was the opportunity to check out Vancouver, BC itself; and, well, I was interested in seeing what TFE2012 would be like and what the people that attended would be like. They had just under 100 people going to this. At one point however, I had decided not to go until Amy posted about riding motorcycles from Seattle to Vancouver; then, after chatting with her I decided to do it. So off I went to Seattle, then Vancouver, BC. We also rode motorcycles along the Sea to Sky Hwy up to Whistler, BC and back in Vancouver, BC tried to catch a bit of Fringe filming on set. We missed the filming and yes, sitting for hours can be a bit boring; yet the people I also met there and hung out with there were wonderful people to chat with and get to know.
I realize this blog post is getting long here so I will post later about the details of the trip to Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC along with some pictures. It was an AMAZING trip, with some amazing people and I have been blessed to have made many new friends along the journey. Seattle is an incredibly beautiful city and one I will have to go back to and spend more time. I have to say though that I absolutely fell in love with Vancouver, BC and definitely want to spend more time there. Now, I was blessed to be there during August which is when both cities have some of their best weather. Having that amazing weather made the trip I think the best vacation ever (outside of my trip to Spain many years ago). What made the trip the best vacation though was not only the city itself, yet the traveling via motorcycle to get there and the wonderful people I met during the trip! Some of these people I now call friends and keep in touch with until we meet up again.
On a final note, I will also say that I am so glad I went to TFE2012. If that makes me more of a nerd, geek or what have you, then so be it. I had experiences and met people that I would not have had otherwise. It was an incredible trip and though I about walked myself to death, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I am thrilled that I was able to step out of my self-imposed box, breakout from the mold of my every day life, try something new, take a wonderful adventure, explore new places, meet new people and yes…I think I am a somewhat changed person from having done such. Getting out of my comfort zone, doing something totally different, something I thought I would really enjoy (no matter what thoughts/comments came from the people I know) and just being in that moment able to relax and play was one of the most incredible things I could do for myself.
Can’t wait for the next adventure……..
(details of my Seattle visit, Vancouver visit, motorcycle travels to come in individual posts)