Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The PRE-Travel Blog: A Journey Home

Well, here I am sitting in the airport getting ready to head back to Mountain Home. Tomorrow morning we will leave our friends’ house and embark on a seven day journey to our new home in Dayton, Ohio. This is a little scary and exciting, because neither myself or Holly have ever set foot in the entire state of Ohio.

But first things were first, and we were fortunate enough to have a fantastic trip home for three weeks. This trip was rewarding and refreshing. I’m happy to report I saw more things and more people than I hoped. A recap!

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Early in the trip we took my little brother Jonathan out to Dosewallips River and then up Mt. Walker. This was a nice half day trip and just a taste of the next day, when our friend Brianna joined us on a trip to the Pacific Ocean, “Twilight”-crazed Forks, and the Olympic National Park at Deer Park.

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Also had the opporunity to pick up my brother Ryan at the airport coming back from his deployment, and attend a Mariners game with the best seats I’ve ever had (Thanks Christina!)

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Reunions abounded when I reunited with all the Rubino brothers for the first time, went to Deception Pass with my sweet in-laws, and went to dinner and the boardwalk with Holly, Brianna, and Sara.

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I went to a drive-in movie for the first time…

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It’s hard to leave friends, family, and places like that. But as we board the plane here in a few minutes, I’m thankful for what I have and I’m looking forward to the net phase of life’s journey. Thanks everyone in Washington and Portland for such a great time!

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Song recommendation of the day is from Gorillaz and is titled “Melancholy Hill”.

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