Day 26... but first entry on the road!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Hello from sunny Cali! We couldn't ask for more perfect weather!

Unfortunately, this is the first time we've been able to write in the travelogue because our e-mail access has been EXTREMELY limited. And we've had a few other things to do other than sit in front of a computer. :) But we jumped at the free internet access offered at Community Coffee & Cookie in cute little Mendocino (on the northern coast of California). All we had to do was buy 2 delicious hot chocolates. A fair trade in my book.

It's hard to decide where to begin... So much has happened that it's hard to figure out what to say. And I feel bad that we haven't been able to share any of it with you yet! We've been on the road for 26 days now, and we finally reached the West Coast a few days ago! It was a joyous moment when we got our first official glimpse of the Pacific Ocean last Friday at Olympic National Park. Right before that, we were visiting my wonderful friend Rina in her awesome apartment in Seattle. For the whole first part of the trip we felt like we were working towards getting to Seattle, so it was satisfying when we finally got there. We got to regroup, clean ourselves up, and drumroll please... do laundry!

So now it's like we're on the second leg of our journey, getting to Colorado. It's really scary to think that we'll be applying for jobs at a ski resort and looking for a place to live in a couple of short weeks. So scary that we try not to talk about it. But after that, we'll head off on the third leg - our loop around the southwest.

A big thank you to everyone who has welcomed us into their homes! You have all been extremely hospitable. You don't know how much it means to us to be taken care of in a real home every now and then. (Even though living out of the Element is awesome!)

I guess that's all for now because I've gone WAY over my allotted 15 minutes, plus we have about 5 more hours of driving ahead of us today. We need to get closer to San Francisco since we're meeting Jeanne there tomorrow!! It will be great to mix things up and have a third travel buddy for a few weeks!

Take care and miss you all!
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