This is a hidden gem that is easily missed as it appears to be a little tiny town off the grid.
Traveling North on I-5 past Seattle, a short drive through gorgeous farmlands with amazing flowers, lands you in the quaint downtown. Along the way, you will find on your honor, flower and produce stands, where you insert cash or check into the box as you take the fresh from the field goodies.
Here’s where I got my Washington cherries, that did not disappoint.
Tom was wondering where I was taking him as we drove through farmland then pulled into the Wild Iris Bed and breakfast. We needed to walk after driving all day and so we strolled down the Main Street after checking in. his surprise at the end of the street was the ocean.
We had a lovely dinner on the water as it doesn’t get dark until 9pm. I had a delicious local beer and clam chowder and it was a glorious 70 degrees and sunny.
When we pulled into the hotel parking lot with our U Haul and all my belongings for the next few months in tow, I felt an uneasiness and asked Tom to park the car somewhere where we could view it from our room. Later that afternoon when he wanted to shut the blinds I requested them left open to view the car. While eating dinner in the room, as we are being so careful in distancing, wearing our masks and cleaning our hands, I heard an electric saw and I observed a man by our car facing our hotel window. I immediately texted Tom “Go to the car NOW!” I was not sure what was being done by this guy but my gut told me something was wrong. I opened the window and we made eye contact and I yelled “I am calling the police”. At that the guy ran off and Tom arrived and say nothing amiss.
However, when Tom went to start the car to move it to the hotel enterance away from the field behind the parking lot, the car sounded like a race car and he knew immediately that the catalytic converter had been stolen.
Here’s what I learned to share with you, always trust your gut and when traveling never let your guard down. I was unable to accurately describe the man except that he was Hispanic and wearing a bandana on his head. It wasn’t enough. Train your mind to remember details.
Other reminders as I’ve pondered on traveling safely are:
Don’t wear anything flashy and if possible wear something with hidden pockets. I have yoga pants with a pocket on both sides of the leggings. I can keep my mask, hand sanitizer and a credit card and hotel key and my hands are free.
Next time I travel I will have copies of documents and not the originals. Because I’m moving this trip is different.
Know where you going. Don’t let others see you on Google maps and let someone know where you are going.
Before this trip I had no idea what a catalytic converter was. Now I know it is a nonessential part of my Honda that thieves commonly remove to sell for the metal. Without one the car sounds like a race car and so far three local auto shops are unable to supply what we need to get on our way and so I am taking this time to do stress management. Perhaps you find yourself in a stressful situation as well. Here is what I do: take deep inhales and exhales, focus on all there is to be grateful for, pray and then take the next step.
Today is a gift and I will choose to find joy in it. I often ask locals while traveling their thoughts on mechanics, places to go and maybe even what to watch out for in the area. Yes, we can get a later check or spend another day. Please use this as a reminder to travel safely because adventuring brings new life to our weary souls.
And you know what? Your adventure today could be a Utube video to a destination of your choice or a local park. Sometimes to have a beautiful place to go to in your mind for 5minutes, may be the safest adventure in this day.
Be healthy, Be safe and just Be.
Please leave additional traveling safety tips in the comments that you find helpful.
I’m passionate about following Jesus. I am compassionate and a leader. I love the outdoors. I’ve been a nurse for 35 years, mostly a pediatric intensive care nurse who now is a hospice manager. I am a life coach. I am a yoga instructor. I love to ride my bike, hike and kayak.
I believe everyone needs a community and a place to belong. I’m hoping through this blog others will be motivated to live their best selves and step courageously into their next adventure as the Holy Spirit leads. I also hope to educate on living ones best life, even at end of life, through the eyes of this hospice nurse manager.
My intentions in writing this blog is to encourage others to be well in body, mind and Spirit.
In this pandemic season we are in, I am finding the true riches of life are relationships and health.
Come with me as I courageously move to Whidbey Island Washington, on my journey. I am leaving all I know behind and yet taking all of who I have become. I am stepping into a future that God has planned for me.
Greeting each new day for the gift it is. Stepping out in faith to meet the challenges and enjoying the journey.
The goal is to create a life I do not need a vacation from.