Parkersburg, WV (WTAP) -- This is my personal blog, and is NOT a news story. As such it is my opinion and does not reflect the opinion of the station, my family nor anyone else. Some people have problems understanding that this is a personal blog, and that’s why I have to add this disclaimer on every entry.
These blog entries will help to share some of the sights and experiences that we have on the September 2018 San Juan Islands trip with Holiday Vacations. It’s already become apparent that many people don’t know that these islands are in Puget Sound, in the Seattle, Washington area. So, from here on out, I’m going to be referencing this as the Seattle trip, and on each day, I’ll try to include a photo, some commentary, and update the progress of our trip.
We’re using a new laptop computer and word processor this year, after discovering what a pain my tablet was last year to type entries late at night. Hopefully, the keyboard will make this writing process a bit easier.
We’re also going to try something new to me, if we can get the sequence right and configure my phone to allow for Facebook Live reports. Every couple of hours, or at least once a day, I’m going to try to share where we are and what we’re doing on the trip to the station Facebook Page. It’s my understanding that these “reports” will be held and displayed, available in sequence for anyone to click on and view.
Since a lot of this will be stream of consciousness reporting, some typing errors will creep in. Also, in today's world of spellcheck and auto-correct, I hope you'll excuse a few misspellings.... though this program seems pretty good, I'm sure there are local names I am not going to get right.
Now, I don’t promise these reports will be totally accurate, because plans change, connections are made and missed, and sometimes the adventure of the trip is in the unexpected discoveries, and impulsive decision to go look over here, rather than there. But I will try to keep you updated on the highs and lows of a nine day trip as they occur.
I should also add, in case you’re not already aware, that this is a new trip offered by Holiday Vacations, a company out of Au Clare, Wisconsin who have managed all our prior 12 trips around the globe. We are honored to partner with them, and we’ve had nothing but good experiences with them on each of our many trips, from Hawaii to Alaska, Italy to Ireland, and London to Paris. It’s because of these great trips that I have complete confidence that they can handle whatever comes our way, weather, travel, meals or surprises. They’re a professional bunch who have the formula down and the pacing just about right.
So, as I make final packing decisions, and set up my computer to post this at 2 a.m. the night before the trip begins, let me assure you that I am excited to make this trip with our friends, and that we will all gather at 6 a.m. to board the mini-bus coach for the ride to the airport. That may seem pretty early, but we need the 3 hours to reach Pittsburgh airport, check in, make our flight, transfer at Minneapolis, collect more travelers, and ultimately, land at Seattle, all during the first day of the trip. It’s a travel day.
And there will be opportunities to sleep on the bus, on the plane and along the way so that we will enjoy our journey. So stay tuned and follow along, and maybe you can be on the next trip. (More about that later!)